ExtJS needs a public read/write bugtracker. I know this has been raised several times before. Here are some reasons for not having a bugtracker I've seen on previous threads.
Bogus reason 1) We need the forum to screen out all the crud before it gets in the bugtracker.
This is not a good reason. People are already screening out the crud in the forum, right, in order to decide what goes in the private bugtracker? So why not do that task in, well, a bugtracker?
Bogus reason 2) Keeping the forum means there's a single search context for support, which is better for searchability
Overall, it's harder to search the forum than it is to search a bugtracker. In a bugtracker, issues are structured data. There are different ways to search, filter, sort, find, categorize etc. This is not the case with the forum, despite trying to enforce a consistent naming scheme.
The aim of having a single support area for everything can be acheived by either porting the forum to the bugtracker (lots of them have forums) (I will help). Or it can be abandoned - many other projects -larger projects, even - manage perfectly well having separate areas for help and for bugs/feature requests.
Bogus reason 3) There's just too many bugs filed that are just simple programming errors for a public bugtracker to work. There aren't the resouces to maintain it.
It's also much easier to keep track of just the issues you are interested in, both as a consumer and a dev. Every decent bugtracker will have a way of filtering out irrelevant or badly-formed issues.
Anyway, here's the conversation that prompted me to post this...
Me: I'd like to use ExtJS for the Dollortron 9000 project.
Boss: Kewl. <Googles> Where's the bugtracker? I can only find this ugly Vbulletin forum.
Me: Er, that's it apart from a private one the devs apparently use.
Boss: WTF? Are they serious? <Puts bulging wallet back in safe>
Boss may be right, boss may be wrong, but we dearly need a bugtracker.
Big love to all the devs and everyone who helps here. I just want to make everyone's life easier!