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Re: Work-needing packages report for Dec 9, 2011

]] Russ Allbery 

> Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen@err.no> writes:
> > Maybe we should consider closing those bugs after a while?  While I'm
> > sure help for grub2 would be welcome, are people actually going to see
> > that bug which is about 7.6 years old?  What are the criteria for
> > closing the bugs?
> Yeah, I've been wondering about that for a while too.  Part of the problem
> is that I've yet to meet an open source package that couldn't use more
> help in one sense or another.  So there's no clear "we now have sufficient
> help" point.

I've always (well, since they were introduced) thought about the RFH
bugs as either «we're now starting a team effort to fix up $package,
please come and help» and more commonly: «I'm stuck maintaining this
package with a mostly nonexistent/dysfunctional team, if somebody else
who uses this would like to chip in, it'd be great».  So, a way to
highlight sore spots and get attention.

A «please help me» bug that's been open for an average of almost three
years isn't getting attention, nor highlighting anything.

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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