Tracking and resolving of software bugs are very important tasks for software
developers and maintainers. Bug-tracking systems are tools which are widely
used in open source projects to support these activities. The empirical
Software Engineering research community pays considerable attention to
bug-tracking-related topics in order to provide bug-tracking systems users with
adequate software and tool support.
Bug-tracking is a highly socialized process which requires constant
communication between developers and bug reporters. However, the inherent
social structure of bug tracking systems and its influence on everyday
bug-tracking has earlier been poorly studied.
In this work I address the role of bug reporter reputation. Using publicly
available information from bug-tracking system database, I model bug reporter
reputation to check whether there is any evidence of relation between reporter
reputation and attention from developers his bugs get.
If reputation actually plays important role in bug-tracking activities and can
relatively easily be extracted, existing prediction techniques
could potentially be improved by using reputation as additional input variable;
bug-tracking software could be supported with more formal
notion of reporter reputation.