Low bug triage activity all around

Omer Akram om26er at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 3 12:13:33 UTC 2013

On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 6:32 AM, Matt Fischer
<matthew.fischer at canonical.com>wrote:

> On 01/02/2013 04:47 AM, Maarten Bezemer wrote:
>> On Tuesday 01 January 2013 22:21:41 Omer Akram wrote:
>>> So I think we need to think of some ways to improve the situation and get
>>> more people involved into this effort. Does anyone have
>>> suggestions/comments about this matter.
>> Personally, I would love to help out where possible. But, it is quite
>> overwhelming. I think it would help greatly to reinstate mentors again,
>> maybe
>> in another way, so people are willing to become mentor again?
>> Or if mentors are (still) not viable (anymore), it might help to create
>> some
>> kind of (extensive) tutorial, which guides new users through to
>> overwhelming
>> triaging, different project types,  testing patches, fixing bugs, etc.
>> Personally, my problem is that I do not know where to start, eventhough I
>> am
>> trying to help out for a long time already... How to find suitable bugs
>> for an
>> inexperienced triager like myself. It basically is all 'too much'.
>> Regards,
>>    Maarten
> I don't know the history of why/when the mentors program was stopped, but
> I can say that without my MOTU mentor I'd never make as much progress as I
> have on doing packaging updates and assorted fixes. I'd be happy to
> volunteer to mentor someone for triaging.

I am not sure about that either, i do remember a few people getting mentors
and later doing great work.

> As for where to start, my advice to a new person is actually to pick a
> package and focus on the bugs there. I did this when I started on
> gnome-nettool, one that had a manageable number of bugs and then I triaged
> it and cleaned up the list of open bugs substantially (did some patches
> too). This may not work for everyone, but it worked well for me. It also
> helps if the package you pick is in a programming language/toolkit you know
> if you plan on doing fixes.

Previously we used to have 'adopt a package' where someone or multiple
people would adopt a certain package for triage and will take
responsibility of moving bugs uptream and getting important bugs cherry
picked to Ubuntu by indicating people in the desktop team or in some cases
doing that themselves.

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