What are bugs? Are bugs really work items?

Christopher Hicks chicks at chicks.net
Sat Oct 9 22:56:15 UTC 2004

On Sat, 9 Oct 2004, Gervase Markham wrote:
> I seem to have missed the original of this...


> but I don't think anyone's annoyed.

When I only hear crickets I get worried.

> I just wanted to point out the difference in goals to make sure that 
> no-one was misled.

Cool.  Did you feel I was being misleading somehow or just inadequately 

> We have enough trouble keeping up with the bug fixes and feature 
> requests to make Bugzilla a world-class bug-tracking (or defect-tracking 
> - call them what you like) system. This is demonstrated by the fairly 
> slow pace of development and the difficulty in getting reviews. Trying 
> to be different pieces of software as well would just lead to developers 
> being spread even more thinly than they currently are.

I'm not trying to change this mindset.  I understand it.  I respect it. 
It doesn't make me jump for joy, but I'm not going to fight it.


There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make 
it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way 
is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
  -- C.A.R. Hoare

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