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Old 03-10-2011, 07:25 PM
"Kevin F. Quinn"
Default Quantity of open bugs

Hi all,

I was nosing through bugzilla, and noticed:

* Number of open bugs is greater than 14,000
* Number of open bugs untouched for more than 2 years - well over 2000.
* Number of open bugs untouched between 1 and 2 years - well over 2000.
* Number of open bugs untouched between 6 months and 1 year - well over
* Number of open bugs untouched between 3 months and 6 months - over

The winner is bug #78406, which hasn't been touched for over 2240 days
- over 6 years - at the time of writing.

I would guess these old untouched bugs aren't actually going to be
touched, ever - a lot simply won't be relevant any more for one reason
or another. All they're doing is cluttering up bugzilla.

So I'd like to suggest a drastic, perhaps controversial action. Mark
all bugs that haven't been touched for over (say) 3 months as
"Resolved:Wontfix", with a polite comment saying that it is closed due
to lack of resource amongst the volunteer developer community. I'm
sure a suitable bugzilla script wiz could do that relatively
easily. Users who care about such bugs can still comment on them, or
talk directly to the assigned dev to highlight it's still a relevant
issue to them, or even to supply a solution against the current tree.

It could be an ongoing policy, in which case, users who care about
them can keep bugs alive simply by posting useful updates to the bug,
describing how the issue still applies to a new revision for example.

Just a thought from an old ex-dev...


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