Clean up BFAV?

danielv at danielv at
Fri Jan 9 02:29:26 UTC 2004

As another compromise between notifying only the author, and
mail-bombing the list, we could mail everyone that had participated in
the thread around each particular mail. Then if any one of them thinks
the matter still has merit, it can be raised again. Note that the code to
do this exists in the BFAV, we can do that automatically.

I think the time-out tag is a good idea, because it creates a good
record of what happened.


Doug Way <dway at> wrote:
> Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 11:55:07 -0500
> From: Doug Way <dway at>
> Subject: Re: Clean up BFAV?
> To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list <squeak-dev at>
> reply-to: The general-purpose Squeak developers list <squeak-dev at>
> 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.
> >
> Sounds like a reasonable plan.  One thing I would request is that for 
> these automatic-timeout closings, maybe we should add an extra tag in 
> the subject, such as [closed][timeout], to make it clear why the item 
> was closed.
> One other approach would be to simply have the default filter in BFAV 
> only show the submissions for the last year, which would be simpler.  
> (Although someone would have to implement that. :-) )  But on the other 
> hand, I can see some value in not simply letting the pile of old 
> submissions grow bigger and bigger every year, so closing them might be 
> better.
> Marcus Denker wrote:
>  > Yes, I think we should close all really old submissions. Let's pick 
> some date and just do it. We should
>  >   -> sent a mail to the author and squeak-dev with an explanation
>  >   -> close the submission in BFAV
> Hm, sending an email to squeak-dev for each one might be overkill...?  
> This would be hundreds of emails coming in to squeak-dev.  I definitely 
> agree that an email should be sent to the original author.
> Maybe any submission which the reviewer thinks still might be relevant 
> could be emailed to squeak-dev too.
> - Doug

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