Understanding Expressions of Unwanted Behaviors in Open Bug Reporting

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Executive Summary

Open bug reporting allows end-users to express a vast array of unwanted software behaviors. However, users' expectations often clash with developers' implementation intents. The authors created a classification of seven common expectation violations cited by end-users in bug report descriptions and applied it to 1,000 bug reports from the Mozilla project. Their results show that users largely described bugs as violations of their own personal expectations, of specifications, or of the user community's expectations. They found a correlation between a reporter's expression of which expectation was being violated and whether or not the bug would eventually be fixed.

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