Move the RFE and Bug database into this century.
This Mustang thread is a great start but it will be exponentially hard to manage it if the post count, as it should, get very large. A lot of manual work (we don't want THAT!) has to be made to make som useful statistics out of this. I actually think there will be no public statistics out of this...
The RFE and BUG database should be accessible with an application startable with JWS. It should at the very least have the following functions:
*) Have a better voting system where you rather grade a bug/rfe that vote for it. That way there would be no more stupid 'three votes limit'. ;) There could even me more that one grading scale, for instance 'How important is this' and 'How much do you agree with this BUG/RFE'
*) Have some statistical analysis so that the relative importance of voters decline if they only use -5 or +5 (max/min to make them more 'influencial')
*) Easy accessible links (watches) to an arbitrary number of bugs/rfes so one can follow the progress of them.
*) Finer grained status system. E.g. 'new post', 'initial investigation', 'waiting for more info', 'will not be added', 'put on hold to: xxx', 'will be reevaluated on: xxx', 'beeing added to version: xxx', etc. etc.
*) Threaded comments for BOTH Sun and others. Today it is very hard to talk back to a comment a "bit up" in the RFE-comments.
*) Different user levels. E.g. 'Sun Developer', 'Sun Manager', 'Sun Politician ;)', 'Contractor', 'Senior Poster', 'Poster', 'Newbee' etc. These should be easily recognizable. (Today it is very hard to tell if a poster is working at Sun or not).
*) Custom polls within a RFE/BUG, so that it can have a more dynamic flow. Like a mini JSR where voting can be set to include any or all of the user levels.
*) Protection. All should be able to see everything but some bugs/rfes can be locked so onlyh certain user levels can change/post/vote for it.
*) Startable via JWS
*) Startable via JWS
I reckon it would take about 200 hours to make a working application, maybe more if there is more demands on the actual data. That's not too much is it? You (Sun) could gain a lot if developer community respect and confidence with this.