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Re: Bug#88623: Should not suggest manipulating others' bugs

On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 07:02:51PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> Ben Harris <bjh21@cam.ac.uk> wrote in bug #88623:
> >Package: developers-reference
> >Version: 2.8.4
> >Severity: normal
> >
> >I've been told by Adrian Bunk <bunk@fs.tum.de> that package
> >maintainers shouldn't manipulate bugs filed against packages other
> >than their own without the permission of those packages' maintainers.
> >This clearly conflicts with the Developer's Reference which states (in
> >section 10.2 of version 2.8.4:
> I don't think this is current practice at all; I've often done what the
> developer's reference suggests, particularly when a maintainer appears
> to be missing in action, and now and again a maintainer has come back
> and thanked me for it. Obviously people should exercise discretion, and
> malicious changes to other people's bugs are strongly deprecated, but in
> general I think anybody who wants to spend the effort cleaning up bits
> of our enormous, sprawling BTS should be encouraged to do so. Maybe if
> more people looked at the bug lists for large packages whose maintainers
> haven't worked on them for a while then the bug lists might get to the
> point where the maintainers could face the task of trying to get it down
> further.

Hear, hear.

Periodically some kind soul will apparently take a look at some of my
bug reports and merge them, or reassign them, or whatever. I am very
grateful whenever it happens...


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