Restoring the status of automatically expired bugs

Bryce Harrington bryce at
Wed Oct 10 07:04:42 BST 2007

On Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 11:24:38PM +0100, Matthew Revell wrote:
> We still believe that our original intention -- to remove abandoned
> bugs from bug queues -- will be a useful enhancement to Launchpad.
> We're going to fix the three flaws in the expiration process and then
> email selected projects' bug contacts with a list of the bugs that we
> have identified as abandoned. With your feedback, we will refine this
> process. We will only resume the expiry process when the Launchpad
> user community is happy with the way we identify abandoned bugs.

Thanks for your work on this.  Having this list to review and work
through will be quite valuable.  I actually liked having the old bugs
automatically expire since that saves a nice chunk of time, however like
others mentioned, doing this automatically seems to be sort of a blunt
instrument approach.

I wonder if a hybrid approach would be a better all around solution -
where the machine builds the list of abandoned bugs, but relies on a
relevant developer to push the button to actually expire them.  It would
fit nicely into my workflow to simply schedule a review of these lists
once a month.

This would have the nice side effect of areas of the bug tracker that
are not being patrolled by bug triagers won't have otherwise valid bugs
disappear into the void, and would permit those developers who have no
desire to expire bugs to simply ignore the list and continue on as they
have before.


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