Prioritization of bug reports and feature requests in Free and Open Source software projects

A few months ago I wrote an essay on software development planning in FOSS projects. It tries to answer the following questions:

  • Why has nobody fixed this issue yet?
  • Why wasn’t I consulted about these changes?
  • How I can influence what is worked on?

Some parts of the essay are specific to Wikimedia but I hope it can also be useful for other communities. It is published under CC BY-SA 3.0 so feel free to remix.

If you have a similar document for your project, please feel free to share a link in the comments.

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