getting first comment from longdescs for RSS support

Gervase Markham gerv at
Sun Feb 13 16:45:52 UTC 2005

Stuart Donaldson wrote:
> Actually, this reminds me of a question I was going to ask.  Is it 
> really best to have the Long description be the first comment?  Wouldn't 
> it be better to have a separate field for this, and then allow editing 
> the long description (with change tracking of course) so it can be 
> revised?  I have often questioned the fact that you must always read 
> through a rather long list of comments to understand the bug because 
> sometimes comments will clarify the initial description.

There's a request for enhancement on this. Myself, I'm not convinced. If 
the bug changes purpose enough that the description is out of date, a 
new one should be opened. Allowing people to edit the description means 
that some comments based on the original description may then not make 

The status whiteboard is useful for short changeable notes.


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