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 for misfeature
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Misfeature \Mis*fea"ture\, n.
     Ill feature. [R.] --Keats.
     [1913 Webster]

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

  misfeature
   /mis?fee'chr/, /mis?fee`chr/, n.
  
      [common] A feature that eventually causes lossage, possibly because it is
      not adequate for a new situation that has evolved. Since it results from a
      deliberate and properly implemented feature, a misfeature is not a bug. Nor
      is it a simple unforeseen side effect; the term implies that the feature in
      question was carefully planned, but its long-term consequences were not
      accurately or adequately predicted (which is quite different from not
      having thought ahead at all). A misfeature can be a particularly stubborn
      problem to resolve, because fixing it usually involves a substantial
      philosophical change to the structure of the system involved.
  
      Many misfeatures (especially in user-interface design) arise because the
      designers/implementors mistake their personal tastes for laws of nature.
      Often a former feature becomes a misfeature because trade-offs were made
      whose parameters subsequently change (possibly only in the judgment of the
      implementors). ?Well, yeah, it is kind of a misfeature that file names are
      limited to six characters, but the original implementors wanted to save
      directory space and we're stuck with it for now.?
  

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

  misfeature
  
     /mis-fee'chr/ or /mis'fee"chr/ A feature that eventually
     causes lossage, possibly because it is not adequate for a new
     situation that has evolved.  Since it results from a
     deliberate and properly implemented feature, a misfeature is
     not a bug.  Nor is it a simple unforeseen side effect; the
     term implies that the feature in question was carefully
     planned, but its long-term consequences were not accurately or
     adequately predicted (which is quite different from not having
     thought ahead at all).  A misfeature can be a particularly
     stubborn problem to resolve, because fixing it usually
     involves a substantial philosophical change to the structure
     of the system involved.
  
     Many misfeatures (especially in user-interface design) arise
     because the designers/implementors mistake their personal
     tastes for laws of nature.  Often a former feature becomes a
     misfeature because trade-offs were made whose parameters
     subsequently change (possibly only in the judgment of the
     implementors).  "Well, yeah, it is kind of a misfeature that
     file names are limited to six characters, but the original
     implementors wanted to save directory space and we"re stuck
     with it for now."
  

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