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- "Staleness" is defined as the lack of activity (especially comments and patches) on the bug report.
- This is particularly true of enhancement requests, but also of all non-critical bugs (unless the critical bug was caught by the Bug Ness law).
BugNow is an extension of WikiNow, which states «A wiki exists in a perpetual state of nowness».
While bugzilla has some deficiencies compared to a wiki, namely that comments can't be edited and that it's a ViewPoint system (multiple reports can exist on a single topic, even with opposite opinions), the life of MediaWiki is largely similar to the life of the wikis which run on it.
- It grows organically, without a pre-defined plan; no component (except few extensions) is owned exclusively by someone.
- Most (useful) work on it was by volunteers, with all that it implies.
- Most parts of it were produced and then left to live on their own: they are not maintained by anyone other than the community of developers and users at large (with few exceptions).
An inactive bug report is like a stub of an improvement: just because nobody has yet "expanded" it to a (merged) patch, it doesn't mean it's less important or valuable to the (developer) community. One day someone will come and make that stub into a featured article, if you don't delete or hide it.