[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Bug squashing days

Kathy Lussier klussier at masslnc.org
Fri Aug 1 11:08:11 EDT 2014

Hi all,

Unfortunately, it looks like I mistakenly added July dates to the poll 
instead of some of the August dates we were polling. I usually can edit 
a Doodle poll to fix these mistakes, but Doodle just isn't cooperating 
with me on this poll.

Therefore, I had to create a new poll for bug squashing day. The poll is 
available at http://doodle.com/2dx9h3cccwbp84v4. Anyone who filled out 
the first poll will need to enter their dates again on the new poll.



Kathy Lussier
Project Coordinator
Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
(508) 343-0128
klussier at masslnc.org
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kmlussier

On 7/29/2014 1:45 PM, Kathy Lussier wrote:
> Hi all,
> Based on the discussion at yesterday's developers meeting, I'm putting 
> out a poll to find out when people would be available for the Bug 
> Squashing Day. To give us plenty of time to get ready, I'm targeting 
> the final two weeks of August, but I have excluded days when we have 
> previously-scheduled Evergreen meetings (EOB and web team.) The poll 
> is available at http://doodle.com/6ush6hyx9pa39pv3.
> Once again, this day is not just for developers. We're looking at 
> setting up sandboxes to make it easier for people to make it easier to 
> test bug fixes. If you think you might be interested in testing 
> patches or in helping to confirm bugs, please take time to fill out 
> the Doodle poll.
> Thanks all! I think it will be a great day and, hopefully, a 
> productive one as well!
> Kathy
> Kathy Lussier
> Project Coordinator
> Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
> (508) 343-0128
> klussier at masslnc.org
> Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kmlussier
> On 7/25/2014 7:27 PM, Kathy Lussier wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Last fall, I put out an e-mail message suggesting community bug 
>> squashing days- http://markmail.org/message/22six3nkgbhr3f3t. It 
>> received some support at the time, but I didn't do any follow-through 
>> to make it happen.
>> Last week, I took some time to update a local spreadsheet I'm 
>> maintaining on Launchpad bugs that are important to libraries in the 
>> three MassLNC networks. I was pleased to remove some bugs that have 
>> since been fixed, but then I added a whole lot more. We started with 
>> about 50 bugs on the list, and the number is now at 83. These numbers 
>> reminded me of how it important it is that we try to allocate some 
>> time on a community level to fix bugs.
>> I have a more formal proposal I would like to put forward and, if 
>> it's agreeable to others, I commit to doing my part to try to make 
>> these days happen.
>> Proposal: Evergreen Bug Squashing Days
>> Goal: The goal of bug squashing days is for contributors and 
>> volunteers to commit the entire day to the following activities:
>> * Fixing bugs
>> * Testing bugs that have pullrequests
>> * General bug wrangling activities (confirming bugs, marking 
>> duplicates, etc.)
>> * Pushing bug fixes into Evergreen (for core committers)
>> When:
>> I'm proposing that we try to schedule bug squashing days on a 
>> quarterly basis. I was thinking August/November/February/May would be 
>> a good schedule where the bug squashing days aren't running up 
>> against an Evergreen release.
>> What is Needed:
>> * Somebody to work on scheduling the day and set up a wiki page (I 
>> volunteer, but am happy to hand off the task or work with somebody 
>> else if needed.)
>> * Volunteers willing to devote a day of their time to the above 
>> activities. These volunteers do not need to just be developers or sys 
>> admins. Anyone can confirm bugs, look for duplicates, or perhaps team 
>> up with a sys admin to test patches.
>> Extras:
>> The idea for these bug squashing days came from similar days 
>> organized by the Koha community. 
>> http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Category:Global_bug_squashing_days. 
>> They do a couple of things that I would love to see for Evergreen bug 
>> squashing days.
>> * The Koha community uses this great scoreboard on bug squashing days 
>> - http://scoreboard.koha-community.org/.  The code for the scoreboard 
>> is available at https://gitorious.org/scoreboard/scoreboard. It would 
>> be great if we had a volunteer who was willing to create a similar 
>> scoreboard for Evergreen bug squashing days.
>> * The Koha community also has Sandboxes available that makes it 
>> easier for librarians to test patches. It may be a little difficult 
>> to pull together something  for Evergreen that's as automated as 
>> these Sandboxes, but I think it's worthwhile to set a goal to 
>> eventually have some Sandbox servers available to the Evergreen 
>> community where patches can be tested (not just on Bug Squashing days).
>> I've also added this proposal to the agenda for Monday's developers 
>> meeting. If there is general support for this idea, then I'll put out 
>> a Doodle poll next week to see if we can schedule a day.
>> Thanks all!
>> Kathy

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