Article reprint in JavaWorld

June 24th, 2008

My “party of one” series of articles about one-man open source projects has been reprinted in an abridged form over at Those of you who missed it the first time can either read the shorter version linked above or spend more time on the full series:

I’ve said it a number of times before, and i will repeat myself once again – interacting with your users and promptly addressing the bug reports is of paramount importance to the long-term success of your project. I’ve looked at the Issue tracker of Substance look-and-feel for some numbers on how do i live up to my own words, and here it is.

The numbers below are for 365 reported issues, 132 of which were determined to be valid bug reports.

  • 121 (92%) addressed the same day or the next day.
  • 130 (98%) addressed in three days or less.
  • 95 (72%) fixed the same day or the next day.
  • 104 (79%) fixed in three days or less.

Of course, i would like to see the last two numbers cross above 80%, or even into the 90%.