- [coined in response to WYSIWYG] Describes the command-oriented
ed/vi/nroff/TeX style of word processing or other user interface, the
opposite of WYSIWYG. Stands for “You asked
for it, you got it”, because what you actually asked for is often
not apparent until long after it is too late to do anything about it. Used
to denote perversity (“Real Programmers use YAFIYGI
tools...and like it!”) or, less often, a
necessary tradeoff (“Only a YAFIYGI tool can have full programmable
flexibility in its interface.”).
This precise sense of “You asked for it, you got it” seems to have first appeared in Ed Post's classic parody Real Programmers don't use Pascal (see Real Programmers); the acronym is a more recent invention.
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