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Fighting massive data loss bugs

Fighting massive data loss bugs

Posted Jul 23, 2009 11:06 UTC (Thu) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
In reply to: Fighting massive data loss bugs by Cato
Parent article: Fighting small bugs

Quite agree, although I don't see a contradiction (in my own experience, the "paper cut" sort of bugs are the ones that you fix while you are taking a break from tracking down the serious ones). My own priority here would be, on the one hand bugs with serious consequences (see your example), and on the other, easily fixed bugs which have a reasonable chance of being noticed by more than one or two people. Again, my experience is that you can often quickly tell the last category when a group of users start collaborating over the bugtracker and successfully isolate the bug enough to make it trivial to fix.

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Fighting massive data loss bugs

Posted Jul 23, 2009 11:09 UTC (Thu) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183) [Link]

Slightly (but only slightly) off-topic, I feel that it is a shame that people suggesting ways non-programmers can contribute to free software don't emphasise this sort of collaboration enough. It can be done with minimal (though not non-existent) technical skills and no knowledge of programming, and I'm pretty sure that seeing bugs fixed as a result of this sort of work is the sort of rewarding experience that makes people want to use free software.

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