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From Ralph Goers <>
Subject Re: REQ Fixing really old bugs
Date Mon, 10 Oct 2005 19:47:04 GMT

Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:

> Le 10 oct. 05, à 16:07, hepabolu a écrit :
>> ...while looking at Bugzilla I noticed some open bugs entered as far 
>> back as 2002. Could someone have a look and do _something_ about it? 
>> It's not a good sign that bugs are open thatlong...
> I don't think we'll ever get there, my last count says we have 303 
> open bugzilla issues, and my perception is that we have little 
> collective energy to analyze and prioritize them, we've been chasing 
> this for months now without significant results.
> How about doing a "bug amnesty" as follows?
> 1) Set ALL Cocoon2 open issues to WONTFIX state, with a comment like 
> BUG_AMNESTY_2005_10 and a link to a wiki page explaning what's happening.
> This will send a mail to bug reporters, people in CC etc. to give them 
> a chance to react.
> 2) In the explanation, ask people who receive these mails to reopen 
> the issue if they think it is still current, if their patch still does 
> make sense, etc.
> Explain that the goal is to have an up-to-date list of relevant issues.
> This would allow collaborative cleanup of the list of issues by the 
> people who are interested in them. We might miss a few issues if 
> people don't reply, but they'd be marked with BUG_AMNESTY_2005_10 in 
> the comments if we need them back, so easy to find.
> Without such a scheme, I'm afraid we'll drag this list forever without 
> being able to separate the wheat from the chaff.
> -Bertrand

I wouldn't do this with all bugs, but if a bug has been opened for 6 
months or perhaps a year or more and has had no activity then I think 
changing its status to EXPIRED would be appropriate.  It can always be 
reopened and fixed.


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