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From user + hostile, influenced by user-friendly.

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user-hostile (comparative more user-hostile, superlative most user-hostile)

  1. Difficult to use, especially for an untrained user.
    • 1994: Jakob Nielsen, Usability Engineering
      Usability is not a quality that can be spread out to cover a poor design like a thick layer of peanut butter, so a user-hostile interface does not get user-friendly even by the the addition of a brilliant help system.
    • 2002: Mark Pearrow, The Wireless Web Usability Handbook
      If you've had some experience using JavaScript and HTML, then you know that JavaScript can be used to make an interface much more user-friendly (even though it can also be used to create user-hostile features, even ones that crash the browser).