Why should I ever bother filing another bug?

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 9 19:33:54 UTC 2010

On 2010/11/09 08:45 (GMT-0800) Adam Williamson composed:

> There isn't a prize system for bug reports.

Actually there is. When someone files a good bug, as opposed to one that 
requires more than trivial attention due to significant missing or invalid 
information, achieving fixed status is an informal statement that the filer's 
effort was valuable. It getting duped to a newer bug that isn't materially 
different in quality is an informal statement that the filer's effort was not 
appreciated, thus the subject.

> So, once more for the cheap seats: *why* do you think closing an older
> bug as a dupe of a newer one is a respect issue? What's the big problem
> with it?

When I get a list of all bugs I filed, there's nothing AFAICT that can tell 
me whether a dupe to a newer is really a fixed - there's no way to get into a 
buglist the status of a bug duped to. Thus the report misleads about the 
quality of effort put forth, a significant part of which is ensuring against 
filing a duplicate by competent searching prior to filing.

When anyone is attempting to assess the overall efficiency of Bugzilla, one 
aspect is the open time. Duping to newer misleads about this too. It 
shouldn't happen unless the newer is clearly better. 50+ CCs, some of which 
are from dupes of newer bugs, and little metoo or other noise, should be a 
pretty good condition that a bug is good enough that justification for duping 
to a newer should be overwhelming to be allowed.

Plus https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=108983 & 
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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