[racket-dev] Migrating the bug database to GitHub

From: Eli Barzilay (eli at barzilay.org)
Date: Sat Mar 17 10:55:18 EDT 2012

The real issue is whether it's really alright with you...  Currently,
something that I do and I'm sure others do it to, is keep the bug in my
mailbox with any followup discussions.  In some cases the followups contain
enough information so I'll keep only that and not the original.  With the
github thing, if you get to deal with a bug several days after it was
posted, it will be a good idea to check the bug since there could have been
clarifications that you're unaware of.

And since attachments were mentioned: a possible situation is that someone
posts a bug, the bug czar asks for some clarification, and the email reply
has a screenshot which GH ignores.  In that case you will need to get that
attachment directly from one of the people.  The outcome of this is that
it's better to leave stepper bugs for you to deal with instead, and the
"bug czar" role is minimized to just assigning bugs or maybe not even that
and it gets eliminated.

To clarify: I'm not arguing against a move because of this -- I think that
it is a good thing overall, including not needed a czar.  I just want the
implications to be clear ahead of time.

On Friday, March 16, 2012, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt <samth at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM, John Clements
> <clements at brinckerhoff.org> wrote:
>> On Mar 16, 2012, at 3:56 PM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt wrote:
>>  * The bug notification-turned-mailing-list interaction aspect of Gnats
>>    is mostly lost.  GitHub sends out notifications when a bug is
>>    created, but it will *not* send out further comments unless you're
>>    participating in the discussion (i.e., you sent a comment on the
>>    issue).
>>    - This makes for the most major workflow change: instead of relying
>>      on your mailbox for all bug-related activity, you *will* need to
>>      use the GitHub (web) interface.
>> Can you elaborate on this? I see that I won't automatically receive all
>> e-mails on all bugs, but if that's all right with me, then when will I
>> to use the web-interface that I don't currently?
> Basically never.  All of the things you can currently do without using
> the web interface (close bugs, reply to emails about bugs) will still
> be available.  The only change is that you'll no longer be included in
> the discussions for bugs that aren't assigned to you and that you
> haven't said anything about.
> --
> sam th
> samth at ccs.neu.edu
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