13 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: A. Karl Kornel, Assigned: Erik Stambaugh)





13 years ago
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Once bug 304989 is landed, I'd like to enhance whining by adding Meta-users.

Right now, a whining schedule entry can hold a reference to a user or to a group.  That's kindof 
problematic in cases where you don't actually know who the recipient will be until the query is 
executed.  For example, if you try to implement whineatnews functionality, you get stuck on the fact 
that the owner changes from bug to bug.  With this enhancement, that would no longer be a sticking 

I would define the following Meta-users (one meta-user per line):

Bug reporter
Bug assignee
Everyone on the CC list
QA contact

(Yes, "Everyone on the CC list" isn't really a single user, but for these purposes I'm treating it as such).

When creating a new whining schedule entry, the user would be able to select one (or more) of the 
above meta-users as recipients of the whine.  Nomail is supported, so if a whine is supposed to go out 
to a person and they're on the nomail list, they won't be contacted.

There is one other interesting feature, and that is the "One email per bug" checkbox.  Here's what I'd 
do:  If the box is checked, then the query is run.  The list of recipients starts out containing only those 
explicitly-named users and users in an explicitly-named group.  Then every bug (resulting from the 
query) is examined.  Every matched meta-user is added to the recipient list.  Once the list is complete, 
users on the nomail list are removed, and the one email is sent to each user.  If the box is unchecked, 
the "build recipient list" process takes place once for each bug returned using the query.

On the issue of security, the query is run in the guise of the user who created the whine.  Of course, 
accessing this feature requires the ability to whine at others, so this should not be a new issue.

Now, on to the questions:  First of all, should watchers be supported?  In other words, if a whining 
email is sent out to a bug reporter (who is NOT on the nomail list), and one or more people watch that 
user (and are also not on the nomail list), will the watchers also be contacted?  Put another way, should 
this work like the normal BugMail when a bug is changed, or should we pretend that watchers don't 

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

Let me give an example of how could be implemented using a single, admin-created 
whine with meta-users:

* Whine subject & body would be whatever you want.
* There would be one schedule entry, set to run at whatever time & frequency you chose.  There would 
be no explicitly-named users or groups.  The "assignee" meta-user checkbox would be checked.
* There would be one query, referencing a saved search to be described below, and given whatever title 
you want.  "One email per bug" is CHECKED.
* The saved search would have the following parameters:  Status is 'NEW' or 'REOPENED', only bugs 
changed between: '1990-01-01' and '-3d', where one or more of the following changed: '[Bug 
Creation]', 'Status'.  All other boxes, checkboxes, and fields are empty, have no items selected, or are 

Comment 1

13 years ago

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 305057 ***
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Version: unspecified → 2.21
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