Apr. 1st, 2014

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This entry will be stickied in [site community profile] dw_dev for at least a few weeks; please point people at it if they haven't seen it!

Apologies for the delay on writing up guidance on this, folks; we were wrangling out the last of the details. (Or rather, we were wrangling enough of the details for me to make this post; I'm sure there are multiple remaining details unwrangled, which we'll figure out as we go.)

Starting now, and thanks to Bugzilla's sad demise, we will be starting a trial period of using Github Issues to keep track of our bugs. It's possible that it won't work out for us, but right now the downsides are outweighed by the very strong advantage of having everything in one place and the heavy integration.

We will not be importing the entire Bugzilla database, for two reasons: one, putting together something to port over all the data is effort that would be best spent elsewhere, and two, it's been a long time since we've been through the list to cull things that are no longer features that are no longer needed and bugs that are no longer manifesting. We decided that starting fresh with a blank slate and only entering things as they come up will be a good way of making sure the list is only full of relevant things.

This post will be about two things: how to log bugs and how to find bugs to work on. There will be a future post on how a particular item (issue) will move through the workflow with you; we have a few last little things to clear up there first, but I wanted to get this posted as soon as possible so people could start work again.

Of note:

* Please only use this process for code-related bugs. We're not yet 100% certain what the process for docs bugs will be. For now, if you spot a FAQ that needs to be changed or needs to be written, report it with a comment on this entry in dw-docs.

* DO NOT use this process for security bugs. If you think you've found a security bug and want to report it, email webmaster@dreamwidth.org (private support category) and we'll take it from there.

* Part of this transition involves declaring total bug amnesty. If you had a bug assigned to you in Bugzilla, and decide that you don't want it anymore (or if you've forgotten about it completely), you're off the hook. (Not that you couldn't have been off the hook at any time anyway, but I know how hard it is to admit defeat sometimes.)

* On the other hand, if you had a bug assigned to you in Bugzilla, and you're still working on it or were almost ready to submit a pull request, we still want it! Open a new issue in Github for it and carry on.

* Just because we're not making a concerted effort to migrate every open bug from the old Bugzilla database doesn't mean that we don't want bugs to be re-reported. If you logged a bug in Bugzilla (or remember a bug from Bugzilla), and the bug is still happening and still annoying you, please open an issue for it. I will be trying to go through the last year or so of still-open bugs from Bugzilla to find "bugs that are still bugs" and re-create them, but I can't guarantee how long it will take me and I'd rather the bugs get logged sooner than I can commit for-sure to doing it, especially so that we have a nice collection of stuff for people to pick from if they just want to pick something up and hack.

That having been said:

Logging bugs )

Finding bugs to work on )

There you have it! It will probably take a little bit of getting used to (I know it took me a bit to figure it all out) but -- having gone through the process a few times in the course of figuring things out -- it really is very straightforward once you start doing it. The biggest gotcha, I think, is going to be remembering to set the milestone for all the unclaimed bugs. (That's part of the reason why we're considering using labels for that functionality instead of milestones; there are benefits and detriments to both. Fu and I will decide in a week or two once we see how a small scale test works out.)

Please take this chance to log all the bugs you're still working on, and all the bugs you can think of as still affecting you, over the next few days! Once that's been done, I'll start going through the various "upkeep" tasks (new themes, new embed sources, etc) and add those, then start working through the [site community profile] dw_suggestions posts tagged "bugzilla: migrated" to see which ones should be moved over to GHI.

([personal profile] ninetydegrees, I know you have spreadsheets for themes that were in Bugzilla and not yet patched; if you want to add those, that would be awesome, but if you don't have the time/energy, I will get to them when I fill in the various "is: upkeep" things.) (Also, I will explain the "is: upkeep" and how that differs from other "is: foo" tags in a few paragraphs!)

Again, I'm sorry for my delay in writing up the guidance for What We're Doing With This -- things took a little more discussion. Thank you all for being so willing to roll with things and try out new workflows.

If you run into questions as you work, just holler.

Appendix: What the labels mean: a work in progress )


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