I'm sitting at EuroPython right now, and a small discussion came up, trying to find out why nobody seems motivated to fix bugs came up.

Martijn Fassen noted that the tools we use should be better (I agree on that, especially making it easy to find which bugs need to be urgently fixed for the next release). Obviously that isn't a pure problem on it's own.

As I was credited all the time for fixing many bugs for the next release, I'd like to jump in and explain what I think makes me not fix more bugs:

I feel like fixing a bug every now and then when I have like 30 minutes spare time and want to do something useful. In my general experience of customer projects 30 minutes usually are enough to squash 1 or 2 (reasonably sized) bugs.

I think we should encourage this pattern. I have a couple of feelings how we could do that, but can't sort those out completely right now. One thing that I'd very much like to see is that people who have an idea or a hint for fixing a bug attach that

Another thing are the rules about unit tests. Some bugs touch areas that are poorly tested. When I fix a bug over there, do I have to work harder to introduce the fix because I have to start introducing tests? We should find and announce a reasonable answer for the procedure in this case.


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