Bug#484806: developers-reference: please suggest cloning instead of reassingning
if a bug in package A affects operation of package B, the bug will be
re-filed over and over against B if the maintainer of B just reassigns
the bug to A.
I therefore suggest re-wording the first paragraph of bullet (2) in
chapter 5.8.3 to say:
If the bug is real but it's caused by another package, just
reassign the bug to the right package. If you don't know which
package it should be reassigned to, you should ask for help on IRC
or on <email@example.com>. Please make sure that the
maintainer(s) of the package the bug is reassigned to know why you
reassigned it, for example by Cc:ing the message that does the
reassign to firstname.lastname@example.org and explaining why the
bug is reassigned. Please note that a reassignment is _not_
e-mailed to the maintainers of the package being reassigned to, so
they are not going to see the bug until they do bug triage if you
don't Cc the reassignment.
If the bug affects the operation of your package, please consider
cloning the bug and reassigning the clone to the package that
really causes the behavior to avoid the bug getting invisible in
your package's bug list which might cause users to report the same
bug over and over again. You might also want to block "your" bug
with "their" bug to document the relationship.