[plt-dev] Re: launchpad instead of gnats?

From: Eli Barzilay (eli at barzilay.org)
Date: Thu Dec 10 18:40:14 EST 2009

On Dec 10, Sam TH wrote:
> Of course it will be some work,

IMO, "some" is bigger than you think.

> although hopefully not all done by one person.

IME, it will be almost completely done by one person, or it will not
be done at all.

> And I didn't volunteer any more than anyone else did.

That's a *major* problem with any such suggestion, and this should be
very obvious.  If you don't volunteer (or find someone who does), then
you're basically throwing a pile of work on me, and this:

| The whole point of this would be for you not to have to slave over
| such features.

no longer holds.

> Obviously pointing out pros and cons is important, but we have to
> decide on the larger issues first.  Are we happy with Gnats as bug
> tracking software?  Do we want to maintain the bug tracking system
> ourselves?  What features are necessary for bug tracking software?

I intentionally avoided any of these questions.

> Personally, I'm not happy with Gnats,

I know some of the reasons, and I agree with most of them, but that
still doesn't mean that I agree with doing a huge amount of work to
get the benefits.

> I think Robby agrees with this position as well,

To clarify this: I agree with this too -- if you're going to do that
work.  But Robby, and anyone else (except for you) are likely to give
different answers to these two questions:

  * Should we switch to Foo, provided Sam does the necessary work?

  * Should we switch to Foo, provided *you* do the necessary work?

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