Further context as someone maintaining distributions with long-running
issues. There are many reasons an issue could stay open for a long time:

* It requires much more consideration (and could relate to multiple
branches of reference implementation or different steps along the way)
* It's a reminder of a very low-priority issue.
* It's a reminder to rethink a topic.
* It's a low-hanging fruit kept so early contributors could pick it up.
("Up for grabs" issue tag, for instance.)
* It's kept until another issue is resolved.
* It's kept for a while until the original person who opened it will
confirm it was resolved or still exists.
* Someone asked to handle it and they're given their time to do so
(depending on complexity and prioritization).
* Some PRs need - as I describe it - time to ripen. I believe whoever dealt
with that knows what I mean.

It's very hard to judge by issues. Perhaps comments on issues? I believe
issues should at least be commented on (and I'm a terrible offender at

On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 12:14 AM, Douglas Bell wrote:

On Dec 23, 2015, at 4:49 PM, Neil Bowers wrote:

Number (and age if possible) of open tickets might show if someone's
paying attention to the dist. Like David said, much like the adoption
criteria. The issues don't have to be valid, they could even be spam for
all it matters, as long as someone's taking care of them.
This is a tricky issue, as I found when trying to tune the adoption
criteria. There are plenty of big name dists that have a lot of open
issues, and always do.
My current thought on this is that if no issues are getting dealt with
in some timeframe, then it fails the metric. Even if a dist has a pile of
open issues, if at least some issues are getting dealt with, then as you
show, that indicates some level of maintainer engagement. That still has
failure modes though: someone might have adopted a dist that they’re really
not up to maintaining, so they avoid the large / scary / critical issues.

Yes, absolute ticket count is not as good as ticket movement or churn,
even if a release doesn't necessarily result. A clean river is a
steady-flowing river.

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