[rfc] bug handling priorities

Martin Pool mbp at canonical.com
Thu May 28 17:00:32 BST 2009

2009/5/28 Matthew D. Fuller <fullermd at over-yonder.net>:

> I mean, it's not that we don't have major problems that need worked on
> too, but minor things sitting around eternally isn't friendly.  And
> minor (and more major, even) things getting partway done and petering
> off without landing in favor of the major things isn't the best
> either.

Yeah, that's basically what I'm saying: don't stop halfway through.
Think twice before starting on something about whether there's already
something else that should get finished off first, or whether this is
really the one thing you most want to do next.

The problem with fixing small bugs with "oh this will only take 10
minutes" is that while it sometimes works, it sometimes takes
considerably more, and then you end up with lots of work in progress.
If there are bugs that really do only take 10 minutes, or can be
expected to, we'll be better placed to tackle them when other queues
are emptier, and it will be less of a problem if they actually take 10

Maybe you can help by triaging or answering some bugs, or answering
the open questions?  Many of them are things you'd know the answer to.

Martin <http://launchpad.net/~mbp/>

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