[RFC] Change default bugzilla status to "unconfirmed" for all newly added bugs

David Edmundson david at davidedmundson.co.uk
Mon Sep 3 11:58:09 BST 2012

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM, Martin Klapetek
<martin.klapetek at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM, David Edmundson
> <david at davidedmundson.co.uk> wrote:
>> However, when a KDE developer files a bug this step is skipped and the
>> bug is automatically marked as NEW.
> I may be wrong (and please correct me if so), but the bugs are marked as NEW
> if you file it with the "&format=guided" removed from URL, so not only KDE
> developers, but everyone doing that will file the bug as NEW (users are just
> not aware of that; also I don't think there's a differentiation between KDE
> developer and an ordinary user on bugzilla level, except the elevated bug
> editing rights).

Interesting, just made a test account and opened some fake bugs on my product:

normal user + format guided => unconfirmed
normal user  - format guided => new
kde dev + format guided => new
kde dev -format guided => new

>> Whilst this may work for small
>> teams, KDE is too big a team for this to work.  Only the core
>> developers of that area of software have the knowledge to set the bug
>> status to NEW. I can, for example, file a bug in KWin but only someone
>> working in KWin has the full knowledge to confirm the bug.
>> As a developer this is very important as I have to duplicate my
>> triaging work, with the new system I can guarantee that everything
>> marked as UNCONFIRMED needs looking at by myself or one of my team,
>> with new bugs being already 'confirmed' I have to look at an entire
>> list that I have already looked at everytime. Also bugzilla should act
>> as a TODO list, everything marked as "NEW" should be something my team
>> has agreed upon, especially for behavioural changes. In the current
>> state I have junior developers regularly asking me "what should I be
>> working on next?", and I have to check before I can simply redirect
>> them to bugzilla.
>> I am proposing changing the default state of all newly added bugs to
>> "UNCONFIRMED" regardless of who the reporter is.
> I second this.
> --
> Martin Klapetek | KDE Developer

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