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Ubuntu Bug Control Membership

July 7, 2011

I attended a company rally in Dublin last week so didn’t get around to blogging, but having received some good news just yesterday I though I’d make a posting about it.

After the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest one of the objectives I set for myself this year was to become more active in the Ubuntu community. Being a QA person, one of the most obvious routes was through the well structured bug handling initiatives that the community has in place (thus my posting about the Bug Squad and bug days). To this end I’ve devoted what spare time I have to these initiatives. Apart from Bug Days I also take part in the 5-a-day program which encourages participants to update five bugs a day (by commenting, changing status or updating titles – anything that could be construed as a valuable change to a bug). This is going pretty well and I’m on a 3-week streak of fulfilling my 5-a-day quota (according to the 5-a-day report).

As a result of all this activity I’d gathered enough experience (and evidence of that experience) to file an application for the ubuntu-bug-control team in Launchpad, who have permission to change bug Importance and set the status to ‘Triaged’. This involved testifying to having read some documentation and then providing some example bugs to demonstrate that I understood the bug triage process. It took a week and a half to get enough positive responses (two) to have my application accepted, but as of yesterday I am officially a member of ubuntu-bug-control!

I’ll do my best to use these powers effectively and diligently and hopefully make a big difference to the effectiveness of bug triage in Ubuntu.

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