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Re: Bug#224742: Related to this issue...

On Mon, Dec 29, 2003 at 02:13:19AM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net>
> > On Sun, Dec 28, 2003 at 11:34:37PM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > > How can a wishlist item be used to "bludgeon" in any way?

> > Reopening a bug report that the maintainer has closed, when it is clear
> > the maintainer disagrees with you (and isn't merely mistaken on
> > technical grounds) interferes with the maintainer's ability to manage
> > his package's open bug reports through the BTS,

> How? Does it somehow stop the maintainer from closing items that are
> genuinely resolved, or setting tags, or adjusting titles or severities?

Are you being deliberately obtuse?  It limits the effectiveness of the
package's BTS page as a tool for the maintainer, by requiring it to
include irrelevant (from the maintainer's POV) bugs that do not
represent outstanding issues (again from the maintainer's POV).  This
constitutes an ultimatum to the maintainer: acquiesce to the submitter's
request, or put up with this degradation of the BTS's utility to you.

The principle is that of optimizing for the common case.  I as
maintainer spend a lot more time referencing the BTS page for my package
than all the people interested in a particular wontfix-wishlist; so
given that all bug data are equally permanent additions to the BTS, why
should the submitter of a wishlist bug be allowed more control over the
default BTS view than the package maintainer?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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