As I write these words, this column has just marked its fifth anniversary. The first Whiteboard, "That Just Drives Me Nuts!" (January-February 2000), involved a group of contributors who responded to an invitation to write about a software feature that tempted them to scream at the screen or tear their hair out. For this issue I decided to evoke whimsy instead, and invite poetryhaiku and limericksabout usability or interaction design. The responses fell neatly into six categories, the first of which addresses, serendipitously for the theme of this issue of <interactions>, the clash of professions that contribute to the…
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