Re: bugsquad guidelines
- From: Aschwin van der Woude <aschwin van der woude creanor com>
- To: "Bugsquad list (gnome)" <gnome-bugsquad gnome org>
- Subject: Re: bugsquad guidelines
- Date: 11 Nov 2002 00:00:43 +0200
Based on Andrew's first draft and your comments, I have created this
Please comment on it. As soon as we have it in a more complete state we
can drop it into the gnome website somewhere.
On Sat, 2002-11-02 at 17:00, Andrew Sobala wrote:
> On Sat, 2002-11-02 at 12:21, Malcolm Tredinnick wrote:
> > I was thinking earlier today that there is enough collected wisdom in
> > the archives of this list that we just about need to write up a document
> > collating it all. So not just common bug-reports stuff, but the various
> > keyword meanings (including bug_squad), etc. We are starting to have a
> > learning curve for the bug busting business.
> > [And, no, Telsa and Luis and any other funny guys... the correct
> > response is not "well, off you go then". :-) ]
> In a very real sense it is :-)
> I've attached some quick guidelines I just wrote. They really need
> input, someone to flesh them out so they're readable, corrections, and
> bits that I missed, but as a starting point they're probably OK.
> The real problem is trying to describe general rules for categories of
> bugs when they all differ :-)
> BTW: I've been thinking about "Urgent" priority. Maybe bugs that block
> use of GNOME (eg. login hangs for everyone), or "Panel/Nautilus crashes
> at startup every time" etc. should be urgent. ?
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> New bugs
> -- Always set a GNOVER keyword. If you don't know what version, ask the reporter.
> -- If it's GNOVER2.0 and reproducable in 2.1, set both keywords.
> -- When triaging, take into account:
> ---- Visibility
> ---- How often this feature is used
> ---- Is this very specific to an uncommon OS feature or setting?
> ---- Does this make GNOME totally unusable?
> -- Other important keywords: accessibility, usability, keynav (also add accessibility to keynav issues), doc, string (string changes), PATCH (QAs should watch for patches coming into their bugmail and viciously add this keyword), multihead.
> -- If you've actually _read_ the HIG, add this keyword to bugs about HIG-violation. If you haven't, don't bother.
> -- All the stuff in b.g.o/triage.cgi
> -- If you think it's triaged correctly, add bugsquad. If you are doubtful, Cc+=you, say you've attempted to triage it, and watch for someone else to add bugsquad and what other changes they make. If you add a comment they may even explain why they think what they think.
> -- #FIXME: I18N, L11N: What's the difference?
> -- Immediately Critical+High
> -- simple-dup-finder.cgi
> -- Put crashing function in square brackets in the description if it is a new one
> ---- This normally involves skipping through g_* and gtk_* and grabbing first application-specific frame
> -- I always confirm a bug with a stack trace. Because, for some reason, it really crashed.
> Feature requests
> -- Almost always Enhancement+Normal
> -- If it's a fringe usability issue, Cc+=usability-maint gnome org and add a wordy comment like "Thoughts, usability?"
> Something not working as expected
> -- Generally Normal+Normal
> -- If it's totally broken, Major+Normal.
> -- Would GNOME suck badly if we shipped another version without this? If so, Priority=High.
> String moans
> -- Trivial, string keyword.
> Accessibility issues
> -- Are not trivial! Put as Severity=Normal, at least in the general case.
> People moaning about the button order
> -- Tell them our designated decision making forum for this is http://slashdot.org. (Some mailing lists may appreciate their input, but most are sick to death of the topic. Usability may be interested if there is a good usability reason other than "I want it to be like Windows/KDE", but otherwise NOTABUG.)
> Memory leaks (don't get many of these reported)
> -- Should theoretically be Critical+Normal
> -- Can be bumped down to Major+Normal in applications that don't get run all the time. So in gnome-search-tool, memory leaks aren't so important, but in gnome-settings-daemon or nautilus they are.
> -- Are just like any other bugs - and they often don't search for dups or correctly set priority just like all the other bug reporters
> -- Can be Sun-specific. If they are talking about something that sounds totally alien, ask them.
> -- Can often be multihead. Remember to set the multihead keyword if they are.
> Bugzilla crack
> -- screenshot keyword is not really used by anyone and can probably be removed...
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