Bugzilla as a discussion forum

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Thu Mar 25 21:36:43 UTC 2004

Christian Robottom Reis wrote:
> I don't see a good argument for this. If you're willing to pester people
> on a bug, shouldn't you be willing to be pestered back?

Here are a few examples from my life:

- I come across a Bugzilla bug while doing triage. I have a useful 
technical point to contribute, or two cents to throw in, but I don't 
want to be bothered with how it finally plays out.
- Someone emails me with a bug number to ask a licensing question. I add 
a comment answering that question.

> There could be special-cases, such as QA and triage people, but that's
> not the general rule.

The problem is that there's no easy way of codifying these exceptions 
without yet more permissions and admin. Administering the current 
two-level permissions system is enough effort. And the more levels you 
have, the more you get "this person doesn't deserve permission X" mails 
which take effort to sort out.


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