Review request: Nice-to-have bug process documentation proposal

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Thu Sep 23 11:58:33 UTC 2010

Hi, everyone. So we partly used the proposed new nice-to-have bug
tracking system during the F14 Beta process, and it seemed to go well.
In a quick burst of airport productivity, I've quickly written up a
bunch of proposed new wiki pages and modifications to existing ones to
document the nice-to-have process (and, incidentally, extend
documentation of the blocker process, since we don't seem to have much
of it beyond the blocker meeting SOP right now). All the pages can be
found here:

it should be pretty obvious which are new and which are modifications of
existing pages. I hope this is mostly straightforward and

A quick five-minute summary is that we will now have (in fact, we
already do) trackers for nice-to-have bugs for Alpha, Beta and Final
releases as well as trackers for blocker bugs. Bugs on these NTH lists
will be given priority after blocker bugs for QA, devel and releng work
for releases. Fixes for these bugs - and *only* these bugs, if a fix is
to be taken through a freeze, there must be a matching accepted NTH bug
- will be taken through release freezes. Proposing, reviewing and
monitoring NTH bugs will work exactly as it does for blocker bugs, and
mostly happen in the blocker meetings, but of course after consideration
of the blocker lists.

In practice this is a formalization of existing procedure - until F14
Beta, QA and releng did much the same process but entirely informally,
we just kept lists of bugs we'd take fixes for either in our heads or in
the RC creation trac tickets. This process is meant to be more robust,
documented and discoverable.

Some releng SOP pages may require minor updates, I figured I'd leave
that to releng. The process for creating blocker trackers should also be
updated to cover creating NTH trackers (I couldn't find that; poelcat,
where is it?)

Comments, questions, suggestions welcome!
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org

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