Bugzilla Update Staged: Testing Requested

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Sun Oct 23 09:56:39 UTC 2016

On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 10:15 PM, Martin Steigerwald
<martin at lichtvoll.de> wrote:
> Am Sonntag, 23. Oktober 2016, 16:34:39 CEST schrieb Ben Cooksley:
>> Hi all,
> Hello Ben!

Hi Martin,

> Thank for your taking care to update Bugzilla.
>> I've prepared an update for bugs.kde.org, from the current version
>> it's running to the latest version of Bugzilla. Due to the nature of
>> changes made by upstream to the HTML it's been necessary to drop the
>> Neverland theme for Bugzilla.
>> As dropping this theme may have resulted in unintentional breakage of
>> templates, and the upgrade is quite significant (from the 4.x to 5.x
>> series) it would be appreciated if folks could please quickly test the
>> instance, located at https://bugstest.kde.org/
>> If you find any issues it would be appreciated if you could let us know.
> I had a quick glance at bugs I reported and all seems fine. Actually I prefer
> the fixed fonts the default themes uses as it makes pasted console output so
> much more readable.
> However I do not think any of the bugs I reported use a non text based
> template… but I am not sure… what I saw so far, just looks okay.

Thanks for checking. Everyone's usage pattern does differ, hence why
i'd like to see a range of people respond.

> I do hope that the new version can help to implement measures to make bugzilla
> spam less likely, but if as you and Nicolás say this is really done by people
> who are paid to do it – I still have a hard time believing this… – … they
> basically would be able to circumvent any improvements with captcha´s and
> whatnot :(
> What could work is a trainable spam filter within bugzilla. Or at least
> something that greps out phonenumbers together with certain key words (as all
> the spam I saw was just this).
> I did some research on bugzilla and spam and… mostly the results are about
> preventing spam sent to users of bugzilla by not exposing their mail
> addresses… but not about spam in bug reports. I had no single hit on a spam
> filter *for* Bugzilla, which surprises me. Also the documentation for Bugzilla
> 5.11 does not seem to mention anything about spam filtering.
> I saw similar spam bugs with bugzilla.kernel.org and also Eclipse seems to
> have issues with it:
> https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=502814
> An idea here would be allowing others to clean this bugs too. Or modified: A
> button to mark that a bug report contains spam as an easier way to report it.
> Debian uses this approach for their own bug tracker, but as its email based in
> addition to a sophisticated spam filtering mail setup which seems to do pretty
> well.

Some measures which were devised to defend Mediawiki can likely be
applied to Bugzilla with minimal impact and required customisation.
These will be looked into once the update has been deployed.

> Thank you,
> --
> Martin


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