[LON-CAPA-dev] Exclamation marks on pages....

Gerd Kortemeyer lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Thu, 15 Jan 2004 11:42:00 -0500


We had talked about the Bugzilla link in one of the developer meetings 
a few weeks ago, where somebody suggested it ... I had the same concern 
initially: why would I trust a software that has a link to a 
bug-tracking system?

I came around when I noticed the "Report a bug" in the menus of 
commercial software, and actually was frustrated by NOT finding one in 
another system. Also, I was very annoyed in a faculty meeting where 
faculty brought up bugs in the middle of an important meeting (this 
happened twice now), and complained about this and that not working - 
very public in front of chairs and deanlets. We pointed out that this 
should go into Bugzilla. The standard reaction is: that is too 
complicated. So we get smacked publicly with maximum damage.

Why not in the header? It's because I tried to pre-fill-in the 
categories - note that some of the fields are already selected. Oddly 
enough, I could not set the version via the query string. The standard 
bodytag-routine does not have this parameter, and given how the number 
of parameters to bodytag increased, it would now be the n-th parameter 

Things one could look at:

* switching this off in the production version. Not having the 
respective entries in loncapa_apache.conf will make the boxes go away.
* currently this only shows for advanced users. One could decide that 
only really really advanced users see them (domain coordinators, for 
* ...

- Gerd.

On Jan 15, 2004, at 11:23 AM, Matthew Brian Hall wrote:

> Hey there.
> Just thought I'd voice my opinion:
> 1. The window for the bugzilla link ("!") is definately too small.
> 2. It's hard for me to view the software as reliable if we have a link
>    to our bug reporting page everywhere.
> 3. If we *must* have these links everywhere, can we have them in a less
>    obtrusive place than the top of the page below the standard header?
>    Why not make them a part of the header?
> Matthew
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