New Build Bar!
Wednesday May 3rd, 2000
We've added a new feature to our front page, which can help you determine if a daily build for your platform is worth downloading. At the top of the page you will see what we've termed a "build bar" underneath the banner ad. We list the three daily build platforms, and a ranking for each. If a build has received a thumbs down, it means that there are serious problems (like a crash on startup) that will prevent you from effectively testing it. Thumbs up means it's worth the time to download (no serious issues). Thumbs up with an exclamation point: there's something worth checking out. "N/T": the build hasn't been checked out. I should note that the thumbs up icons don't mean that you won't have any problems. Testing of dailies means you take the bad with the good.
If you pass your mouse over the icons, the "tooltip" that pops up will have comments from Asa Dotzler and other folks in #mozillazine regarding that particular build.
Also, the platform names themselves link to builds. If the build linked to isn't the latest, there's probably a problem with the latest build. In that case, check out the comment to find out more.
We hope you like our new addition. If you want to give comments regarding a build to Asa, who will maintain the bar, track him down in #mozillazine.
#15 Re: Mozilla doesn't have tooltips yet...
Thursday May 4th, 2000 9:27 AM
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How about, you click on the thumb and get to a talkback page, with the contents of the tooltip (Asa's comments) as the "article". That way everyone can chip in with real "review" information of the build.
I think lots of people have different conditions under which they would download a nightly. For example, due to time constraints I'd really only like to download builds if they're pretty solid (so far I've only used milestones, and I'm ready to put up with a little less stability than that, but not drastically so). Other people might be happy with "it runs without crashing on startup", and others will be somewhere in between.
A full talkback page where everyone can comment on a build would enable everybody to make a decision, regardless of their own criteria for "thumbs up" and "thumbs down".