[Python-Dev] topics I plan to discuss at the language summit

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Tue Jan 12 19:31:23 CET 2010

On Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:47:50 -0800, Brett Cannon wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 17:57, Brian Curtin <brian.curtin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 14:25, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:
> >>  * any changes needed to the issue tracker to help with the workflow?
> >> (stage field seems like a failed experiment and we now have several
> >> effective triage people who can help w/ guiding changes)
> >>
> > I think it would be interesting to see how people are using the tracker, or
> > how they want to be using it. For example, there are currently over 1500
> > open issues with no stage set, some of which seemingly haven't been read by
> > anyone at all. Would a properly set stage field save issues from falling
> > into a black hole?
> >
> "Using" is the key word there. I know this thread went on about how bugs
> tend to end up being left open, but what I was proposing to talk about was
> whether there is any shift desired by the seasoned tracker users to help in
> their work. For instance, the Stage field was meant to help, but I don't
> think it is really getting used much, which makes it at best just a UI junk
> and at worst something to confuse new users. So I just wanted to discuss
> things as a group to see if we could streamline some things, add others,
> etc.

Well, I for one find the stage field useful.  It reminds me at a glance
where the issue is at in the workflow (and 'not set' is a valid place
in the workflow that an issue sometimes stays in for a while for reason
other than not having been triaged yet).  I suspect that if we discussed
it as a group (we who make the most changes on the tracker) we could
improve it, and the interface in general.

By the way, you could talk to people who aren't going to be at the
summit on #python-dev; I think all the currently tracker-active people
hang out there on a regular basis.

I'll have to give some thought to what changes/improvements might be
most useful, now that I've been doing this for a while.

R. David Murray                                      www.bitdance.com
Business Process Automation - Network/Server Management - Routers/Firewalls

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