Introducing time wasters

Sean Mullan sean.mullan at
Thu Sep 20 12:09:39 UTC 2018

I read it as a joke. I did double-check the calendar and it's not April 
1 yet.


On 9/20/18 12:39 AM, Philip Race wrote:
> Who is 'we' ?
> Where was this discussed, proposed, and adopted ?
> -phil.
> On 9/19/18, 5:04 PM, jesper.wilhelmsson at wrote:
>> Hi,
>> As an experiment we are introducing a new label in JBS, timewaster. 
>> The label is used to tag bugs that for some reason is wasting 
>> engineering time. This could for instance be a bug that occurs 
>> frequently in our testing and causes many engineers to investigate the 
>> failure in different test runs just to realize it's the same issue as 
>> have been seen before, or worse, don't realize it is a known issue and 
>> files a duplicate bug in JBS. Bugs that cause tests to fail without a 
>> proper explanation may also be considered time wasters since several 
>> engineers risk to investigate the failures just to realize there is no 
>> information to be found. There are other cases as well and there is 
>> some flexibility in the definition. If you see an issue that have been 
>> wasting your time, feel free to add an explanation to why you think 
>> it's a time waster and add the label.
>> The fact that a bug is wasting engineering time should be taken into 
>> account when a bug is triaged. A time waster has higher urgency than 
>> other bugs. This is not really reflected in the priority of a bug so 
>> the priority is not necessarily changed due to the higher urgency. 
>> When triaging a time waster, or when adding the label after a bug 
>> already has been triaged, it's recommended to notify the developers 
>> that work on the affected component, e.g. by sending an email to the 
>> proper mailing list and make sure the bug is assigned to someone.
>> If you have a time waster assigned to you, please consider fixing it 
>> asap. If you chose to not work on the issue, you should at least be 
>> aware that you are choosing to waste more engineering time and others 
>> will be affected by this choice.
>> To see currently open time wasters use the JBS filter Time wasters: 
>> Thanks,
>> /Jesper

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