Restricting Bugzilla comments

Kev Needham kneedham at
Tue Aug 5 17:36:50 UTC 2014

I honestly hope we never, ever do that. I would rather call bullshit out 
vs. filtering it, unless it is spam and/or against the ToS, in which 
case the comments are still visible with the author name and a "this 
comment violates policy x and has been removed" vs. filtering.

Per Gerv, banhammer with examples. :)


On 8/5/2014 1:30 PM, Mike Hoye wrote:
> Hi, folks -
> We're getting close to a point where Bugzilla will have some
> social-media features available (to people with editbugs privs, for
> now), so that people who are interested in advertising bugs they're
> mentoring can share them out easily. This is intended to be
> experimental; if it turns out to be great for bringing in contributors,
> yay, if it's more trouble than it's worth, boo and we turn it off.
> Uptake of bugs via StartMozilla remains strong, so as engagement tools
> go this has a lot of promise. Having said that, I've had a couple of
> conversations recently about abusive comments in Bugzilla, and a number
> of you have mentioned your concerns around seeing more of them and how
> to deal with them when they start happening (either individually, or in
> the internet pile-ons that sometimes happen).
> My position is pretty simple: working in the open is not a license for
> the internet to ruin your day.
> A handful of people, including myself, can restrict Bugzilla comments to
> only people with editbugs privs, and I'm happy to do that if a thread
> turns abusive. That's pretty rare, but as our community grows we should
> expect that it will start happening more often, and (eventually) that
> moderators will need to be available. We're not there yet, thankfully,
> so for the moment if a bug starts to go bad that way, please CC/needinfo
> me on it, so that I can address it directly.
> Thanks.

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