Trivia: misfeature

Q. What is a misfeature?


A program feature that eventually causes lossage, possibly because it is not adequate for a new situation that has evolved.

Since a misfeature results from a deliberate and properly implemented feature, a misfeature is not a bug. A misfeature is usually carefully planned, thinking it will “help the user.”

Many misfeatures (especially in user-interface design) arise from development reasons and personal taste rather then adhering to laws of nature and common sense.

“Well, yeah, it is kind of a misfeature that file names are limited to six characters, but we wanted to save space and we are stuck with it now.”

Source: New Hacker’s Dictionary



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