Bug Voting

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Tue Apr 25 18:15:19 BST 2006

On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:53:28AM +0100, Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-04-25 at 00:25 -0500, Jonathon Anderson wrote:
> > Would it be possible to implement a system of mod points where launchpad
> > users can "bump" bugs to higher priority with votes? I know this already
> > happens to some degree with dupes and comments, but if there was some
> > way to track how many users complained about a certain bug, it would be
> > easier to figure out which bugs affect the most people and thus which
> > should be fixed first (all else being equal).
> Bug voting sounds nice and fair but I simply don't believe it works
> unless it's intent is as a placebo to placate users (which is a fairly
> good point for implementing it in the first place I suppose...).
> People think that if they can only get the bug voted on repeatedly
> something will HAVE to be done about which may not necessarily be the
> case. Just wait until a bug that's been hanging round for years has +100
> votes...

A partial means to address this is via bug subscription.  Rather than
silently "voting" for a bug, subscription registers interest in what is
happening with the bug, and (hopefully) a willingness to participate in the
conversation to help resolve it.

While we don't have a means to rank bugs by number of subscribers yet, I
regularly consider this information when examining bugs individually.

 - mdz

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