Articles tagged: rants

Bugtracking software gripes

3599 days ago

Message on signing up a new account in Bugzilla 3.4.4:

PRIVACY NOTICE: Bugzilla is an open bug tracking system. Activity on most bugs, including email addresses, will be visible to the public. We recommend using a secondary account or free web email service (such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or similar) to avoid receiving spam at your primary email address.

OR, why not change Bugzilla accounts to have usernames, so users’ email addresses don’t need to be exposed to the world, like every other web-based software in the world??

RT doesn’t let you create accounts via the web interface by default.

Mantis doesn’t have any kind of report/summary in the core product at all.

If you aren’t logged in, Trac gives no indication of how to add a new bug, and it attracts a bucketload of spam.

I would have thought these things would have been figured out by now?!

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An unsurprising exchange

3934 days ago

I wish I could say it was unexpected, but not entirely. I decided to organise a little LinuxChix in Melbourne prior to a large Linux user groups’ meeting. This is what the folk in Sydney have done for a while and it seems like a good idea to me.

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From: me
To: tech mailing list

We will have a LinuxChix meeting before the meeting tomorrow. We
will just meet at [venue], which is just a
minute’s walk from the main venue. So women who normally go to the meeting and
can come a bit earlier, or women who have occasionally or never
attended the meeting before and would like to know a few friendly faces before
they go to the meeting, are welcome to come along. Please also forward
this message to any women you know who might find it useful.

For more details see [link],
feel free to email me offlist for my mobile number in case you think
you might get lost or have trouble finding us.

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From: [individual]
To: me

Are you implying that only women can attend? Because that sounds
suspiciously like affirmative action :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_action#Opposition

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From: me
To: [individual]

As the link says, Men may come as the guest of a woman attendee.

If you are unfamiliar with the purpose of LinuxChix, I would recommend
reading http://www.linuxchix.org/about-linuxchix.html and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LinuxChix .

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So, a few things…

  1. I’m not sure when simply linking to Criticism sections in Wikipedia articles became any kind of discussion or argument (I mean did you personally write the whole thing? or you just subscribe to that section wholly, but not the rest of the article?) — but the nice thing is it’s usually quick and easy to rebut. I mean I could really have just replied with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_action#why_it%27s_awesome and that might have been an unanswerably awesome reply.
  2. Affirmative action? What? Since anyone who wants can attend, and no one gets a medal at the end, what are we… what? Yeah.

I know that women will have experienced, as I have, the scenes of women at technical meetings shouting over one another and interrupting and correcting one another, while rare men sit amongst them silent and perhaps bored or nervous or uncomfortable. And at the breaks, the women, who have been going for years and years, instantly become engrossed in conversation with one another while the newcomer men sit wondering if they should butt in and introduce themselves. And sometimes you notice the men glancing around the room and counting on their hands to see how many of them there are. And they only need one hand.

And yet we have the chutzpah to try and increase our ranks further. The nerve of it!

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