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Re: Making "entry-point" nee "gift" a real BTS tag [Re: Facilitating contributions by newcomers]

On Tue, 11 Nov 2014, Don Armstrong wrote:
> The existing help tag is really for bugs for which the maintainer needs
> or wants help; these are basically a superset of entry-point, and bugs
> which are more difficult than it would be reasonable for a new
> contributor to help.
> I suppose it would be reasonable for bugs which are tagged entry-point
> to also be tagged help, but I'm not going to mandate that.

In fact, I believe they should be mostly disjoint. As a maintainer, I
welcome help on all bugs.

When I tag a bug help it's because I believe that I don't have the skills
to fix it by myself and that external help is really needed to make some

On the contrary, a bug tagged "entry-point" is a bug that I can perfectly
fix by myself but that I don't handle immediately because I believe
that it would be a good task for a new contributor to jump in (and
possibly also because I have other more pressing things to do).

So we should possibly update the descriptions of the tags accordingly.
What do you think?

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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