[tor-dev] Trac priorities and severities

David Goulet dgoulet at ev0ke.net
Tue Oct 13 20:20:29 UTC 2015

On 07 Oct (11:56:32), David Goulet wrote:
> Hello tor-dev!
> While 028 bug triaging, we realized that we *really* need priorities to
> not be a banana field deprive of useful meaning. If you are unaware or
> don't remember, the priority field in a trac ticket can be:
>     blocker critical major normal minor trivial
> Those are "severities" *NOT* priorities. Now I propose the following:
> 1) I take those above and copy them to the already existing but empty
> severity field. They seem reasonable and we are used to them.
> 2) Rename all priorities to something more meaninful:
>     blocker --> Immediate
>     criticial --> Very High
>     major --> High
>     normal --> Medium
>     minor --> Low
>     trivial --> Very Low
> 3) World trac domination!

Ok everyone! We are at "world trac domination" status. We now have a
Severity field for which I used the same name from the old Priority
field (since we all know semantically what they mean, I kept them).

The priorities have been rename like above.

Happy traccing!


For now, when you open a ticket, there are no default for both since
there is a bug in trac that doesn't allow me to change it. I've pinged
a sysadmin so hopefully will be resolved soon.

> This could get confusing for some tickets after that but at least we can
> transition towards using the Severity field from now on.
> Anyone object or think it's a bad bad idea?
> This is very little work for lots of benefits so I don't want to get
> into a massive reorg. or bike-shedding the naming convention. I would be
> open though to drop the "Very [High|Low]" field but that could make some
> tickets with less semantic.
> I'll let that sync for some days before doing anything. Let's not wait
> anymore and take back our Trac system! Freeeeeeeeeedom!!!!!
> Cheers!
> David

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