Bugzilla administration policies
fgouget at free.fr
Tue Oct 11 05:48:06 CDT 2005
On Tue, 11 Oct 2005, Molle Bestefich wrote:
> It's mainly a user interface thing. Freetext keywords seem like this
> really weird feature, which is not clearly represented in the UI, and
> where the consequences of entering a particular keyword is not
> especially clear. I think that noone likes to use it (feel free to
> correct me).
I don't share your aversion for keywords. As for them not being clearly
represented in the GUI, at least when a bug has a keyword, the keyword
is clearly visible in the 'Keywords:' field, whereas when it is
associated to a meta-bug all you see is a cryptic dependency on bug 967
or some such.
Also the Bugzilla keywords are not freetext. More on this below.
> Metabugs are much more clear. There's a descriptive text and
> discussion page for the metabug, where people can discuss which bugs
> really belong there, or whether this and that bug is related, or which
> bugs are most critical and needs to be prioritized.
There is a page which describes each keyword. To get to it simply click
on the 'Keywords:' label in any bug:
Note: On this page you can see how many bugs are related to each
keyword. Simply click on the bug count and you get all the bugs for that
> Keywords are also prone to spelling mistakes. Enter "shell23" instead
> of "shell32", noone will find the bug.
No. As I said above the Bugzilla keywords are not freetext. Type
'shell23' and all you will get is the following error message:
(on a violently red background to be sure you notice it<g>)
shell23 is not a known keyword. The legal keyword names are listed
Metabugs on the other hand are prone to typos. Say I type '976' instead
of '967', Bugzilla won't issue an error message. And if I don't follow
the link to make sure I typed right I will not notice the mistake. As
you mentioned such a simple typo will prevent people from finding the
And since components might be a better match than keywords for some
tasks, I will just mention that like keywords they are not freetext,
they are clearly displayed in the GUI, and have a page describing them
Francois Gouget fgouget at free.fr http://fgouget.free.fr/
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