Bugzilla Etiquette Guide Now Available

Wednesday March 19th, 2003

Simon Paquet wrote in to tell us about the new Bugzilla etiquette guidelines, written by Gervase Markham. These guidelines explain a number of the most common Bugzilla faux pas and are intended to make Bugzilla a more pleasant environment for all. If you see anyone violating these rules, you should refer them to this document by way of a polite, private email. Persistent offenders should be reported to Gerv, who is well versed in the art of LARTing.

#1 A very nice document

by johann_p

Wednesday March 19th, 2003 7:44 AM

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The only problem I see is with the handling of WONTFIX or INVALID decisions, or decisions in general, for that matter. As this is for newbies, the attitute to better not discuss such decisions is probably the best, but in general, I disagree. Firstly, for that rule to work, we would need a list of respected project contributors, and it seems, even those sometimes disagree about what is invalid or wont get fixed. Secondly, it seems to somewhat contradict rule 1.2. The crucial point here is that the rules - and reality - simply avoids discussion as tho who has the final decision on what. Some of these decisions cannot be reached by consesus, but if somebody is in a position to decide on an athoritarian basis, it should be visible to everybody why he/she can, but others not. So maybe bugzilla should mark the names/emails of those in power red or something ...