Debugging.. ourselves!

(Meta: I had not posted for a week due to a range of reasons including net not working when wanted; but it also gave me a much wanted statistic: In this week of not posting, I still got about 50 hits.. which means that people ARE expecting content. That’s reassuring!)

We all know that none of us are perfect, and all that. However, what we don’t know is that we are generally imperfect in more ways than we know we are in. (That may not be written clearly enough, but you’ll grasp the meaning in a minute or so). And so, I think it is important for us to be told by others when we do something wrong. Problem is, hardly anybody will do this upfront. Even profs prefer to tell us by scribbling in red on pieces of paper.
I think I have The solution to this: A personal bug tracker. There are bug trackers for most open source software, where people post bugs they found, and the coders will work on them after excessive changes of tagging (read Open->Critical->Under Investigation->Fix Committed->Triaged->Again-and-again->Obsolete-Now->Haha->apt-get install moo).
Somebody should make a bug tracker for himself. In case you encounter this person and he does something you didn’t like; and you think it’s a bug in him, report it (anonymously if you want). Here are some of the bugs that I think I’ll have on my tracker, if one existed:
Year 2009 From parents: You don’t have regular baths. Status: Open->Fix committed->Obsolete
Year 2010 From parents: You don’t have regular baths. Status: Open->Fix committed->Obsolete
Year 2011 From parents: You don’t have regular baths. Status: Open->Fix committed->Fixed!
Yes, it is fixed now.

Year 2009 From parents: You don’t exercise. Status: Open->Fix committed->Obsolete
Year 2010 From parents: You don’t exercise. Status: Open->Fix committed->Obsolete
Year 2011 From parents: You don’t exercise. Status: Open->Fix committed
I hope I can fix it. It’s a tough one.

Since forever from everyone, many of them anonymous: Your handwriting will cause you issues in the future. Status: Open->Branched off from the trunk to a low-probability space-time; currently switching to typing whenever possible.->Hence fixed.

As you can see, this sort of a thing will be fun! I think someone should try it. I won’t do it myself; very busy with other stuff(bugfixing the known ones, lets say). But I hope someone else does. It will be a big thing! The next social revolution, perhaps? Of course, no bug tracker is perfect, and we MUST have a bugtracker to debug the bugtracker.

One response to “Debugging.. ourselves!

  1. v nice idea! it will actually help in self evaluation & self raise….. there’s one more bug in u . u don’t tell nice things about yourself to the people who love u, feeling it would be self praise. its actually not. they would just love to hear all the nice things you do & its a mark of respect to ‘report’ to those who hav been a part of making you, what nice u hav done. see if you can fix this bug.

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