Clean up BFAV?

Ken Causey ken at
Thu Jan 8 15:25:34 UTC 2004

I spent some time along with Cees yesterday in trolling through old
posts (which I've done a little of before) and find that I agree with
Cees here.  Most of the oldest posts are either

1.  Already incorporated and should be closed anyway.

2.  Irrelevant because the code in question either doesn't exist anymore
or has been changed significantly.

3.  Incomplete threads missing enough information to understand the

3.  Without the attachments the text of the messages is often
insufficient to understand the issue.  Code communicates but not when
the code isn't there anymore.

I'm not sure of where exactly to draw the line but 12/31/2002 and before
seems like as good a place as any.  If the guides/harvesters will simply
give the word I will put in what free time I can find into closing each
one.  For that matter I suppose a little code could be written to do the
job.  I for one would prefer that they are closed and not moved
elsewhere so that they are still available simply by choosing to view
closed threads.


On Wed, 2004-01-07 at 19:14, Cees de Groot wrote:
> I've been going through the backlog of BFAV, and most of the very old
> posts are either:
> - bad mails with no attachments;
> - stuff that has been fixed.
> Therefore I suggest that for everything prior to, say, Dec 31, 2002, we:
> 1. Inform the original poster that this bug is going to be automatically
> closed;
> 2. Close the bug.
> The idea is that if the original author thinks the bug is still
> worthwhile, he/she can resubmit it. This will let everyone concentrate
> on stuff that is actually likely to work, BFAV will operate much faster,
> and in effect asks all 'affected' authors to do a review of their old
> work. I think in light of the sheer size of the backlog this is an
> entirely reasonable action.
> (an alternative would be to move the old stuff to a separate archive, or
> make a special 'stalled' status you could select on).
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