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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] "difficulty" field for Bugzilla
Date Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:28:16 GMT

On 10/24/2012 01:04 PM, Regina Henschel wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> Rob Weir schrieb:
>> As you have probably noticed, I'm engaged in a variety of initiatives
>> to grow the community, bring in more volunteers, etc.  One additional
>> piece that I think would be useful is to add a new field to Bugzilla
>> to indicate the difficulty level of the bug.  Of course, this will
>> often not be known.  But in some cases, we do know, and where we do
>> know we can indicate this.
>> What this allows us to do is then have search filters that return only
>> open easy bugs.  These are ideal for new developer volunteers on the
>> project who are looking for items that match their lesser familiarity
>> with the code.  It also allows a developer to step up to more
>> challenging bugs over time.
>> A similar approach, which they called "easy hacks", was successfully
>> used by LibreOffice.
>> If there are no objections, I'll add a new field to Bugzilla called
>> "cf_difficulty_level", and which a drop down UI with the following
>> choices:
>> UNKNOWN (default)

We have a "severity" field right now as well. Will these two fields be 
confusing to some? How can we differentiate them, and, more's to the 
point, to the reporter? Or do you see this as something that the 
responder to the bug changes?

> WIZARD is used in AOO UI in the meaning of 'assistant' or step by step
> workflow. Therefore it might be not understood here. I need to look up
> other meanings in a dictionary. I would drop it. HARD as highest step is
> sufficient.
> TRIVIAL sounds devaluating to me. Perhaps BEGINNER or STARTER is more
> neutral? Being able to start is not only a question, whether the task is
> easy or not from an objective point of view. Beyond that a mentor is
> needed. Perhaps a category MENTORED instead of TRIVIAL is useful. A
> senior developer would set it (and put himself in CC) if he is willing
> to guide a newcomer.
>> (I'm certainly open to variations on the names)
>> I'd then rely on other developers to help "seed" the database with
>> some TRIVIAL and EASY bugs, so new volunteers will have something to
>> work with as they familiarize themselves with the project.
>> I'll wait 72 hours, etc.
> In general I thing it is a good idea. Using Bugzilla has the advantage,
> that it is not necessary to hold a Wiki page in sync with Bugzilla.
> Kind regards
> Regina


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