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These are draft suggestions related to the meanings of various entities in Bugzilla. They will be moved to the appropriate wiki pages if finalized and approved.

How to Triage: Add severity and priority

The following is to be added to the checklist at BugZappers/How_to_Triage (draft pending at User:Beland/How to Triage).

X.) Are the severity and priority set correctly?

See BugZappers/BugStatusWorkFlow for definitions.

BugStatusWorkFlow: Remove duplicate ASSIGNED content

The following is to replace the ASSIGNED section of BugZappers/BugStatusWorkFlow in its entirety:


The triage team believes that this is a complete, actionable bug. A triager has used the Triage checklist for NEW bugs; all necessary information has been supplied, and this bug is not a duplicate of an older bug.

BugZappers/BugStatusWorkFlow: Explain all remaining states

(Previous draft material removed; states are explained at: [1])

Severity and Priority

Possible amplification of:

Proposal A

Severity is used to describe how serious a bug is in the context of the specific component:

  • Urgent: Software is completely unusable, loses data, or the RPM won't update properly. Frequent or commonly encountered crashes.
  • High: Loss of important functionality, or severe usability problem. Infrequent or un-reproducible crashes, or crashes that occur only in specific circumstances.
  • Medium: Highly visible cosmetic defect, moderate usability problem, loss of minor functionality, moderate loss of functionality with workaround, or high priority request for enhancement. [default choice]
  • Low: Minor cosmetic defect, minor usability problem, or low priority request for enhancement.

Priority is used to indicate what order bugs should be fixed, in the context of the entire release:

  • Urgent: Urgent or high severity affecting the majority of users, demanding the immediate attention of an engineer.
  • High: Urgent or high severity affecting many users; should be at the top of the package maintainer's todo list.
  • Medium: Medium severity affecting many users, or high severity affecting few users.
  • Low: Affects a small number of users or is low severity.

Proposal B

Reporter/bug traigers manipulate only with severity of bugs, priority might be originally copied from reporter's setting (alternatively: only triagers and maintainers can change severity once the bug is filed, reporter can set it just when filing the bug):

  • Urgent: bug makes whole system unusable (or it is a security bug, which is per definition urgent)
  • High: bug makes the program in question unusable
  • Medium: real bug which makes program more difficult to use, at least part of the program is available; possibly workarounds are available
  • Low: rest ... cosmetic issues, corner cases with unusual configurations, etc.