Bugzilla: Philosophy

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Wed Mar 3 14:33:25 UTC 2010

On 02/03/10 23:12, Max Kanat-Alexander wrote:
> On 03/01/2010 03:40 PM, David Marshall wrote:
>> "The purpose of Bugzilla is to help people record and find information they
>> need to fix bugs effectively."
> 	That sounds nice, but there are a lot of people who aren't fixing bugs
> who are using Bugzilla.

But the point, surely, is to define what goals we are working towards,
not have something general enough to encompass everything people might
possibly want to do.

I can use a screwdriver to lever open a can of paint. Should the creator
of the screwdriver object? No. But would they have a right to say no if
I said "please make the end of the screwdriver concave so it would open
paint cans better"? Of course. Because the _purpose_ is to be a
screwdriver, and the change makes it a worse screwdriver.

Similarly, we need to figure out if people who are using Bugzilla to do
things other than track bugs are people whose (different) requirements
we want to be taking into account, or whether we just think "how nice
for them" and go back to working on a bug tracker.


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