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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

It is a design bug - a bug by design. It is sometimes also called a misfeature. That is, it is intentional, part of the design. (Something that was overlooked at design time can also be called a ...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

Misfeature is sometimes used for deliberately introduced features that are bad ideas. While mainstream dictionaries have archaic: a bad or distorted feature (MW) Wiktionary has An ...
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Alternative terms to "Blacklist" and "Whitelist"

I'm almost a decade late to the party, but I tend to use different terms depending on the context. When appropriate, I use: Exclude List Allow List In other contexts, I use: Block List Allow List ...
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What is an online "shop" that provides only software available for free?

How about repository (Computing) A central location in which data is stored and managed: the metadata will be aggregated in a repository Oxford Dictionary Online
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Why is "closed source" used, and does it parallel "open source"?

I don't see a problem with the phrase "closed source". "Closed" means "not open". The opposite of "the door is open" is "the door is closed", not, "the door is close". Similarly, there is "open mind" ...
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What is an online "shop" that provides only software available for free?

Library, perhaps? ("Free library for apps" might be clearer if you're willing to use more words.)
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Does the term 'master' in git (the VC system) refer to slavery?

The term "master" is often used in mechanics to refer to a device that controls other devices. A common usage is master cylinder, which is a device that controls subordinate devices in a hydraulic ...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

You could use words like nuisance, inconvenience, hassle or menace to refer to such an unwanted feature. Can you please remove the ability to do XYZ, it is a nuisance? Although these words are ...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

I sometimes use anti-feature, analogous to anti-pattern--a software code design pattern that is harmful (causes bugs, wastes resources, etc.) and should be avoided. The latter is usually only used ...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

When the code is correct but the product is not, there is a design defect. Some call it a design flaw.
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What could you call a library of medical images and other data relating to bones or skeletons?

Do the former patients have easy access to this data? I wouldn't think so. Would there be requests to see old PET scans, MRI images by former patients? Perhaps, but I doubt the images would come with ...
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Why is "closed source" used, and does it parallel "open source"?

"Open" is an adjective, and "closed" is the opposite, so "closed source" does indeed parallel "open source". "To close" is the opposite of the verb "to open".
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Code vs. Coding

Code is the result of a coding process. The coding (process) of an algorithm results in executable code (product). There is a similar question about learn to code vs learn coding. In that case they ...
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What is an online "shop" that provides only software available for free?

I think catalog is the best word to use here. a list or record, as of items for sale or courses at a university, systematically arranged and often including descriptive material It is often used ...
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Alternative terms to "Blacklist" and "Whitelist"

UK NCSC to stop using 'whitelist' and 'blacklist' due to racial stereotyping. The UK cyber-security agency to use "allow list" and "deny list" going forward. From the article: "However, there's ...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

Software engineer here. I would use the word bloat or creep (as in feature creep) to describe these unwanted features. They are neither bugs nor design flaws. I would not use the terms deprecated or ...
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What is the name for a hardware equivalent of a Widget?

It's still a widget. Widget was a general term for a small piece of hardware long before software existed. The term was just incorporated into software terminology. The same thing thing applies to &...
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Word for the opposite of a feature in software development. An unwanted feature

A particularly apt metaphor that I've run across, although not very common at all, is dead bird feature. The author of this blog post relates a story wherein a sick cat-owner is presented with a ...
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Proper call to action text for button: "Request system alert to be closed"

TL;DR - Use Request closure. You're correct that it should be in the imperative. But you need to be careful, because "request" is both the imperative form of "to request" and a noun (meaning "...
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Term describing a tolerable error in context of software

There's actually a lot of more-or-less standard terminology for this in various bug-tracking systems. Cosmetic refers to an error that does not affect functionality, but rather is visual only. ...
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Term describing a tolerable error in context of software

Recoverable Error as a distinction from the severe errors / exceptions. a program error that can be corrected and does not cause the program to fail or irretrievably lose data.
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What is an online "shop" that provides only software available for free?

"Store" doesn't carry the same "payment" meaning as "shop", being (a) a place where things are stored, and (b) common in phrases like "App store" where some products are paid, some are free. There's ...
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Is the word "App" evolving?

I think you've already demonstrated that the answer to your question is yes, the meaning is changing. But I don't know if I agree with many of the distinctions you're making. These distinctions were ...
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Proper call to action text for button: "Request system alert to be closed"

Dismiss is often used in this context: Dismiss To put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject. - OLD. Putting something off, casting it away (out of sight etc.) is ...
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Using 'all' without a noun or pronoun

All is a Quantifier. That's a part of speech that the Romans didn't know about, so they left it off their lists. Other English quantifiers include some, any, few, quite a few, many, most, 33, over 50,...
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What is an online "shop" that provides only software available for free?

If you wish to emphasise that this feature is for browsing through software packages, rather than a mere store-house for downloads, you could try gallery: a room or building in which people look at ...
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Single word(s) that describes all activity sorted by recency

You could use chronological / reverse-chronological, though that's really two words. adjective: chronological (of a record of events) starting with the earliest and following the order in ...
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Term describing a tolerable error in context of software

You want WARNING. This isn't really an ELL question - in computer land there is a well established hierarchy of errors you are expected to use. For application logging events should generally be ...
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