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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings No
Title Quality of Bug Reports in Eclipse
Organization Unit
  • Nicolas Bettenburg
  • Sascha Just
  • Adrian Schröter
  • Cathrin Weiss
  • Rahul Premraj
  • Thomas Zimmermann
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
Event Title Proceedings of the 2007 OOPSLA Workshop on Eclipse Technology eXchange
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text The information in bug reports influences the speed at which bugs are fixed. However, bug reports differ in their quality of information. We conducted a survey responses among the ECLIPSE developers to determine the information in reports that they widely used and the problems frequently encountered. Our results show that steps to reproduce and stack traces are most sought after by developers, while inaccurate steps to reproduce and incomplete information pose the largest hurdles. Surprisingly, developers are indifferent to bug duplicates. Such insight is useful to design new bug tracking tools that guide reporters at providing more helpful information. We also present a prototype of a quality-meter tool that measures the quality of bug reports by scanning its content.
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