I just observed the following exchange in a bug tracker:
user: *reports bug*
a maintainer: AFAIK, this is a known issue
something about that strikes me as ... circular? ...tautological? I'm not quite sure. Maybe it's that is raises the possibility of something being an unknown known issue?
two people putting more thought into this than it deserves
> Really, in this context "known issue" is just short for "issue known by those working on the software" … So the sentence is really just equivalent to "I think this is a confirmed issue"
But it's also short for her saying "As far as I, a primary maintainer, know, this issue is known to the maintainers". I guess part of what struck me as funny is that, if she knew about it, that pretty much makes it a known issue!
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