Last Comment Bug 423680 - Bundle Spectator with all builds
: Bundle Spectator with all builds
Status: NEW
Product: Toolkit Graveyard
Classification: Graveyard
Component: Data Collection/Metrics (show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
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Reported: 2008-03-18 09:49 PDT by u88484
Modified: 2011-08-29 07:56 PDT (History)
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Description User image u88484 2008-03-18 09:49:18 PDT
I think it would help out a great deal to bunlde the spectator extension automatically with all test builds be it nightly/alpha/beta/RC builds.  Of course, don't start the data collection until prompted and the user agrees with the terms though.

At the very least bundle it with nightly builds.
Comment 1 User image WildcatRay 2008-03-18 10:54:57 PDT
To be truly representative, the sampling must be random across all users. Otherwise, the data will be skewed towards the over sampled users. For example, users of nightlies will likely have browsing habits different than the average user
Comment 2 User image Jeroen 2008-03-18 15:15:30 PDT
Isn't this the same as bug 273241?
Comment 3 User image Chris Blore 2008-03-18 16:33:53 PDT
OK, it looks as though I've been an idiot and just clicked "Reassign bug to default assignee and QA contact, and add Default CC of selected component" by mistake. If this has in some way screwed up this bug, would someone be so kind as to revert the changes I inadvertently made?

Thanks, and sorry for the bugspam
Comment 4 User image Mike Beltzner [:beltzner, not reading bugmail] 2008-03-20 09:46:51 PDT
There's a lot of privacy issues involved here, as well as potential data-skew issues (f.e., I'm not at all convinced that our nightly/beta audience maps 1:1 with our general user audience) to be wary of. If we do this bundling, which I think is mostly a good idea, I'd want it to come with some way of identifying the source as a nightly or beta user.
Comment 5 User image Chris Blore 2008-03-20 09:53:07 PDT
Also, FWIW, I think that bug 423837 may help with these privacy issues. If users are able to see in graphical and/or human readable form exactly what data is being collected and submitted to Mozilla, I think they'll be a lot more accepting of it. Granted, many people would dismiss it out of hand and say that Mozilla is using the data for underhand purposes anyway!
Comment 6 User image Jeremy Baron 2008-03-20 21:16:38 PDT
(In reply to comment #0)
> with all test builds be it nightly/alpha/beta/RC builds.
Long story short: if it's not suitable for a release we're handing to the general userbase then it's not suitable for an RC.

RCs are designed to be ready for release and use by the general user base.  In fact, generally on mac and linux the RC packages for the last RC of a release are binary identical to the packages for the release itself.  AIUI, on Windows, this is not the case because of issues with code signing.

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