[Wikipedia-l] Discussion forum for bugs/features

Karen AKA Kajikit kaji at labyrinth.net.au
Sat Aug 10 01:47:17 UTC 2002

Toby Bartels wrote:
> Under Phase II, we used [[Bug reports]] and [[Feature requests]]
> not merely to list desired features and undesired bugs
> but also to talk about them in a wiki way.
> Under Phase III, we instead use SourceForge for this.
> But SourceForge doesn't lend itself to discussion.
> Because Lee is essentially the only programmer,
> he will close an entry there if he doesn't want to do it.
> Of course, we know that he's willing to be convinced,
> but there's not much chance of that if there's no discussion.
> There are alternatives.
> [[Bug reports]] and [[Feature requests]] still exist,
> but nobody has used them since the change,
> and I doubt that very many people are watching them.
> Much discussion of features has taken place on this list,
> but that doesn't reach nearly as wide an audience as before.
> Most people that submit an item to SourceForge
> aren't going to think to take it up on the list.
> In short, I think that we miss the discussion that we had in Phase II.
> We need a place for people to submit items for Wikipedians' approval
> other than SourceForge, but we need to use SourceForge too.
> Ideas?

The problem with sourceforge is that it isn't very intuitive to use. I
found it almost impossible to work out how to submit a bug report - it
took me three goes to get it to register and I failed in attaching a

Also, the replies to it go to the person who reported the bug, but they
don't appear on the site. What's needed is a bulletin board that threads
everything together so they can be easily seen... or otherwise a
dedicated mailing list. I'd suggest saving this for general discussion
and questions, and putting the bug reports onto a seperate list just for


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