Important bugs list

Wayne Mery (d531) vseerror at Lehigh.EDU
Thu Oct 25 18:49:52 UTC 2012

My suggestion for accomplishing what Kent is asking for, is for someone 
to take responsibility for nominated and "accepted" bugs by setting  the 
whiteboard in bugzilla. (I thought that had already been done, but my 
spot check indicates not)  And also continue to maintain the whiteboard 
of new "papercut" bugs as they appear.

It is then trivial to merge the two lists in a single query, such as  :)

With the added benefit that it is also clear to everyone working in 
bugzilla just which bugs are papercut.

An additional reason for this approach, is from a maintainability 
standpoint we need to keep the "most wanted" list of bug numbers 
separate from papercut.

On 9/21/2012 7:07 PM, Kent James wrote:
> If you can just merge the 10 bugs from the papercuts list into this one,
> then I think we can have a new official list.
> :rkent
> On 9/21/2012 3:23 PM, Wayne Mery (d531) wrote:
>> The QA breakout at mozcamp [1] discussed making a list of high value,
>> i.e. "most important" bugs list for developer attention and action.
>> This is to be a small, selective set of bugs, culled from a larger set
>> of bugs, to serve as a managable "grab bag" for developers.  The idea
>> is, as bugs on the list are fixed they are removed from the list, and
>> other bugs added to the list. ("important bugs" is not an official
>> name - so let's not haggle yet over names)
>> This is not a list to make everyone happy; not every user will see one
>> of their issues here. The goal is to tackle a focused list, and add to
>> and subtract from it as progress is made.
>> Per the meeting, there are 4 dimensions to categorizing bugs for this
>> list:
>> 1. How many people are likely to be affected
>> 2. How serious is the effect when it occurs (workaround? consequences)
>>    [severity as defined by bugzilla]
>> 3. How much effort to fix this bug?
>> 4. How reproducible it is
>> To summarize what I think is the current situation
>> #1 is going to be a judgment call by QA, in come cases informed by
>> feedback from support forum - feedback which we currently don't have
>> except the unweighted [gs] whiteboard item
>> #2 we know from bugzilla - unless the severity setting is incorrect.
>> When you touch a bug you should check the severity and change it if
>> you feel it isn't accurate. Ref:
>> #3 can be judged by developers, and for some bugs probably by trigers.
>> To what extent it affects whether a bug gets on the list remains to be
>> seen.
>> #4 well, presumably every confirmed bug is reproducible to some
>> extent. But we know this is not true. If we continue to feel this is
>> an important factor to a bug being on the list, know that it will
>> require *signficant* manpower to accomplish as it will require
>> reasessing a high percentage of our bugs.
>> It will be weeks I think until we are in a position to create a list
>> based on the above 4 elements and a process to go with it. And even
>> then it will likely be iterative - starting with an imperfect process
>> that doesn't cover all the criteria and working toward a better
>> process, that may or may not cover all of the criteria.
>> So I have created an interim ~top 30 list:
>> Most of these bugs are deserving of attention for multiple reasons. I
>> used criteria #1 and #2. For #3 I have merely eyeballed and made a
>> best judgement that the bug (or it's blockers in the case of a meta)
>> probably doesn't require more than a weeks time or major architecutral
>> changes. I have not attempted to assess "reproducibility" in this
>> cut.  I created this list a week ago when I was still sick, so I don't
>> claim it is unbiased or proper in any particular way - it is my
>> interpretation of a top 30.  But I will welcome private email as to
>> the suitability of any bug to be on the list - and summarize later for
>> the group so it can be used to improve whatever future process we put
>> in place.
>> For my own sanity I excluded large numbers of bugs, like address book
>> and filters because the former will hopefully be revamped in the next
>> year/in our lifetime, and the later because it has already been
>> heavily triaged in recent months due to the efforts of aceman and
>> others. I excluded international, build, security either because I
>> have no experience in those areas or because the area is highly
>> specialized and likely not of interest to the average developer. I
>> excluded severity=minor and severity=normal.
>> Many are dataloss or datalossy. Some are assigned and/or well in
>> progress. Many are not.
>> - I heavily favored bugs that have recent activity (on a sliding
>> scale), let's say the last 120 days.
>> - I have not yet examined most hang and performance bugs - but I am
>> pretty sure we have no hang bugs that are pervasive amongst users
>> - I did not use prior bug lists (for example paper-cuts or various
>> wanted flags) to either include or exclude any bugs.
>> Use in good health.
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