Procrastiblog

February 13, 2007

Developers Can Be Dicks (It’s True!)

Filed under: Tech — Chris @ 9:50 pm

Take, for example, this bug that I mentioned a few days ago: the Mac OS version of the Thunderbird mail client doesn’t integrate with the Mac Address Book. Many people find this annoying and a good many cite it as the One Single Reason They Don’t Use Thunderbird On Their Mac.

In a past life, when my Mac was my main computer and Mail.app was getting on my nerves, I voted for this bug in Bugzilla. As a consequence, I am CC’d on any changes to the bug, which I find fairly annoying. Apparently, the maintainer find it un-bjørne-ably annoying:

Peter Van der Beken 2007-02-13 13:37:12 PST

is someone working on this with the intent of AddressBook integration happening sometime ‘soon’ (hint: not another 4 years, please …)?

Yeah, I was. But comments like yours have finally made me decide that I’d rather not read more bugmail from this bug.

And, with that, he took his name off the bug and marked it UNASSIGNED.

A little history… This bug was first reported in April 2003. The first patch was committed in June 2003. Since then, there have been about 80 comments attached—a rate of less than 2 per month—and the patch has been modified more than a dozen times to fix bugs or keep it up-to-date with the trunk code. Over 400 people have voted this an important bug, making it the #5 most voted for open bug in the entire Mozilla project database. Despite all of that, there has been never an inkling that the bug fix will be incorporated into a release.

What gives, Mozilla? Has all maintainence been outsourced to unhinged maniacs?

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