Papercuts remixed (was Re: What's the status of papercuts?)
vseerror at Lehigh.EDU
Thu Jul 12 16:23:38 UTC 2012
Quoting Tanstaafl <tanstaafl at libertytrek.org>:
> On 2012-07-11 6:41 PM, Axel <axel.grude at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>> My term "vouching" was meant to represent the process of selecting
>>> which bugs you think need fixing, and adding your "voucher" to some
>>> number of those. I meant it as a plural term for the noun "vote".
>> exactly, shouldn't the bug votes somehow be accounted for when
>> prioritizing them? guess we will need some sort of committee to decide
>> which bugs are really important.
> If Thunderbird is going to become more community driven/oriented,
> then indeed votes should count more... they shouldn't be the only
> factor, but they should definitely matter. The problem is the flip
> side - since the development is community driven/volunteer, there is
> no way (nor should there be) to force any developer to work on any
> given bug...
> This is another reason why I am in favor of some kind of bounty
> system. It is a way for 'voters' to put their money where their
> mouth is - and, it is a simple and meaningful way for the
> devs/maintainers to deflect criticism of bugs not getting fixed -
> ie, "you want it fixed? put up or shut up! <link to bounty system>".
> Also, if such a system is put in place, there needs to be a way to
> identify pledgers, so if they don't follow through on their pledges,
> this fact should be publicized prominently (to hopefully shame them
> into making good on it), as well as to be able to show public
> appreciation once they do.
The history of bounties is spotty at best . Bounties tend to be
offered either in the heat of the moment or as a tentative offer. And
integrating bounties into some rating methodology would I think make
things just more complex. OTOH, I wouldn't discourage someome from
offering or making a bounty system more visible. Put [bounty] in
whiteboard after you register your bounty somewhere.
FWIW, as best I can find the official mozilla position is stated in
 Thunderbird bounty history of past 5 years:
* open bugs
** two very old bounties, probably expired:
** one current bug at roughly $350:
* fixed bugs - no bounties found
This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.
More information about the tb-planning