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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

frob /frob/ 1. n. [MIT; very common] The TMRC definition was ?FROB = a protruding arm or trunnion?; by metaphoric extension, a frob is any random small thing; an object that you can comfortably hold in one hand; something you can frob (sense 2). See frobnitz. 2. vt. Abbreviated form of frobnicate. 3. [from the MUD world] A command on some MUDs that changes a player's experience level (this can be used to make wizards); also, to request wizard privileges on the ?professional courtesy? grounds that one is a wizard elsewhere. The command is actually ?frobnicate? but is universally abbreviated to the shorter form.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

frob /frob/ 1. [MIT] The TMRC definition was "FROB = a protruding arm or trunnion"; by metaphoric extension, a "frob" is any random small thing; an object that you can comfortably hold in one hand; something you can frob (sense 2). See frobnitz. 2. Abbreviated form of frobnicate. 3. [MUD] A command on some MUDs that changes a player's experience level (this can be used to make wizards); also, to request wizard privileges on the "professional courtesy" grounds that one is a wizard elsewhere. The command is actually "frobnicate" but is universally abbreviated to the shorter form. [Jargon File]