[Tracker-discuss] schema ideas

Neal Norwitz nnorwitz at gmail.com
Mon Nov 13 23:32:36 CET 2006

On 11/13/06, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> Stefan Seefeld schrieb:
> > * I'd like to add a 'severity'. A severity reflects the impact this
> >   issue has on the user. The 'priority' is a ranking to be done by
> >   developers, not users, and should be read-only for users.
> This should come with precise guidelines of what value to use in what
> cases. Users are unlikely to fill out such a field, even in presence
> of clear guidelines (unless filling out the value is enforced, in which
> case they will give each issue the highest possible severity).

Right, it seems that no one ever gets the distinction right.  Users
shouldn't be able to change the priority either if this is setup.  I'm
not sure it's really worth it.  Very few of the categories are used in

Google's tracker is setup differently.  There are very few categories,
but you can assign arbitrary tags (labels) to each issue.  I was
somewhat opposed to this initially, but after using it a bit during
the design, I found it to be easier.  I would prefer to remain as
lightweight/minimal as possible.  Only add something when we really,
really need it.


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