Consider Changing the Subject of Bug Reports (was Re: [BUG]UndefinedObject(Object)>>error:)

Doug Way dway at
Thu Jun 3 16:06:27 UTC 2004

Ken Causey wrote:

>I want to point out to everyone that some of the automatically generated
>subjects that the debugger provides are not only less than useful for us
>humans, but also a problem for BFAV2.  I haven't checked to be sure but
>I'm almost certain that this thread will be completely hidden due to the
>fact that another with this exact name was closed some time ago.  The
>only way BFAV2 has to reliably group messages into a thread is by
>comparing titles.  This is just about the #1 most common bug report
>title.  There are in fact many seperate conversations over a span of
>years contained by the thread with this name, IIRC.

Good point... I've noticed this a few times.

>...  Perhaps something should be added to the UI for bug
>report sending to suggest this so it will more likely to be considered
>at the point in time where it matters.

I think this is probably the only way to really prevent this problem 
from happening in the future.  Hm, what would we automatically add to 
the subject to make it unique?  We could just tack on the sender's email 
name to the subject, or maybe the date, or a unique ID...  Actually, I 
think the date would be least offensive and most useful.  So the subject 
would show up as something like "[BUG] UndefinedObject(Object)>>error: 

Ooh, although maybe the Squeak version + update number would be more 
useful (and usually unique)... "[BUG] UndefinedObject(Object)>>error: 
from Squeak3.7beta-5923"

Either way, this should be a pretty simple enhancement if someone wants 
to submit it...

- Doug

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