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I could easily see it go either way; it really depends on the bug. Some obvious issue, like "this button should do X but it does Y" can be verified by almost anyone. But some issues need the attention of the original author to really verify the bug. Maybe what needs to be done is someone in QA needs to attempt to verify the bug, or "pre-verify", and then it goes back to the originator for final verification, who can also verify it, or simply close it if they feel like QA did a good job.

That sounds like a good idea. As long as the originator has the option of having the last word, internal attempts to verify can only help.

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