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Re: Firefox bugs mass-closed.



On Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 07:08:19PM +0000, Juliusz Chroboczek wrote:
> >> Since this particular bug is trivial to reproduce (ls
> >> ~/.mozilla/firefox/), it would appear that the Firefox maintainers
> >> are mass-closing bug reports without even checking what they are
> >> about.
> 
> > Considering that the message which has been sent to you does not close
> > the bug, nor does it do anything but request the submitter or those
> > who have seen the bug to replicate it, it's perfectly reasonable.
> 
> They are requiring me (the submitter) to take explicit action just to
> make sure that an easy to reproduce and perfectly current bug report
> is not closed.  This is reasonable?
> 
> > feel free to jump in and help triage.
> 
> I am already actively helping with those projects for which I know the
> upstream code intimately.  I don't expect to be required to actively
> participate in all of the Debian packaging efforts I submit bug reports
> against.

  that's sad for you. When you report a bug, you can thing it's a fire
and forget thing. But then think that teams that the KDE one, the
firefox one, the Gnome one have thousands of bugs to deal with. And not
later than today on IRC we discussed that, and _I_ find perfectly
sensible that bugs that are opened for say 1 year, get a "ping" mail to
the submitter to say (basically):

      heya this bug is opened for [X months], and since last version
    ([VER]) the maintainer uploaded [X] new upstream releases, and maybe
    your bug was fixed. If you can check it, you would save us a lot of
    work. If the bug is closed, please send a mail to
    control@bugs.debian.org containing:

        fixed nnnnn [CURRENT VERSION]
        thanks

    or if it is still reproducible:

        found nnnnn [CURRENT VERSION]
        thanks

    Thanks in advance.


  If you _just_ do that, we could often save a _LOT_ of time to
maintainers, as it makes things distributed, hence unload maintainers.
We could of course skip +wontfix bugs that are likely to never been
fixed. But I really believe it to be _excellent_ practice.

-- 
·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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