I am an undergrad studying Computer Science. When I tried reporting bugs to several projects, I came across the classification untriaged a lot. A web search didn't really explain what this means.

Could you tell me what an untriaged bug is?


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Triage comes from medical jargon - it is the process of prioritizing patient care.

When used in the context of bugs it has a similar meaning - determining the priority of a fix.

So, untriaged bugs are those that have not been assigned a priority yet.

  • It can also mean it hasn't been assigned to a particular developer yet; ie it is waiting for someone to determine which person ought to investigate and fix that particular bug.
    – Crashworks
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 12:12
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    @Crashworks - It hasn't been assigned because it has not been prioritized. Prioritization comes before assigning. It is the process of deciding if a bug should even be assigned.
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 14:13
  • We do it the other way around at our studio; the person assigned to investigate the bug is the one who decides its severity and how urgently it should be fixed. For us "triaging" bugs means going through the unsorted list of fresh reports and assigning them to owners.
    – Crashworks
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 14:28
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    The assigned owner makes that determination, since s/he's the one who understands the system, whether it's really a bug or by design, and the cost of fixing it. Anyway my point isn't to argue which is the better bug-reporting process; I was just pointing out an alternative definition of the word 'triage' used at some workplaces.
    – Crashworks
    Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 15:01
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    You're both right. A more generic definition of "untriaged" is that a human beyond the original reporter hasn't looked at it for classification. What that classification accomplishes is dependent on the workflow and context. Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 16:13

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