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?

@codesections Really, in this context "known issue" is just short for "issue known by those working on the software", as opposed to an unknown issue, which is only experienced by the users, or by nobody at all.

It's just an artifact of taking out the implied "by the developers/maintainers". Maybe it would seem less awkward if the maintainer calling it a "confirmed issue".

So, with that in mind, putting AFAIK in front just indicates this particular maintainer isn't familiar with the bug report that they think correlates to this issue - it might be something they overheard someone else talking about, or something they read earlier but haven't re-found to make sure it is still open.

So the sentence is really just equivalent to "I think this is a confirmed issue", which I don't find strange at all. The knowledge of an organization is separate from the knowledge of each individual.
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@thor

> 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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@codesections @thor Perhaps it means “previously encountered and commented on, with either documentation (formal or informal) or institutional knowledge _somewhere_ about dealing with it.

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