On 2018-05-28 16:50, Anton Aylward wrote:
On 28/05/18 07:51 AM, Simon Lees wrote:
This brings us to the next issue, posting bugs / bug reports on mailing lists rather then bugzilla. This is a practice we would like to see stopped and we will be gently reminding people if they continue posting bugs on mailinglists, this especially includes if a package / application breaks when updating tumbleweed / leap (including beta's).
I understand your concern. What you are complaining about is people too lazy or disinclined to use bugzilla to report valid bugs.
I know (and you know, Anton) of some people that bluntly refuse to use bugzilla, and nothing will change their thinking ;-)
We would ask that you search for your issue prior to reporting
Not just on bugzilla but ...
I'm sure there are users less experienced than me who are unsure of themselves and unsure if what they see as something wrong is a bug or their own mistake. The mistake may be wrong assumptions about what is supposed to happen or it may be misconfiguration rather than a bug.
My experience has been that reporting my own mistakes and misconfiguration on bugzilla simply ends up in a WONTFIX. It may be that the developer didn't have time or patience to explain what *I* was doing wrong and that there really wasn't a bug, or it may be that (s)he didn't want to bothered tracing why this bug happens, what fringe/test-case brings it up.
And perhaps I'm not alone ...
So before reporting to bugzilla I ask on the list "Is this my mistake?"
I do that. :-)
I hate to report a bugzilla and then find out that it was my fault, and that I wasted a contributor time. I really hate that.
To date, a better than 90% of the cases has been "MY mistake and guidance, often from people that I don't think would be firstname.lastname@example.org. And yes, I've been referred to the kde- list and the btrfs- list and the xfs- list and the people there have always been helpful in telling me what I was doing wrong.
MY opinion is that using bugzilla as a 'first resort' will result in a lot of <strike>highly pissed off</strike> irritated developers as well as lots of even more <strike>highly pissed off</strike> irritated users.
Yes, email@example.com will work, *IF* you publicise the hell out of it and keep telling people who subscribe, naturally enough, to the main and other lists. Perhaps you need a sign-up notice a monthly notice, such as the sort that Mailman can send, telling users about firstname.lastname@example.org and the other lists, kde-, btrfs-, xfs- and so on, and to take specific problems there.