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Re: Attempted summary and thoughts

On Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 01:27:55PM +0200, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis) wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 March 2007, Russ Allbery wrote:

> > *what's* in it.  Just because it has a patch tag doesn't mean it's
> > necessarily any higher-quality of a bug unless it's been triaged.

> It may not be higher quality, but it almost definately is higher effort.

> Correspondingly the frustration on part of the bug/patch submitter when 
> there's no response at all will be higher also.

In my experience the correlation between the patch tag and the quality
of the report is fairly weak.  Often a clear and lucid bug report that
outlines the required fix won't have the patch tag because it hasn't got
an a literal patch.  Often a patch is the first thing someone thought of
and has serious problems or requires noticable effort to understand due
to a lack of commentary.

> when a maintainer is completely ignoring bugs with patches, he's essentially 
> ignoring people who are trying to help (or at least that's how the bug 
> submitter is likely to interpret it).  

> That's something the project should obviously discourage, doubly so on 
> packages that need help.

I don't think anyone's saying we shouldn't discourage unresponsive and
unhelpful maintiners.

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream - or a fever."

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