Re: Disputes between developers - draft guidelines
>>"Ian" == Ian Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Ian> I disapprove of the `wontfix' tag, in principle. It seems to me that
Ian> there are three possible relevant situations:
Ian> * There is a deficiency in the package, but perhaps the maintainer
Ian> does not have time or expertise to fix it. The bug should remain
Ian> open, maybe with `help'.
Not a candidate for th wontfix tag.
Ian> * There is no deficiency in the package. The bug should be closed.
Also not a candidat.
Ian> * The question is currently disputed. `wontfix' is not an appropriate
Ian> tag here, since it implies a decisive outcome, rather than an
Ian> ongoing process . I wouldn't mind `disputed' tag; that would
Ian> indicate the need for continuing discussion.
No, the dispute resolution process has collapsed; and th person
who does the work has determined that th bug shall not be acted
upon. Disputed implies progress may still be made; wontfix means I
WONT FIX THIS. There is a difference.
Ian> Note that the BTS is not a good place to document commonly reported
Ian> mistaken (or controversial) bugs. That should be done in package
Ian> documentation in the usual way. If this is done correctly then
Ian> repeated _useless_ bug reports should be generally avoidable -
Ian> although you can reasonably expect (and indeed it would be
Ian> appropriate for) people to file new reports if they have substantial
Ian> new arguments etc.
Utopia. In practice, if some idiot out there is ropening bugs,
and there is no common ground, wontfix is a statement of intent.
Ian> Be flexible; try to avoid categorical statements such as `I
Ian> will never implement that'. There is no shame in being
Ian> convinced, by good arguments, to change your mind, even if you
Ian> have just been vigorously propounding the opposite view !
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