It is not really a hornet's nest, just a sensitive issue, as everybody in open source has a different attitude towards bugs/features. This goes from people who just don't care, to people who sleep bad because of it.
Just for the record, the best way to bring issues on the tracker to attention is:
1/ ping the ticket by posting on it.
A bug is only for a limited period visible on the front page http://www.gramps-project.org/bugs/
So if nobody had time to look at bugs while it was there, it can fall between the cracks. A note makes it visible again.
2/help with bug triage: correct descriptions, correct tags, extra information. Only a few developers are doing that (Jerome, Paul, ...), the other developers mainly depend on these few people to bring the bugs to their attention (using eg the _reminder_ link at the top of the screen). In my case, work on Gramps is limited to a few weeks here and there during the year, for an overview of the bugs, you need a little time continuously.