Update on bug system for OpenJDK (web-discuss)

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at oracle.com
Mon May 30 17:40:01 UTC 2011

Kelly O'Hair wrote:
> :
> Part of the problem with the JDK and Java in general is the number of users out there.
> We want all the good bug reports we can get, but without some kind of governor or quality of input limiter
> I have concerns of our ability to manage this.
Right, we want (and need) the good bug reports. We also want them in a 
timely manner. Personally I wouldn't object to seeing some poor quality 
bug reports if it also meant getting good quality bug reports as soon as 
they are submitted.

I'll go out on a limb and also suggest that some percentage of usage 
bugs from inexperienced developers can be a good thing. It can help 
identify common pitfalls and could help to improve documentation and APIs.

As Kelly and others say, if we can somehow redirect the non-developer 
types to somewhere else then it would reduce the noise. Another thing is 
reducing the number of dups. I think the high percentage of duplicates 
today is because it's just not possible or easy to search via the 
bugs.sun.com interface. All told, I think the system should be open to 
developers to register and submit bugs themselves.


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