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Sorry to be contrarian, but bug reports aren't weeds. The count of open bugs on a project is just a number and it doesn't matter if it is large or small. Closing bugs that never should have been opened in the first place is of course great, but many times the bug report is open because it is a tricky issue to solve. You cant just mark old bugs as "stale" and close them and hope that the bug is fixed in a newer version of the software.



To be clear, I only advocate that bugs with no reproduction instructions and an unresponsive submitter be closed as stale.

The oldest open bug in Rails is three years old, and even says "This has been around a while" in the description. https://github.com/rails/rails/issues/1769




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