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Support Corner

Our target should always be to resolve more bugs than our incoming rate. Use the summary page to get stats on this.

Triage process

During triage, try to do the following:

  1. Identify and resolve duplicate issues.
  2. Resolve support requests (i.e. issues that are neither a bug in Mantis nor a new feature request) as no change required.
    Here is a sample message that can be copy/pasted to the closure response
    This is not a bug or feature request for MantisBT (you are asking for help on how to configure the system). I am therefore resolving this issue as "no change required".
    Please use the forums, the mantisbt-help mailing list or IRC to get support on customizing and using MantisBT
  3. Acknowledge issues that make sense rather leaving them as New. The basic idea is to have “new” mark issues that are yet to be triaged.
  4. Update categories as appropriate.
  5. Revise priority / severity if needed
  6. Add relationships if appropriate.
  7. If an issue is critical and should be fixed in the next release, then set the target release as appropriate. Do not send everything else for the following release. For an issue to be done, it has to be owned by a developer, important to a release, has a simple patch attached, etc.
  8. Whenever an issue is waiting on feedback from reporter make sure it is marked as feedback. Now the reporter providing feedback will bounce the issue back to new. Hence, developers should use feedback + note, rather than just adding a note when requiring reporter feedback.
  9. Add standard tags like “patch” for ones with patches, “plugins”, etc. It may be worth revising a list of such plugins to have us triage in a consistent way.
  10. It is OK resolving as “unable to reproduce” very old bugs assigned to old releases relating to core scenarios. For example, “unable to attach a file” or “unable to update an issue” on 0.19.0 release.
  11. If there are very old localization bugs, they would probably be outdated.

Help with the forums would be greatly appreciated as well.

mantisbt/support_corner.1349364400.txt.gz · Last modified: 2012/10/08 07:08 (external edit)