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working as designed

working as designed in Technology

(IBM) Conforming to a wrong or inappropriate specification; useful, but misdesigned. Frequently used as a sardonic comment on a program's utility or as a bogus reason for not accepting a criticism or suggestion. At IBM, this sense is used in official documents!
See BAD.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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