Tree Closes For 0.9.8
Wednesday January 16th, 2002
Mozilla.org has closed the tree to approved checkins only, starting as of 12am Wednesday, and will do so until 0.9.8 has branched. 0.9.8 will have a variety of new items including new natively drawn widgets on WindowsXP, Mac OS X, and GTK, when you are in the classic skin (We will have more on this later, including screenshots); the addressbook was rewritten, and now supports printing, a new "Get Map" button allowing you to query for a map based on a card address, and other stability fixes; Windows MAPI support; and a huge amount of performance and stability work.
Many believe this is one of the last milestones prior to 1.0, and that Mozilla.org will actually have 1.0 following 0.9.9. 0.9.8 should branch sometime next week, with a release two Mondays from now. We'll keep you updated on both the branching and the release.
#109 It -IS- a bug
Tuesday January 22nd, 2002 9:11 AM
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It's a usability bug. It could also be contstrued slightly as a security bug since the same "feature" makes spamming the board easier. So, understanding how users approach posting on the forum, a little bit of code could easily be written to, upon a new post, attempt to see whether a new post from that user had been submitted in the past 10 minutes, hour, or whatever, and then, if so, compare to see if any of the posts match. If they do, then simply ignore the latest post. Problem solved. It has 1-2 more selects per posting operation that currently is being done, but that's not likely to bring down this site again, I would hope.
Bugs aren't always the computer acting wrongly. They can also help keep the user from messing up and make things easier (yeah, I know this is MS-speak, but computers ARE tools after all).
(Oh, and moz-zine could stand to fix their long-outstanding display of ///////// whenever an apostrophe or quotation mark is used)