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Re: "Bug of the month", or how to get people fixing bugs

[Please Cc: me since I am not subscribed, I hope mutt figures this out]

On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 03:45:18AM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> Here's the basic idea: turn bug-fixing into a game (a counterbalance
> to the huge quantities of time which moon-buggy and frozen-bubble have
> taken away from Debian development).

Please consider http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?BehavioralEffectOfMetrics.

Especially following section:

| As JimCoplien has been saying for years (repeating an old adage),
| "What gets measured gets done." Measure the Severity A bug reports?
| Nothing that doesn't actually kill a user will be higher than Severity
| B. How long are bug reports in the "open" state? They never will be;
| they'll skip directly from "created" to "closed" (or will be
| transitioned as soon as the system allows). Track how many lines of
| code a programmer writes? You'll see a lot of comments. Measure lines
| of non-commentary code? There are tricks to bloat that one, too; you
| may even encourage copy-and-paste.-( Measure how many bug reports a
| programmer does real work on? You'll see heavy concentration on
| trivial fixes, and an avoidance of doing anything complicated.

| I've always mistrusted software metrics. All too often, all they
| measure is how well people can manipulate them. (I hate having this
| attitude!  Improving software quality or software development without
| metrics is like loosing weight without ever getting on a scale. Not
| that getting on a broken scale will help a dieter any....)
| --PaulChisholm 

I can only support Andres Salomon, that very much care has to be
taken, to _not_ bias this game against current goals (quality and
users). Iff this can be archived, it could be quite fun ...

> If you have ideas for a better name, send them to
> asuffield-botm-name@debian.org.

"Hunt the Wumpbug"

Regards, David
Afrika kommt nach Europa. Das ist der Kontinentaldrift. Da kann man auch
mit einem neuen Asylgesetz nichts dagegen machen. Das sollte mal wer
denen von der FPÖ erklären!
	-- Dieter Nuhr (www.nuhr.de) in der Wiener Remise, 2002-08-02

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