Fool Me Once, Can’t Get Fooled Again

Yesterday, an ominous message appeared in my inbox from one of our key engineers, via our bug tracking system:

Didn’t get my visa. Moving back to Calgary. :(


Oh, crap!

Okay, I realized that it was April 1st and all. And having to pack up and move back to Canada all of a sudden? That sounds fishy too. On the other hand, closing all your bugs WONTFIX, that seems awfully serious. That couldn’t be a joke… could it?

My friend Jay says I shouldn’t have been fooled for a second. “Dude, engineers never voluntarily update their bug states. That was your red flag right there.”

Ten years working in the Valley, and still so naive. Sigh. Live and learn.

9 thoughts on “Fool Me Once, Can’t Get Fooled Again

  1. Nice!

    I’m totally going to file a bug to add “Apocalyptic” to our bug tracker. Though I’m not sure it will actually get done — the most urgent I can make this bug is merely “Critical”, so I guess this is kind of a chicken and egg problem.

  2. LOL. Who would do such a horrible thing! Damn the US government and their work VISAs?

    I bet karma will get back at him. Maybe the “reopen all selected bugs” feature will be broken on bugzilla and he will have to do them all by hand! Ha! That would teach him!

  3. Hehe, I actually heard about that at lunch with the Bugzilla guys. :)

    I think the lesson here is, don’t mess with Bugzilla. That just makes it angry.

  4. It’s a little known fact that the Bugzilla DB is actually inhabited by a 10th level daemon with a grudge towards everyone who isn’t likewise trapped in a small metal box.

    Of course, now that I’ve told you this, I’m going to have to kill you. I’m very sorry, but you know how it is. See you Monday! :)

  5. Aaah, that’s a horrible joke! We don’t have an “apocalyptic” bug status, but we did have an “apocalypse” target milestone for a while.

  6. britta — wait, does that mean the target milestone is meant to be completed before or after the Apocalypse?

  7. Well, in that case, watch out for your teammates pushing their bugs LATER or reassigning bugs to others, giving reasons such as “Skin melting due to sulfurous ash cloud” or “under attack from swarm of mutant locusts.” With some people, it’s just one excuse after another, you know what I mean?

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