Alternate definitions for English words, as inferred from bug reports
Here are some terms that appear in bug reports.
- “Empty” means “There are a bunch of things here, but not the ones I wanted.”
- “Blank” means “There are things, maybe.”
- “The picture is wrong” can mean practically anything, including possibly “The picture is right.”
- “It didn’t work” can also mean practically anything, including possibly “It worked.”
One of my colleagues works on video drivers. He pointed out that when there’s a bug of the form “… and then I get a black screen,” there’s a decent probability that the bug will include a screen shot.
You can imagine what the screen shot looks like.
At least it compresses well.