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On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM, J. Liles wrote:
Sorry, and by help I mean benefit, not assist.
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When you submit a bug report, you'=
re certainly helping--but you're helping other users and yourself. You&=
#39;re not helping the developer (if they hit the bug in their use of the s=
oftware, they'd just fix it).
I'd have to disagree with you there Mr L. Non-descript bug reports are=
useless of course but well-constructed, up-to-date bug reports are surely =
of use to a developer who cares about his project but doesn't have time=
to thoroughly test it- which is the case for most FLOSS devs. Just because=
a dev hasn't spotted a flaw yet in their usage of their software doesn=
't mean its not a potential showstopper for other users of that app.
My point is =
that it doesn't help them personally. It only helps the reporter and po=
tentially any other user who uses the software in the same environment or w=
orkflow that triggers the bug. Haivng software that works everywhere and in=
any situation may be good for the developer's ego or whatever, but it =
is not required in order for him to accomplish his own work (which is presu=
mably why the software was originally written). To put it another way, any =
aspect of the software,be it features or fixes, that does not directly affe=
ct the workflow of the developer is done purely for the sake of others.
Sorry, and by help=
I mean benefit, not assist.