“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”
The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation
Metaphore: Compare the product to a dead horse. You could test if it’s eyes are working, it’s nose smells, it’s bowels function, the legs look as designed,…
But it will keep being a dead horse untill it is properly reanimated or another horse is bred.
What it tries to explain: Smoke test failed. The product is in such a state that further testing would be irrelevant. As a tester it is important to recognize situations where you are not contributing enough to make up for your cost.
You could log bugs to no end, but there might be a better course of action.
Lesson: If the product can’t be tested decently or your work won’t be sufficiently productive, cease testing and let development have another go at it.
The tester could go work together to help the process of reanimation.