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 for provocative maintenance
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  provocative maintenance
   n.
  
      [common ironic mutation of preventive maintenance] Actions performed upon a
      machine at regularly scheduled intervals to ensure that the system remains
      in a usable state. So called because it is all too often performed by a {
      field servoid who doesn't know what he is doing; such ?maintenance? often
      induces problems, or otherwise results in the machine's remaining in an un
      usable state for an indeterminate amount of time. See also scratch monkey
      .
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  provocative maintenance
  
     [Common ironic mutation of "preventive maintenance"] Actions
     performed upon a machine at regularly scheduled intervals to
     ensure that the system remains in a usable state.  So called
     because it is all too often performed by a field servoid who
     doesn't know what he is doing; such "maintenance" often
     *induces* problems, or otherwise results in the machine's
     remaining in an *un*usable state for an indeterminate amount
     of time.  See also scratch monkey.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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