enter_bug page

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Thu Oct 17 07:04:40 UTC 2002

We need to decide what is, and isn't going to be on the default 
enter_bug page.

Until post_bug and process_bug are combined, at which point enter_bug 
can contain any fields that the admin desires, we have the problem that 
everything on the enter_bug screen requires duplicated code. It is also 
the case that we want to avoid over-complicating this screen - for 
example, the add-attachment interface is never going to appear there. 
We've been fending off suggestions ("Checkbox - vote for this bug") for 
a while now.

It used to be the case that after you filed a bug, you had to click the 
link and wait for it to load before making any further changes. Now, the 
bug itself is output after the "bug added" message, so complaints in old 
bugs like "It is a multiple step process instead of one" no longer 
really apply.

http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=112373 has just been checked 
in, adding dependencies to the enter_bug page - this has resulted in a 
400-line, 16k patch! And bug 112373 is the only bug I have ever seen 
requesting this feature - keywords, on the other hand, were requested by 
several people, the bug had 8 duplicates and it was an 80-line, 2k patch.

I think we should declare a moratorium on further complication of the 
enter_bug page (given the ease with which fields can be changed 
immediately after filing), and give serious consideration to backing out 
the dependencies patch.

Thoughts? :-)


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