David Fetter wrote:

On Fri, Aug 04, 2006 at 02:37:56PM -0700, Neil Conway wrote:
On Fri, 2006-08-04 at 12:40 -0700, David Fetter wrote:
While I am not going to reopen the can of worms labeled 'bug
tracker', I think it would be good to have a little more formality
as far as claiming items goes.
What say?
I think this is a good plan for adding additional process overhead,
and getting essentially nothing of value in return. I'm not
convinced there's a problem in need of solving here...

Perhaps you'd like to explain how big a burden on the developer it is
to send an once a week, that being what I'm proposing here.

As far as the "problem in need of solving," it's what Andrew Dunstan
referred to as "splendid isolation," which is another way of saying,
"letting the thing you've taken on gather dust while people think
you're working on it."

Well I guess the key thing is that its transparent who is working on what feature and that someone (some projects have a new release manager for every release) keeps tabs on these people (maybe once every few weeks he asks how things are progressing, if the target can still be made etc). Maybe this can even be enumerated into a percentage value that can be published so that people who feel a given feature is very important to them can see if things are lagging behind.

Actually the person keeping track of these feature developments does not need to be a pgsql hacker. As a matter of fact I have been trying to do something similar for the PHP project and I am more than willing to do the same for PostgreSQL. I do not however think it makes sense to ask developers to send in reports in a regular basis on their own.


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