Closing old idle bugs?

Jeroen van Meeuwen (Kolab Systems) vanmeeuwen at
Mon Aug 2 21:41:49 EDT 2010

Bron Gondwana wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 02, 2010 at 05:10:26PM +0200, Jeroen van Meeuwen (Kolab Systems) 
> > Hi there,
> > 
> > would it be acceptable if old, idle bugs in bugzilla were closed after due 
> > consideration?
> That would be a great idea!


> > For example, I encounter bug #2590[1] with status NEW; I would like to 
> > it to clean up the bug database, possibly only after requesting some 
> > (like I did with this one).
> > 
> > [1]
> Maybe we should do a bug cleaning week?  I'm on leave at the moment.  I 
> we should probably go through all the bugs as a group and decide on their
> status and applicability.  I suspect quite a few of them are no longer valid
> or already solved - just not updated.

It seems that I do not have any permissions to change a bug's status; I have a 
new account.

> Perhaps if we posted one email per bug to the mailing list and asked for a
> discussion on its merits.  Maybe not all at once so they don't get lost in 
> haze, but we could group them up.

One bug a day through the list would be very inefficient, and I'm sure there's 
bugs that actually do deserve love & attention. There's a number of bugs that 
have been resolved already, just haven't been closed. Let's remember that if a 
bug is closed while not satisfactory to the reporter, the bugs can simply be 

Most of them look like they just need some follow-up and can be closed in 
2/4/6 weeks if no response has been given to any inquiries for more 
information (like #2590, the time window is a project choice of course).

Jeroen van Meeuwen
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