Quick note about softblocking bugs:

  • Blocking bugs marked [softblocker] (betaN or final) NO LONGER have automatic approval
  • To land a softblocker on mozilla-central you can do one of the following:

    If the risk / reward ratio is close to zero….

    1. Add justification to the bug
    2. Toggle the “approval2.0” flag on the patch to “?” (aka ask for approval on the patch itself)

    -OR-

    If you think the bug is wrongly categorized and needs to block the release of Firefox 4…

    1. Remove “[softblocker]” from the whiteboard
    2. Add justification to the bug
    3. Toggle the “blocking2.0” flag to “?” (aka nominate it for hardblocking)
  • This means the ONLY bugs with automatic approval are hardblockers (betaN or final)
  • We will be setting the “blocking2.0” flag to “-” shortly (aka making them not blocking)
  • We will not be going through and removing [softblocker] from the whiteboard

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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5 Responses to Firefox 4 “softblocking” bugs no longer have automatic approval

  1. MauricioC says:

    Congratulations on this important decision!

  2. J. McNair says:

    Okay, I m going to ask what might be a dumb question.
    Many of the soft blockers may still be fixed in 4.0.x maintenance releases, right?

    I’m just hoping we won’t have to wait until Firefox 4.1 or 5 or anything.

    Anyway, thanks for all the hard work you and hundreds of others put into my favorite web browser/application platform thing.

    • Christian says:

      Not a dumb question at all! Yes, they are eligible to making it in the .x releases and some may even land in 4.0 proper. It’s really a narrowing of scope but we are still deciding on the bugs on a case-by-case basis. Of course, evey day goes by the bar gets higher and higher to what we’d take.

  3. XtC4UaLL says:

    Do Softblockers qualify for Blocking +.x State?
    Can this be done in a Mass Change or manual Triage after Branching happened?
    If no, why? šŸ™‚

    • Christian says:

      Yes, the softblockers will be one of the first places we look for the .x bugs but we don’t want to move them all blindly. I will likely be doing a mass change, but it seems Bugzilla might foil that plan and I might need to write a quick script.