[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Disputes between developers - draft guidelines

>>"Ian" == Ian Jackson <ian@davenant.greenend.org.uk> 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 [1].  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 !

	Oh, Jesus.

 "Although Poles suffer official censorship, a pervasive secret police
 and laws similar to those in the USSR, there are thousands of
 underground publications, a legal independent Church, private
 agriculture, and the East bloc's first and only independent trade
 union federation, NSZZ Solidarnosc, which is an affiliate of both the
 International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the World
 Confederation of Labor.  There is literally a world of difference
 between Poland - even in its present state of collapse - and Soviet
 society at the peak of its "glasnost."  This difference has been
 maintained at great cost by the Poles since 1944. David Phillips,
 SUNY at Buffalo, about establishing a gateway from EARN (European
 Academic Research Network) to Poland
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
1024R/C7261095 print CB D9 F4 12 68 07 E4 05  CC 2D 27 12 1D F5 E8 6E
1024D/BF24424C print 4966 F272 D093 B493 410B  924B 21BA DABB BF24 424C

Reply to: