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Bug#484804: developers-reference: please add a suggestion to comment a "wontfix"

On 06/06/08 at 17:28 +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
> Package: developers-reference
> Version: 3.3.9
> Severity: wishlist
> Hi,
> #468858 includes one more example of a DD whose social skills are not
> developed enough to apply a nanogram of common sense and to explain
> why he doesn't intend to fix a bug.
> I therefore suggest adding a sentence to the second paragraph of
> bullet (2) in chapter 5.8.3 so that it will say:
>     If the bug submitter disagrees with your decision to close
>     the bug, they may reopen it until you find an agreement on
>     how to handle it. If you don't find any, you may want to tag
>     the bug wontfix to let people know that the bug exists but
>     that it won't be corrected. Please make sure that the bug 
>     submitter understands the reasons for your decision by
>     adding an explanation to the message that adds the wontfix tag.

We have to be careful if we add something like that. Currently, I think
that it's generally considered that the maintainer has authority on his
packages' bugs, and can handle them the way he wants.
Your paragraph:
- explicitely gives submitters the right to reopen a bug if they
  disagree with the maintainer's decision to close a bug.
- gives submitter the opportunity to require that a bug with
  disagreement is left open, tagged wontfix.

If your goal is only that maintainers explain why they mark a bug as
wontfix, please suggest a change that only does that :-)
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