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What is it

Extra Mile is an initiative to help KDE applications and workspaces fix small bugs and UI issues which gets in the way of the user.

KDE products are awesome, but could often be made much more pleasant to use by just ironing out a few quirks here and there.

Similar initiatives have already been run by other Free Software projects:

Criterias to qualify as an "Extra Mile Bug" (EMB)

A bug is an EMB if it satisfies all this criterias:

  • It must be a bug or an enhancement, not a feature request
  • It affects many users
  • It makes using the application harder or less pleasant
  • It is easy to fix (see below)

How to determine a bug is easy to fix

A bug is said to be "easy to fix" if it can be fixed in one day by one person.

The maintainer of the application or component should be able to help deciding if a can be fixed in one day. If it cannot the bug can stay but it should not be marked as extramile anymore.

Reporting extra mile bugs

Extra mile bugs are tracked on Bugzilla. We created tracker bug to group all extra mile bugs. To mark a bug as "extra mile", mark it as blocking the tracker bug, that is: enter "extramile" in the "Blocks" field ("extramile" is the alias for the tracker bug).

We may also setup an email alias for people who want to report such issues but can not or do not want to use Bugzilla. This email alias would be a simple way to reach us so that we can file the bug for them.

Communication

This initiative is part of the KDE Quality Team, so we use the team communication channels:

  • Mailing list: We use the mailing list of the KDE Quality team (kde-testing@) to discuss extra miles. You can subscribe to it from here
  • IRC channel: #kde-quality
  • Mail on kde-devel, kde-testing and blog every two weeks
  • Testdays: to be decided later, if we feel there is a need for them
  • Quantitative goals: not for now, we will see later

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