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Re: Bugzilla semantics: marking bugs as triaged

On Tue, 2009-07-21 at 12:07 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > The benefit to the developer would be in properly assigning the bug to
> > the right component, or getting enough useful information out of the
> > reporter.  Such things should be evident without any other marking by a
> > triager.  Either there was value added to the bug and visible to the
> > maintainer, or there was nothing more to add.  In either case, the value
> > to the maintainer is there whether the triager has left footprints or
> > not, so it seems that the actual value of the /footprint/ is to prevent
> > multiple attempts at triaging.
> No, the idea is to allow developers to pay attention mainly to issues
> that have been triaged. To do this they need to know which are which.
> But there's not much point arguing about this, as all proposals allow it
> to happen.

Sure, I always pictured triage as a added bonus one might get on some
bugs, but never going to be to the point where as maintainers we'd just
ignore untriaged bugs.

> > Triage can accomplish all of
> > their goals without ever touching the bug state.  Why spend time and
> > effort fighting over something that clearly doesn't matter?
> Because it's the status quo, and changing it requires either significant
> upheavals in existing bugs, or a period of confusion where multiple
> methods are in use. Either of these is a 'cost', so we have to
> demonstrate a sufficient benefit to make it worthwhile.

It's only been the "status quo" for a very short period of time in
relation to the lifespan of Fedora itself, and while there is a one time
cost, it's IMHO lower than an ongoing cost of frustration and anger over
continued quibbling over bug state meanings.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- FreedomĀ² is a feature!
identi.ca: http://identi.ca/jkeating

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