Subject: Re: bugzilla configuration -- Bug voting
From: Niel de Beaudrap (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 15:23:28 CST
[Tomas Frydrych complained:]
>> Would it be possible to configure bugzilla so that every person can
>> only vote once for a particular bug and not for a bug they
>> themselves reported? I am sick and tired of plaughing through bug
>> reports filled with the popular vote entry from a single person, often
>> the reporter.
I had thought that this was part of the way the system worked. By allowing
me to choose how many votes I allocated, I thought it acted as an
indicator of how important it was (to people in general) to get it fixed,
rather than whether it should be fixed sooner rather than later. I had
thought that it would be regular practise for people to lump large amounts
of votes on things they hope for, which would result in very high vote
counts for the things everyone wants badly to get done.
I'm used to being stymied by programs that make me bend backwards to
try to get done some things which are prefectly reasonable. So I just
assume that when it is *easily* possible to do something, it is also
I will revise my votes now.
[Andy Kramer replied:]
> I haven't "surfed" to bugzilla recently (I just jump to bugzilla. ...),
> so I'm not sure what instructions everyone sees on the way. IIRC, there
> is no recommendation not to vote for your own bug. I don't vote for my
> own bugs (at least not initially -- I may add a vote later after someone
> else has voted for it), but I've seen a post where it was my impression
> that the poster seemed to think he had to vote for his own bug, it was
> almost part of the process of posting a bug.
I was under the same impression. "After all," I thought, "if you don't
care enough to vote for your own bug, who will?"
If you made it clearer and prominently visible that the etiquette is to
*not* vote for bugs you report, and that you should only give one vote to
each bug at most, you would see less of this behaviour. Revising the
system so that the idea is not even presented would be the most surefire
Niel de Beaudrap
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