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)


    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.