[Qgis-developer] Report bug/feature on homepage

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri May 2 06:42:53 PDT 2014

It was me who years ago put "Issue Tracker" on the MapServer homepage
beside the Download link.  I think you/we must remember this is about
the new users, about helping them tell developers the problems they are
having; a link to "Github" means absolutely nothing to a new user, and
if it is hidden on some sub-page it is useless to a new user.

(I love QGIS and am just trying to help)


On 2014-05-02, 4:18 AM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> There's a reason some projects choose to call them issues and not bugs
> (translations vary). I agree you can put a link on the front page to
> info about issues, but I would avoid a comment box - that will get hit
> by spam bots and then becomes another places people have to check.
> Thanks,
> Alex
> On 05/01/2014 11:50 PM, Zoltan Szecsei wrote:
>> Hiya,
>> What about a link saying "Think you've found a bug?"
>> That then sends the user to a separate page which gives guidance that
>> you want to give the user, AND also a box saying "Paste a short error
>> message here"
>> This is then sent off to google for them.
>> Regards,
>> Zoltan
>> On 2014/05/02 08:44, Anita Graser wrote:
>>> My main objections to having a "report bugs" button on the main page:
>>> - I think users who are not too familiar with the workings of open
>>> source projects will be alarmed why we think it necessary to add a
>>> "report bugs" button right next to the "download" button. They want
>>> (the illusion? of) bug-free software (even if there is no such thing).
>>> - I want to avoid cluttering of the homepage.
>>> - I also think Randal has a point when he says that some small hurdle
>>> can help keep the number of not-so-helpful bug reports down.
>>> +1 for top of "get involved" page.
>>> On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Nathan Woodrow <madmanwoo at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> What is the main objection to having it on the main page?
>>>> But if that doesn't feel right then I think we should raise it to the
>>>> top of
>>>> get involved page.
>>>> Nathan
>>>> On May 2, 2014 3:22 PM, "Anita Graser" <anita.graser.at at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I saw the discussion you had. I would prefer not to add a report bugs
>>>>> button on the first page of qgis.org but we could make it more
>>>>> prominent on
>>>>> get involved.
>>>>> It's not that long since I added the report a bug section to get
>>>>> involved.
>>>>> Many users might only remember the old page.
>>>>> Best wishes
>>>>> Anita
>>>>> On May 2, 2014 1:24 AM, "Nathan Woodrow" <madmanwoo at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>> After talking to some users one concern they raised was it was a bit
>>>>>> tricky to get find how to report a bug or feature.  I was thinking
>>>>>> it might
>>>>>> be a good idea to have a report bug/feature on the homepage. It
>>>>>> would fit
>>>>>> quite nice between the Download and Support
>>>>>> I am aware that you can just click Get Involved, and scroll to the
>>>>>> bottom
>>>>>> but it still feels a bit hidden.
>>>>>> Does anyone else feel that same way?
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Nathan

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