Sorry for the delay in writing up the results, but I’ve been on a plane and without my luggage for the last 36 hours (albeit in beautiful Verona) Now to the results…
- 5 participating projects (ECF, WTP, Mylyn, PDE, Platform Ant)
- ~10 contributors
- ~125 bugs tagged as bugday bugs
- ~22 bugs fixed
- 10 of these bugs made it in Eclipse 3.4 M1
For the first time around, I’m very pleased with the results. To be honest, I just expected me participating in bugday and maybe fixing a WTP bug in good spirit (all while Wassim makes fun of me for the idea of a bugday). However, the community turned out and fixed issues for the purpose of just helping out or fixed issues that have long bothered them in Eclipse. I think the willingness to help just reflects on the great community we have in Eclipse and also shows that the open-source model of development can be very beneficial if done right.
There were some lessons I also learned:
- It’s nice to have a specific time for people to log onto IRC and chat with committers (this is tricky due to timezone differences though).
- Make sure that the bugs aren’t too hard that are marked as bugday. This was the big reason why the helpwanted keyword was so useless for new contributors.
- Attaching relevant Mylyn contexts to bugs was helpful to some
- Some people didn’t like the concept of BugDay and made it a BugWeek (thanks Peter)
- Having specific bugs marked as bugday causes people to contribute time even outside of the official bugday!