On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:49:00PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote: > Brian May writes ("Re: How to make Debian more attractive for users, was: Re: The number of popcon.debian.org-submissions is falling"): > > I would really like to see a HTML/HTTP browser based interface for the > > BTS. I would have several advantages: > > I would strongly resist any such suggestion, for the reasons I have > already explained. > > In summary: We don't have a lack of bug reports, we have a lack of > developer time. Increasing the number of bug reports will take away > developer time for triage, for no benefit. > > Simply, we do not need to, and should not, make reporting bugs easier. An HTTP interface for /manipulating/ (not necessarily submitting) bugs would be a huge timesaver for me at least. If I'm working through the list of bugs in a package and setting tags, for example, sending mail after mail to control@bugs (or even using bts) is an inefficient use of my time. Simply ticking a tag and submitting the changes á la bugzilla is much quicker and with instant feedback (I don't need to check all the mail replies to make sure the operation succeeded, and I don't need to carefully compose a mail with the correct syntax or spend time copying and pasting bug numbers and other details onto the command line). The same applies to other common BTS operations. While it's very useful to do all BTS operations by mail, mail is not the be-all and end-all of BTS interaction. I do find I spend most of my time browsing bugs using the web interface, and being able to submit changes (and even attach patches and comments) would save me a lot of time, which translates to being able to do more Debian work in the time I have available. Regards, Roger -- .''`. Roger Leigh : :' : Debian GNU/Linux http://people.debian.org/~rleigh/ `. `' Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ `- GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848 Please GPG sign your mail.
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