Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

October 21, 2005

Expired bugs -- call for help with reopening the ones with patches

The unco bug expiration seems to have indiscriminately expired bugs that had patches attached (eg bug 287388), though I'm pretty sure this was brought up as an issue. While I fail to believe that this could not have been avoided, the damage is already done. So what we need to do now is to find all expired bugs with attached patches and reopen them... Then probably make sure that the patches have reasonable reviews requested for them.

Unfortunately, I'm a little swamped with this whole Gecko 1.8 thing at the moment, so I can't really go through and do it myself. Could someone do it as a favor to me? Please?

Of course the entire review situation for people who post a patch to a bug is awful. A lot of these patches never even end up with a review request, from what I can tell. We need to be a lot better about welcoming contributions; perhaps weekly scans for attached, non-obsoleted patches without review?+- flags? Followed by requesting of review as needed? If bugzilla can't do this for us, we need to fix bugzilla. I realize that the first time we do such a scan we'll hit a lot of false positives, but we should just go ahead and obsolete them. We do it once, and we don't lose track of patches thereafter.

Posted by bzbarsky at October 21, 2005 9:54 AM