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From John Fereira <ja...@cornell.edu>
Subject Re: Note on WIKI useage
Date Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:14:20 GMT
At 10:56 AM 6/24/2005, Nathan Maves wrote:
>Like many other open source solutions that I use, this site has it
>correct.  They ask new users to search for their problem in both the
>Wiki and the mail archives.  Of course it would be nice it they read
>the manual first.  If they can not find a solution they are more then
>welcome to ask it on the alias.
>Most of the support people only have time to respond to email.  If we
>find that it is a common problem and we have a solution we will post
>it to the Wiki.

There is actually a third, and perhaps more useful place for users to 
search for information regarding problems they having with an open source 
project.  Most of the open source projects that I have been involved with 
(mostly just as a user of the technology) have bug/issue tracking systems 
such as Bugzilla or Jira.  The advantage of searching such a system is that 
those that have taken on the responsibility for actually fixing issues do 
monitor the issue tracking system and may actually receive email if an 
issue is logged on a component for which they're responsible.  The better 
issue tracking systems allow the "assignee" or reporter of a problem to 
include comments, attach a patch file, and at the very least describe the 
resolution.  In some cases this might include a comment such as "fixed in 
version 1.3.2", which would be quite useful for someone that encountered a 
problem when using version 1.3.1.

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