Hi John, all,
Thanks for the almost overwhelmingly warm welcome on irc today :-) Let
me spend a few words on how I hope to help, then on my background.
As Roland responded, I sometimes was a little discouraged by 2500+ open
issues while trying to find information about bugs that might have been
reported or resolved. And also came across issues that I felt: these can
be closed, or should be marked as asking for more feedback.
So why not lend a hand?
Given no explicit policy that I know of right now, I'd like to start on
the gentle side:
- I'll try to fix up issues I come across that need an obvious change
(which is what prompted me to step up)
- issues on status feedback with no reaction will be closed after
"reasonable time": trying to ask for feedback quickly also allows to
close them if no further information is provided quickly (comparison:
issues on drupal.org are closed after 2 weeks of inactivity)
- issues for versions before 1.1.0 should be the first ones to check if
they're fixed already or can be closed (would 1300 issues)
- want to help straight away? add the tag "close_me" if you think an
issue can be closed. I'll try to review those quickly, and either close
them or check with the developers if I'm not quite sure myself.
- I agree with Roland a lot might be closed, but I wouldn't like to do
it automatically right now: there may be good ideas in there. But... I
certainly am not going to spend 400 hours on checking issues either :-)
(want to help on that, Roland?)
Mostly: open for your feedback!
I've been using Mantis since early 2006 as a core component of our work
flow management for both php development and project management, and am
following the developer list (via gmane.org) since about then.
Done a bit of work on coding, trying to deploy Mantis as a more general
"work flow management tool" for a funding organisation (a funding
request would be much like a bug, but Mantis wasn't generalised enough
to succeed in 2007), and moved from PHP coding to issue triage, concept
development and project+service level management mostly now.
Skills: done several Mantis upgrades on our server by now, comfortable
with PHP and CVS, starting to find my way around git, happy with
Eclipse+Mylyn+Tasktop, running Ubuntu, and more of a facilitator than a
coder. Mostly help grassroots organisations choose and use appropriate
internet technologies for their campaigns and projects.
On 26/01/10 17:55, John Reese wrote:
> Hi all,
> Rolf (rolfkleef) has volunteered to help out with a "triage" type of role on the
> MantisBT tracker, looking over issues, asking for feedback where necessary, and
> generally attempting to tidy it up for us. This will be a huge help for us, as
> it seems we never get enough time to keep on top of the tracker.
> So without further ado, welcome to the team Rolf, and many thanks for your offer
> of assistance. :)