Bugzilla spring cleaning

Doug Evans dje@google.com
Fri Feb 28 17:15:00 GMT 2014

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:17 AM, Pedro Alves <palves@redhat.com> wrote:
> On 02/27/2014 06:11 PM, Doug Evans wrote:
>> Hi.
>> There's a few cleanups I've wanted to see happen on our Bugzilla site.
>> The ones that are currently on my mind are these:
>> 1) Remove old entries from the "Versions" list.
>> Do we really need 3.x and 4.x here?
>> Personally, I can see deleting 5.x too, and replacing all of them with
>> a "catch-all" field for old releases.
>> [I can also see deleting 6.x, but "baby steps" ...]
> What's the actual problem this is trying to solve?

Improve the S/N ratio for users entering bugs.

>> I can imagine their appearance in some old bug making it
>> hard/impossible to accomplish this, but I won't know unless I ask.
> If there are bugs filed against those versions, then I don't
> see the point in removing them.

Neither do I! [What words did I used to convey such a significant
probability that that is what I wanted?  Let me know so I won't use
them again.  :-)]

That is why I raised the possibility that what I want to achieve is
not achievable (*1).
OTOH, *if* we can remove entries from the Versions list, *and* it
doesn't affect existing bugs, then I'd like to do so.

> My first reaction would be to
> object.  I see no upside in simply dropping history of old GDBs.
> But I don't really know what is the oldest GDB that does have
> bugs filed against.  If indeed there's no bug filed for
> those old versions, then I'll definitely agree with removing them.
> Closing bugs filed against old releases that have had no
> input for quite a long time would be a different discussion.
> But it's not clear to me whether that's what you're proposing.

I have a separate proposal for that, to follow in a separate thread.

>> 1b) IWBN to reverse-sort the Versions list.
> I agree this is one would indeed be very nice.  It's quite
> likely we have bugs erroneously reported against old versions
> simply because of this issue.  Bugs converted from the old
> gnats (which I believe is the majority of filed bugs) fortunately
> have the "Release" field in the description text, so we
> could fix any in that situation.  Furthermore, it seems to me
> that doing this pretty much would make the issue of eliminating
> old versions practically moot?

The older versions in the list are still clutter and noise.
Plus even with a reverse-sorted list it's still possible for users to
accidentally file a bug for the wrong version.  Do we actually intend
to put any time into such old versions?  I don't.  So let's turn it
around, what's the justification (setting aside caveat (*1) above),
for keeping them?

>> 2) The "Target Milestone" list could also use some trimming.
> Offhand, same as above.
> --
> Pedro Alves

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