From:  Liz Henry <>
Date:  19 Apr 2013 04:09:29 Hong Kong Time

Triaging good first bugs and mentored bugs


Hello Bug Wrestlers,

In today's meeting I talked a little bit about triaging through the Auto
Tools team's mentored and [good first bugs]. In an hour of triaging, we
went through at least 40 bugs. We started with the oldest bugs first.
Some were updated with questions, some were removed from mentor/good
first bug status, some changed mentor owner, and some were completely
closed. It was helpful to have prepared an Etherpad with a list of bugs
to run through.

We ended up with 43 mentored/good first bugs remaining open.  A look at
resolved bugs showed that 102 of the team's mentored and GFB had been
resolved over the last couple of years. 91 of these were mentored bugs!

One thing I noted was that no one was sure whether all GFB should be
mentored.  Is a GFB without a mentor so easy that a mentor would be
pointless?  Is a mentored bug that isn't a GFB too hard for a good first

Right now, Bugs Ahoy, which seems to be quite popular and useful, only
pulls in bugs that are tagged with a mentor.

The fact that most bugs that come to a resolution (on the one team I
have studied) have a mentor COULD mean that mentored bugs are more
likely to get resolved, but it also could be that most people coming
into the system are picking and working on bugs from Bugs Ahoy, which
all have mentors.

This made me wonder what we could tell from taking a look at other bugs
labelled [good first bug] and [mentor=] in the whiteboard field.

Here is what I came up with, with a quick look.

216 [good first bug] have a mentor assigned.
21 of those are over a year since last changed.[good%20first%20bug]&bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&v1=mentor%3D

239 [good first bugs] don't have a mentor.
132 of these haven't been changed for over a year.[good%20first%20bug]&bug_status=UNCONFIRMED&bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&v1=mentor%3D

Camino, Phonebook, Core, Firefox, Mailnews, Seamonkey, Support have a
bunch of GFB that aren't mentored.

309 bugs have a mentor but are not [good first bugs]
7 of these haven't been changed in over a year.

Toolkit, Firefox, and Core have a lot of mentored bugs that aren't GFB.
Just saying "Core" or "Firefox" doesn't mean much since they have so
many different components and different teams.

I wonder about looking at triage of mentored and good first bugs,
perhaps making that a project for May, in conjunction with the various
teams who own the bugs.

What do you all think?

- Liz

Liz Henry