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Re: dormant bugs and our perception



On Mon, 31 Dec 2007, Jon Stanley wrote:

I was triaging old bugs in the FC6 kernel, and got this back form a
reporter.    While I agree that a lack of response can be frustrating
to a reporter, I'm not entirely sure what (if anything) we can do
about it.- I'm sending this to marketing-list since it seems to be a
problem for us rather than QA - though probably both, and I'm sure
alot of us are on both.

Handling this exact kind of problem is why bug triagers are worth their weight in gold.

Because here's the thing: people don't expect all of their bugs to be magically fixed. (Well, some do, but it doesn't make good business sense or good community sense to cater to unreasonable people.)

What they *do* expect is for someone to say, "gee, thanks for posting this bug, we'll set the priority accordingly and maybe poke a developer." And we fail pretty miserably at that.

Cross-posting to the Fedora advisory board list. Our inability to create and nurture a bug triage community continues to be painful, and our current QA resources within Red Hat continue to be (necessarily) technically focused rather than community focused. This is a problem we need to solve.

--g

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Greg DeKoenigsberg
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