"The fact that its a crappy feature makes me think it must have originated with a developer.
Developers and User Interfaces don't tend to get along well; you need to go out on the street and grab a couple of people wearing matching outfits and get them to draw your UI on a napkin or something."
Of course it is more funny then true, isn't it?
This was comment to story about Pidgin being forked because of developers didn't wanted to bend to user needs. It was all about flexibility of the Pidgin. The controversial feature wasn't allowed to be turned off.
By the way, do you imagine Apple's designers bending to users' needs?