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Subject: Re: [boost] How about a call for bug-fix volunteers?
From: Patrick Horgan (phorgan1_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-10-27 02:10:34

On 10/26/2010 08:00 AM, Jim Bell wrote:
> Library authors shouldn't have to bear the burden of bug reports for
> their libraries alone. Even maintaining their regression tests across
> all platforms isn't realistic (and isn't being done).
> So what if we try to recruit a couple helpers for each library?
> I see two avenues where we can use some volunteer help to improve
> boost's quality.
> 1. Dandelion pickers: look at failed/yellow regression tests and try to
> fix them. Volunteers could pick a platform they have access to, and try
> to work across all libraries. You might be surprised at how easy many
> are to fix.
> 2. Ticket triage: pick a library and go through all open tickets. Change
> severity, resolve, request more information, try to map to an existing
> regression test, interact with the submitter in the comments. (I think
> Trac needs a "requesting more information" state.) Even a brief
> 'triage' on each would be helpful, and help users feel they're being
> heard. (Trac needs to track this, too.) Write new regressions from
> legitimate issues.
> Recruiting pitch: it's a great way to improve your
> skills--troubleshooting, C++, platform-specific expertise, communication.
> Not so glamorous, but important and great experience.
Might be fun.


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