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Re: Solution to "not sure what component to file against" problems?

2009/4/14 Adam Williamson <awilliam redhat com>:
> On Tue, 2009-04-14 at 21:23 +0100, John5342 wrote:
>> 2009/4/14 Robert P. J. Day <rpjday crashcourse ca>:
>> > On Tue, 14 Apr 2009, John5342 wrote:
>> >
>> >> How about just "000". It would be the default but it wouldn't be
>> >> encouraging people to file it without bothering to look. Long term
>> >> solution (dependent on RH since bugzilla is run by them) would be to
>> >> have something closer to the wizard like bug filing like kde
>> >> bugzilla which actively encourages people to search for similar bugs
>> >> before filing.
>> >
>> >  what about, if someone selects "not sure," popping up a dialog
>> > window that asks for some relevant keywords at the very least?  while
>> > the current bug reporting form contains space for "summary" and
>> > "description", it would also be handy to have at least *something* to
>> > search on with respect to a small set of keywords if one doesn't know
>> > the component.
>> That is more or less exactly what the kde bugzilla does. It first asks
>> a few details about the bug including keywords and then automatically
>> presents a list of possible existing bugs that might be the same and
>> the questions it asks also encourage users to find out at least
>> roughly what package it refers to.
> It's not generally a great idea to customize Bugzilla *too* much,
> because then you wind up being responsible for large chunks of code
> which are likely to be moving targets - they'll have to be adjusted
> quite frequently as Bugzilla gets updated.
> Mandriva used to have a heavily customized Bugzilla instance; the result
> of this was it got stuck at an ancient and unsupported Bugzilla 2.x
> release because no-one had time to port all the customizations to a
> later version of 2.x, or to 3.0. In the end the cycle was broken by just
> dumping all the customizations and sticking to a stock 3.x build.
> I'm not really in favour of any heavy customizations to Bugzilla which
> run the risk of leaving Fedora in the same position - and besides it's
> rather against the Fedora spirit of carrying minimal patches and working
> upstream.
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what about to fill the Item list like this (or maybe more/less items)


So, if a bug is filled against the 000_PLACEHOLDER with is almost
probability a mistake by the reporter. Reporting again the other
components gets you a little clue about the connect of the bug.


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