Re: Upcoming Debian Releases
email@example.com (Dale Scheetz) wrote on 08.01.97 in <Pine.LNX.3.95.970108133949.1926Bfirstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Yes, there are reasons for bugs to go unanswered "forever"!
> All of the attempts to "tighten" up
> the bug system "appear" as pinative and bureaucratic without speaking to
> the nature of what "critical" means.
Certainly doesn't look that way to me.
> > Enhancements are seldom the responsibility of the maintainer and should
> > be "forwarded". If they are the responsibility, they should either be
> > done within 3 months or discarded.
> We seem to disagree here as well. Don't forget this is an organization of
> volunteers and those voluteers need to be encouraged not threatened. If we
> throw away all requests for enhancements after just 3 months we will never
> get a better interface for dselect, just to mention something that IS
> critical and important.
So what's wrong with "forwarded"?
> upstream maintainer. If that bug is left in the tracking system, the
> maintainer can point to it and say the the Pine Developers "Hey guys,
> this really doesn't reflect well on you", and have some expectation of
> moving events along. In these cases (at least for Pine) "fixing it
That only works if it _is_ forwarded.
> > > > * No bug reports older than 12 months at release time
> > > > (email@example.com)
> > >
> > > Please, not based on time?
> > Then what? The phase of the moon? A bug can be so marked if somebody
> > reports it as serious. This is just to keep them from being forgotten
> > about.
> Phase of the moon? That's just another time base, no.
> Determine how critical the bug is by applying some objective criterion!
Time *is* an objective criterion. And, strictly as a user, I'll definitely
say that the older a bug is, the more critical it is. Even a fairly small
bug can get extremely obnoxious if nothing is done about it.
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