I think from time to time of the "Ritual Cat" parable, third at this link, which sketches how people/organizations may continue a practice out of habit, even when the original reason for doing it has disappeared:

I expected that there would be a jargon term for this phenomenon, in the same vein as "yak-shaving" or "bikeshedding". But if there is one, I haven't been able to find it. So I propose "cat-tying".

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