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Re: request to kill nag messages

On Wed, 19 May 1999, Christian Kurz wrote:

> Branden Robinson <branden@ecn.purdue.edu> wrote:
> > On Tue, May 18, 1999 at 03:32:20PM -0400, shaleh@clifford.livenet.net wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > I'm not the only one to be annoyed at the nag messages that are sent out.
> > > > Can the script please be disabled.  There are better ways to find out bugs
> > > > you have open.  Long-standing bugs are likely to be less important than
> > > > recent bugs too.
> > > > 
> > > 
> > > I would rather see the old bugs closed.  An old bug is still a bug.
> > > 
> > > Don't like the messages, help close the bugs.
> > Wrong.  Brian White is no longer the release manager, so he has no special
> > privilege to send mails like this.
> Oh, does somebody need a special privilege to tell us which general bugs
> are too old and need to be resolved? I don't think so.

No one needs to take on that job, as the BTS already reports all open bugs
twice a week to every developer. 

If this was simply a report to the list, once in a while, like the
"critical bugs that need to be fixed" list, there would be no problem.
Instead this mail is generated automatically and sent to every developer
with an open bug report over a certain age.

> > This is no different from some "helpful" developer spamming people who,
> > say, have had bugs open for over a year.  Such people have (rightly) come
> > under fire in the past.
> And what do you propose should be done with bugs that are so old? Still
> let them stay open and look somewhere else? No, that isn't a solution.
> The solution is to contact the developer and ask them about the bugs and
> try to track the problem down and fix the bug. This has nothing do to
> with spamming instead these are person, which are interested in
> improving th quality of the distribution.
This is not a "person" asking a developer to fix a bug. This is an
automated system that spits out messages with NO content of use to the
developer, and adds nothing but bulk to the already functional system.

This _is_ spam, and nothing more. Please be aware that any message with
the word "Nag" in the subject is always deleted and never read when sent
to me, so if you really want to contact me don't use that word ;-)

You aren't really suggesting that any "well meaning" person is correct to
set up an automated system for notifying developers about <place your
important issue here>, then you should not complain when some dodo sends
you, and the list, critical information about how to get rich quick. He is
only trying to be informative...


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