We're a team of Software Engineering researchers investigating technical debt. Technical debt refers to "not quite right code which we postpone making it right” (Cunningham) and this may often introduce a cost. More specifically, the aim of this study is to gather information on how open source developers respond to specific source code phenomena such as partially or wrongly implemented functionality. With the results of this study we aim to create a better understanding of how developers annotate issues in source code. These results will be used to support prioritisation of maintenance activities in software systems. The survey data will be collected, analyzed and stored so that research questions can be answered and the results can be published. Since the survey is anonymous, no personal information is collected. For the same reason we cannot modify or remove answers upon request.
Thanks in advance,
Nicole Novielli (University of Bari, Italy)
also on behalf of
Nathan Cassee, Massimiliano Di Penta, Alexander Serebrenik, and Fiorella Zampetti