I am moderating two Stack Exchange beta sites which both are quite active and deal with very new technologies. At least once a week we receive questions which at some point turn out to be a bug.
Since these questions are not off-topic, and often well-written and very specific, there is no reason to close them. However, they are almost impossible to answer except with: It's a bug!
Therefore, we discussed this on our meta and decided:
- to tag these questions with
- to allow link-only answers in this very special case pointing to the bug tracker
However, we still consider if it's worthwhile to close these questions once the bug is confirmed. I would like to discuss how to deal with bug reports on Stack Exchange sites? Is there any experience yet? Any best practices? Should we have an additional close-reason, closed as confirmed bug?
I see that AskUbuntu does handle questions which appear to be bugs as off-topic. But that's just a poor workaround as there are only three custom close reasons available.
Note: This is not about bugs on the Stack Exchange platform but on questions asked about bugs in used tools and libraries. Also note: This is not a feature request, I would like to discuss this and maybe we can work out something if required.