Not a 'keeping track' issue. We have this strange belief that if only the bug was written down somewhere it has a better chance of being fixed. The only thing writing it down does is, um, writing it down. KDE has a huge bug database filled with a huge number of bugs. Some valid, many duplicates, many wishes, a large number too old and possibly fixed but who knows. The best way to ruin anyone's desire to help and contribute to free software (imho) is to assign them to bug triage. My joints hurt thinking about it. There are rare people with the mix of personality traits that love bug triage and are very good at it. A bronze bust must be made of each one. No sane person would do it for nothing :) There are probably fewer people with these gifts than there are software developers. So we have a situation where it is easier to harness the manpower to write a bug database than it is to maintain the content within. Someone told me of an executive that would clear his desk on friday evening into the garbage can. His theory was that if something was very important it would show up again the next week. I think bugs fall into that category. And we wouldn't have to maintain the fiction of people caring about reported bugs. Providing a way of communicating with the developer at a data rate that they can handle would seem more productive. Derek
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