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

[Please retain the CC to the bug, I'm not on debian-devel]

Julian Gilbey <J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk> writes:

> On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 01:20:58PM -0700, Adam Conrad wrote:
> > In closing:  Organizing bugs good.  Helps people out.  Screwing with stuff
> > you don't understand bad.  Closing other people's bugs bad.
> But marking fixed if they are and the package's BTS section is
> unmaintained and the maintainer is unresponsive is probably OK.

I think it's ok even if the bug list *is* actively maintained -- this
is for Debian developers, btw.

Here's the relevant section again:

     For extra credit, you can go through other packages, merging bugs
     which are reported more than once, or setting bug severities to
     `fixed' when they have already been fixed.  Note that when you are
     neither the bug submitter nor the package maintainer, you should not
     actually close the bug (unless you secure permission from the

I think this is a valid activity.  Now, maybe I'm wrong -- I dunno.  I
haven't really heard any arguments why this activity should be
disallowed.  I've never seen any maintainers have a problem with this
kind of thing (especially when done with intellegence and

So I dunno -- I could strike or reverse this section, but someone
needs to put forward some reasons why it's a bad idea.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onshore.com.....<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>

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