[Geany-devel] Ideas for reducing duplicate bug reports

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Wed Feb 1 18:27:56 UTC 2012


The subject pretty much explains it.

I have a couple theories why there's so many duplicates:
   - SourceForge.net is kind of hard to use, especially searching
   - No login required makes it "too easy" for people to quickly post 
bug reports without thinking too much as soon as they experience a bug

Anyway, I just wanted to see if anybody had any ideas for how we could 
minimize duplicate bug reports since it's a quite a pain to keep up with 
the all the report as it is, especially with things like GTK+ bugs where 
a distro upgrades their GTK+ and we get a pile of duplicate bugs about 
the same non-Geany bugs.

Two recent examples come to mind:
   - GTK+ file chooser dialog bug causes Geany to crash
   - DBus menu bug causes console spam and non-functioning menus

Both of these had more than 3 or 4 duplicate bugs reported already, even 
when some of the other duplicate reports were already on the first 
screen you see before you post a bug. Both have been fixed in Git, but 
bug reporters won't know this unless they first check for duplicates and 
see that we've fixed it.

Ideas would be appreciated.

Matthew Brush

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