Bug#414517: Bug closing documentation needs clarification
reassign 414517 bugs.debian.org
severity 414517 wishlist
tag 414517 moreinfo
retitle 414517 [documentation] who can close bugs needs clarification
On Mon, 12 Mar 2007, Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> Package: debbugs
> Normally, the only people that are allowed to close a bug report are
> the submitter of the bug and the maintainer(s) of the package against
> which the bug is filed. There are exceptions to this rule, for
> example, the bugs filed against unknown packages or certain generic
> pseudo-packages. When in doubt, don't close bugs, first ask for advice
> on the debian-devel mailing list.
> I've been told on d-devel that the BTS doesn't actually care about
> the maintainer when closing bugs, and it's just considered impolite
> to go around closing other peoples' bugs without permission. This
> paragraph should be clarified.
"allowed" there doesn't refer to a technical restriction, but a social
one. In light of that, I'm not entirely sure what is confusing,
because that's definetly the case.
A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very
easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over
expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without
discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the
syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors
are an abundant source of gain.
-- Anatole France