Bug Triage Privileges
grasshopper at linuxkungfu.org
Mon Sep 11 04:30:20 BST 2006
When I say "triage" I refer to setting the importance of a bug, which I was
sure until recently was the same thing.
I understand the reasoning behind restricting the privilege. I'm not sure I
understand why it's been restricted to such a small group. It's probably
quite safe, for example, to give triaging privileges to all ubuntu members,
and probably to all bugsquad members, though the selection process there is
less formal. Triaging bugs is, according to piles of wiki pages, a very
useful way for a non-developer to contribute, but all or nearly all of those
who are *able* to triage are developers. Still more wiki pages and docs
explain how to triage correctly, but none (that I could find) indicate how to
get those privileges. When I found out that it was restricted to -qa
(and -dev and -core-dev), I inquired about getting membership in -qa and was
told that it was a very elite group. My opinion is that triaging bugs is not
something that needs to be restricted to an elite group, most of whom have
much more useful skills to apply to much more directly useful activities than
triaging. Was this policy not fully thought out, or has it not yet been
fully implemented? Or do I have a completely distorted view of the degree of
reverence and solemnity appropriate for triaging bugs?
ps. It occurred to me to post this to a launchpad list, but I assume the
policy was set by ubuntu developers, not launchpad developers.
More information about the ubuntu-devel