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Fwd: closing out old bugs of unmaintained releases



As part of a re-launch of the bug triage project [1,2], I believe that
it would be beneficial to mass close the bugs that are for releases
that are no longer maintained.  Please find my proposal for this
below.  Sorry for cross-posting, but it's relevant across multiple
communities within Fedora.

I will be at FUDCon in order to discuss the very topic of the
re-launch of the triage project.

[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-advisory-board/2008-January/msg00009.html
[2] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-marketing-list/2008-January/msg00000.html

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jon Stanley <jonstanley gmail com>
Date: Jan 4, 2008 1:45 PM
Subject: closing out old bugs of unmaintained releases
To: fedora-advisory-board redhat com


I can put some time this weekend into closing out old bugs, however,
before doing so, I wanted to make sure that our messaging is crystal
clear.  What I had been doing for kernel bugs is placing them in
NEEDINFO_REPORTER and asking if the problem still existed, etc after
manually reviewing the bugs (some I changed to a current release
because it was mentioned in comments, but not in the version
metadata).  However, this won't scale - there's no way that I or
anybody else can reasonably review 3600 bugs for ones that are
incorrectly tagged.  This leaves us with ~9000 bugs (F7, F8, and
rawhide) to deal with (still a monumental task).  I propose doing
something similar with rawhide bugs that haven't been touched in ~6
months, not sure of the number of those, haven't looked yet.  Here's
the proposed comment to WONTFIX these.  I want to get the most input
possible before doing this:

<begin>
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug.  Unfortunately, this
version of Fedora has reach end-of-life and is no longer maintained.
Please refer to  http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LifeCycle for an
explanation of the Fedora lifecycle policy.

We therefore regret the necessity of closing this bug report WONTFIX.
Please upgrade to a currently maintained release of Fedora, currently
either Fedora 7 or Fedora 8, and attempt to reproduce this bug.  If
the bug still exists, feel free to re-open this bug report, changing
the version accordingly, or file a new bug report (you can use the
'Clone as Bug' link at the top of this bug report in order to preserve
the content of this bug in the new one).

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you, and thank you for
your continued support of Fedora!
<end>

I propose starting with FC6, since that recently reached EOL and
people would be understanding about it (hopefully).
Comments/thoughts/suggestions/flames welcome.



-- 
Jon Stanley
Fedora Ambassador
jstanley fedoraproject org


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