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Inspired by the bug status fields from gnome I would do the following:

Bug Status

The status field indicates the general status of a bug- i.e., where is it in the life cycle of a bug?

  • UNCONFIRMED: This bug has recently been added to the database. Nobody has validated that this bug is true. Users who have obtained permissions from the BugSquad may confirm this bug, changing its state to NEW. It may also be directly resolved and marked RESOLVED, or more information may be necessary, moving it to NEEDINFO.
  • NEW: This bug has recently been added to the assignee's list of bugs and must be processed. Bugs in this state may be accepted and become ASSIGNED, passed on to someone else and remain NEW, or resolved and marked RESOLVED.
  • ASSIGNED: This bug is not yet resolved, but is assigned to the proper person. From here bugs can be given to another person and become NEW, or resolved and become RESOLVED.
  • NEEDINFO: More information from the reporter is needed to proceed further in fixing this bug. This should not be used when someone needs more information from a developer- a NEW or ASSIGNED bug implicitly needs more information from the developer.
  • RESOLVED: The bug has been resolved in some way. The resolution field should contain a secondary status describing the way in which it was resolved. See the Resolutions section for more details.

VERIFIED and CLOSED: Sugar does not substantially use VERIFIED or CLOSED. When used, they indicate that a third party has checked to see that a bug was properly resolved.

Resolutions Once a bug is RESOLVED, the 'resolution' field indicates in what way the bug was resolved. FIXED A fix for this bug is checked into the tree and tested.

WONTFIX The problem described is a bug which will never be fixed.

NOTABUG The problem described is not actually a bug, but a design choice of some sort.

NOTSUGAR The bug is either not in a module that is part of Sugar, or is caused by something outside of Sugar that cannot be worked around or otherwise resolved by the Sugar platform.

INCOMPLETE The bug lacks sufficient information to be fixed, and unlike NEEDINFO, no answer is possible or expected.

INVALID This bug is in some way not valid- usually used when INCOMPLETE or NOTABUG just don't quite fit.

OBSOLETE This bug is in an old (obsolete) or unmaintained version. This includes Sugar 1.x.

DUPLICATE This bug is filed already in the data base

WORKSFORME The bug can not be reproduced

Severity (Default=Normal) This field describes the impact of a bug on a user. Blocker Blocks development and/or testing work. Critical Crashes, causes loss of data, or is a severe memory leak. Major Major loss of functionality- menu item broken, data output extremely incorrect, or otherwise difficult/useless to use. Normal A minor part of the component is nonfunctional or broken. Minor minor loss of function, or other problem where easy workaround is present. Trivial Cosmetic problem like misspelled words or misaligned text. Enhancement Request for a new feature or functionality.

Priority This field describes the importance and order in which a bug should be fixed. This field is utilized by hackers to prioritize their work to be done. While each term has a description, it it important to note that priority is highly subjective, and bugs can move up or down the priority scale based on subjective questions like 'would we be embarassed to release the software with this bug.' Immediate This bug blocks development or testing work and should be fixed ASAP, or is a security issue in a released version of the software. Urgent This bug blocks usability of a large portion of the product, and really should be fixed before the next planned release. High Seriously broken, but not as high impact. Should be fixed before next major release. Frequently includes cosmetic bugs of particularly high visibility, regressions from functionality provided in previous releases, and more minor bugs that are frequently reported. Normal Either a fairly straightforward workaround exists or the functionality is not very important and/or not frequently used. Low Just not all that important. Rarely used in GNOME.

Target Milestone This field describes the version of the product that developers or the maintainers believe they should fix the bug by. This field is not meant for use by general users, the bugsquad, or the release team. It is reserved for developers and maintainers of the given module.

Sugar Version This field describes the version of Sugar that a bug has most recently been found in. This field is used by the Sugar release team and other interested parties to find all bugs in a specific version of Sugar, no matter what program the bug is in. For example, one query can find all Sugar 0.82 bugs, whether they are in sugar-toolkit 0.82.1, browse 100, or sugar-artwork 0.82. Don't set update field if you haven't verified that the bug exists in the version you're setting it to. Don't update this field without updating the product version field- that is still useful for maintainers. Unspecified This bug is in a module that is not in GNOME, or in an unspecified version of GNOME. Unversioned Enhancement This bug is an enhancement,and hence can be implemented at any point. 2.(odd)/2.(even) This bug is in the odd/even-numbered series which culminates in GNOME 2.even.

Gnome Target Milestone This field describes the version of GNOME that a bug should be fixed in. This is not a 'it would be nice' field, it is a 'Gnome releases may need to be delayed for this issue' field. It is intended for use by senior-ish bug triagers and the release team. We allow others to nominate 'showstopper' bugs by setting this field, but bugsquadders and release team members review such bugs and unmark ones where the change is not warranted.

Operating System This field lists the operating system the bug was found on. We know a lot of these are useless, bear with us. :)