What are bugs? Are bugs really work items?

Joel Peshkin bugreport at peshkin.net
Mon Oct 11 22:03:51 UTC 2004

Christian Robottom Reis wrote:

>That's what releases are for. I don't think end-users should be using
>development versions, and the really conservative approach to CVS HEAD
>tends to hurt us long-run.
>I get the feeling there are lots of volunteers willing to help Bugzilla,
>but very few willing to endure the very slow rate of review and feedback
>they get after submitting their first change. Maybe that's a feature of
>the process, but maybe it isn't.
It took a lot of work to stabilize 2.18 after the huge pile of stuff 
that went in on HEAD between 2.16 and 2.18.   There were a lot of 
changes that went in on HEAD that had to be fixed by a very small cadre 
of people (yes - I know you were one of them). 

I think that our position towards feature bloat caused by people who 
stick around to maintain the feature should be very different from our 
position towards features from people who just want to contribute a 
feature to HEAD and walk away.

For now, we should encourage the work-item folks to work with us to make 
maintainable interfaces where their customizations can interface.  Then, 
if we find that the actual customizations reach a criticial mass of 
users and maintainers, they can land.


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