[Python-Dev] devguide: Add an intermediate task of helping triage issues (not to be confused with the

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Mon Jan 10 00:18:12 CET 2011

On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 00:26, Georg Brandl <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
> Am 08.01.2011 23:22, schrieb Antoine Pitrou:
>> On Sat, 08 Jan 2011 23:05:06 +0100
>> brett.cannon <python-checkins at python.org> wrote:
>>> +For bugs, an issue needs to:
>>> +
>>> +* Clearly explain the bug so it can be reproduced
>>> +* All relevant platform details are included
>>> +* What version(s) of Python are affected by the bug are fully known
>>> +* Is there a proper unit test that can reproduce the bug?
>>> +
>>> +These are things anyone can help with.
>> FWIW, I'm really not fond of handing out triage tasks to beginners.
>> First because the claim that it doesn't require any specific knowledge
>> is wrong (in the case of Python, because it is a highly technical
>> product; it might be right for office suites, who knows).
>> Second because a newbie triager gets to interact with other newbies who
>> might be very confused if they are given misleading comments or asked
>> misleading (or completely irrelevant) questions.
> +1.  Remember, this is not a purely hypothetical statement.

OK, so the sentence is poorly phrased, but in the list of tasks it is
labeled explicitly as intermediate when one is comfortable with the
process, not a newbie. Does that alleviate the worry you both have?


>> Things may be different when the person in question has been a long-time
>> community member, or has specific expertise, and is therefore able to
>> communicate meaningful advice. But for true beginners, I think it would
>> be much better to let them write a patch or a doc fix.
> Yep.
> Georg
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