Ultrazilla and accidental bans

Have started work on Ultrazilla. People interested in working on the next version of GNOME Bugzilla, join #bugs on irc.gnome.org. Subscribe to bugzilla-devel-list as well. I’m hoping to complete Ultrazilla before the 2.18 release.

Accidental bans: Since this weekend the Bugzilla webserver config was changed to automatically ban spiders (by IP address). This works by analyzing the URL. Unfortunately there could be some false positives. If you are banned, mail bugmaster@gnome.org. Specify your IP address and what URL you visited. We’ll unban you and also tell you how to avoid the automatic ban in future. Note that URLs causing the ban are not generated by Bugzilla.. if you have been banned, you followed a manually created URL (or your browser has a bug).

PS: the spiders are usually spambots looking for email addresses.

Notes on the Code of Conduct, bugzilla

Bugzilla has long had some etiquette rules; though they haven’t really been set in stone or enforced very uniformly[1]. We think the Code of Conduct embodies these rules well and will be making them more noticable from bugzilla (when a Bugzilla user creates an account, a link on the front page, etc.). As a result I’m going to remove the “this is a draft” comment on the page and say it applies to GNOME Bugzilla.

Also worth noting is a recent incident where a maintainer was
repeatedly insulted by a user both in bugzilla and private email (and
IRC and on various mailing lists) — and even continued to do so after being warned to stop. We eventually found out and disabled the
account, but there was really no reason to let the problem last so
long. If you[2] experience a similar problem, let us know[3].

Your friendly GNOME bugmasters

[1] Though we have sometimes pointed people at

[2] “You” being a GNOME user, developer, bugmaster, etc.

[3] Depending on the situation, we can just add an extra warning in the bug, temporarily disable the account (meaning until they contact bugmaster@ and agree to change their behavior), or permanently disable in extreme cases.

[4] Yes, this started out as an email.