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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject How to make things better
Date Wed, 27 Oct 2004 04:25:50 GMT
Luigi Bai wrote:

>> If you have ideas on how to make it better, we are wide open to 
>> suggestions.
> Okay, assuming your sincerity - what is the current method for 
> committers to find/fix/close issues in Bugzilla? 

there is no codified method. Basically, one those patches/fixes/bugs 
that are promoted by somebody that really cares (and really keeps 
bugging us) get in. The others remain in a limbo until somebody cares.

> Are votes used, or longest time open, number of comments? 

we have cronned script that sends a list of unapplied patches to the 
mail list every sunday. it was a nice try but if everybody skips over it 
the way I do, it's pretty much useless.

currently, we have no way to "rank" the most important issues. I agree 
that would be a great addition. Something like "vote your issue" would 
go a long way to identify what things we can work on.

> How often are these criteria 
> applied (periodically, only FirstFriday, only before release)?
> Knowing these, we can figure out a way to improve the system, or the 
> users's expectations (or both!).

We tried to improve the system with FirstFriday. It was a nice try but I 
think it's not keeping up with the expectations.

The "bugathon" worked well for the past 2 years, but we need something 
more continous.

I like your suggestion of improving the 'ranking' of the pending issues, 
so that one doesn't feel overwhelmed without an indication of importance.

Of course, on the other hand, every ranking methodology might hide some 
of the issues even more.


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