What are bugs? Are bugs really work items?

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Tue Oct 12 17:56:23 UTC 2004

Christian Robottom Reis wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2004 at 07:28:13PM +0100, Gervase Markham wrote:
>>I still don't see "healthy progress" as "throw everything in, cook it 
>>down, and see what emerges", primarily because anyone using the software 
>>during the cooking process will not have a pleasant experience.
> 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 think we're talking at slightly cross purposes. I agree that, in an 
idal world, we'd release more often. We all know the reason 2.18 took so 
long is because we took too long to freeze and so had too much change - 
a vicious cycle. But that's not the same thing as saying that we should 
take every feature someone comes up with a patch for, see which ones 
users like, and remove the rest (which is chicks' cooking proposal, as I 
understand it.

> 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.

Magic clocks which give everyone more time would be fab, I agree :-) I'd 
like to put much more time into Bugzilla, but I'm stuck doing 
mozilla.org stuff at the moment.


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