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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] "difficulty" field for Bugzilla
Date Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:09:15 GMT
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Kay Schenk <kay.schenk@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/26/2012 07:26 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:47 AM, Andre Fischer <awf.aoo@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 24.10.2012 22:28, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>>>>
>>>> @Regina,
>>>>
>>>>    Yes, Wizard is a reference to the level of mastery that a solver must
>>>> possess, and is one of those "which one of these words does not belong"
>>>> solutions.
>>>>
>>>> There is a well-known *logarithmic* difficulty scale that has been used
>>>> over 40 years for problem difficulty.  It might be worth adapting:
>>>>
>>>>    (after unknown),
>>>>
>>>>     00 easy - immediately solvable by someone willing to do it
>>>>     10 simple - takes minutes
>>>>     20 medium, average - quarter hour
>>>>     30 moderate, an evening
>>>>     40 difficult, challenging, non-trivial (term project, GSoC...)
>>>>     50 unsolved, deep, requires a breakthrough, research
>>>>        (PhD dissertation)
>>>>     60 intractable (that I just made up - probably not something that
>>>>        is technically feasible regardless of skill, Nobel Prize,
>>>>        P = NP, etc.)
>>>
>>>
>>> Is this not similar to what Knuth used (uses) in his "Art of Computer
>>> Programming" series?
>>>
>>
>> It reminds me of Knuth as well.
>>
>> In any case, I've added the new field, using the above scale, but
>> changing "unsolved" to "research", since all open bugs are unsolved in
>> some sense.
>>
>> -Rob
>
> Rob, Will you be updating the information/instructions on:
>
> http://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/QA/HowToFileIssue
>
> with this new field?
>

I don't think the average bug reporter has any idea whether something
is an easy fix or not.  Only a developer would know this.  And
developers don't read pages with names like 'How to file a good Issue"
;-)

But I will document as part of the new volunteer orientation stuff I'm
writing up.  There are a number of pieces that I need to connect
together -- the new volunteers directory, the new orientation modules,
the BZ difficulty field, etc.  Hopefully I can get this ready to
launch soon.

-Rob

>
>>
>>> -Andre
>>>
>
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>
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