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

Ken Causey ken at
Thu Jun 3 17:00:22 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2004-06-03 at 11:06, Doug Way wrote:
> >...  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: 
> 6-3-04".
> Ooh, although maybe the Squeak version + update number would be more 
> useful (and usually unique)... "[BUG] UndefinedObject(Object)>>error: 
> from Squeak3.7beta-5923"

Frankly, I would personally prefer a UI where the user is requested to
fill in the subject and it is not filled in for them at all.  The tags
can be added afterwards so it is recognized appropriately.  Both in an
email client and more importantly in BFAV2 it's very very helpful if the
subject is more communicative than any automatically generated subject
would likely be.  I've been frustrated many many times now by bug
reports that include nothing more than the debug log with no comments
about what the user was trying to do.  The UI should encourage the
reporter to provide information that would be difficult if not
impossible for Squeak to provide itself.  My 2 cents.


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