Fwd: REST APIs, and Tags

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Wed Feb 10 17:19:27 UTC 2010

On 10/02/10 16:09, Frédéric Buclin wrote:
> <troll>
>   You could as well stop using Bugzilla and use Excel instead.
> </troll>
> Using labels for everything is unmanageable, and would make it very hard
> to track bugs efficiently, especially when used in some complex queries.
> You want a UI with less fields, but you are making bug tracking more
> difficult, which makes the simpler UI useless.

Given that Ben has noted that exactly the system he suggests is in use
by a bug tracker which tracks bugs for some 250,000 projects[0], I think
that asserting such a system would be "unmanageable" is contradicted by
the evidence.

We might argue that we are not technically capable of building such a
system. But we can't argue that it would be unusable if we did.

Remember also that the fact that a "field" used tags on the back end
doesn't mean that the only permitted UI is a giant "tags" textbox. If
particular fields are particularly important, you can break them out in
the UI. E.g. one could certainly implement e.g. "OS" as a drop-down
listbox while still having it implemented on the back end using a tags


[0] http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/meaning-of-open.html
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