A bug tracker is a tool for developers to keep track of known behaviour,That's fine, but the released version is also code and also has bugs just as much as the HEAD. If bugs in the current stable version do not belong in the developers' bug tracker, there needs to be a separate tracker for them.
Really all I'm saying is that as well as the 'closed' status in the bug tracker there needs to be one for 'fixed in HEAD but not fixed in production releases'. Then developers who are not inclined to go round patching older versions can filter out that status; users and others who want to collaborate on fixing the current stable version can work on these bugs.
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