Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It's not a bug, it's a feature

I often wonder about the perspective of the different parties in a given bug report.

In open source and free software
How bug testers think they write emails:
"I noticed something was wrong!  I'm helping."

How developers probably read these emails:
"You suck at software and should give up and become a florist.  You twit."

What the bug report actually says:
"It doesn't work ... it worked before and now it doesn't (doesn't say what "it" is)."

At a company where I was a bug tester

"Your program is shit and you should admit it and give me a medal."

What I imagine they thought:
"Oh look, my Reddit post is doing well!"

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