Death to bug advocacy
Andrew Fraser

I think there are different meanings for the phrase “bug advocacy.”

I agree with your feeling that some testers try to usurp the role of the product owner, and that testers who do this add negative value to most projects.

On the other hand, I see too many testers who don’t accept accountability for the quality of their own bug reports. I see a bug report as a persuasive document, one that provides the technical detail and (if available) market-relevant information that is useful for the other members of the project team to make an informed evaluation of the importance of the bug — and to have a head start on troubleshooting it. The process of creating that report is what I see as bug advocacy.