|[cross-project-issues-dev] Are restrictions on Bugzilla worse than spam?|
TL;DR: Bugzilla restrictions block new contributors - that's
worse than spam.
A few weeks ago, because of a spam attack, access to bugzilla and ability to report bugs and comment on bugs for new members was restricted. New members now have to ask webmasters to be whilelisted and allowed to interact with the community.
I've got some colleague who just registered and tried to
contribute and totally failed at it. The message about asking
webmasters for whilelist wasn't visible enough apparently so they
didn't realize it was necessary and just ended up with an account
which seem unusable to them. So I had to forward messages in their
So IMO, the current state is by far worse than having spam. It
makes the community more difficult to join for new subscribers and
appear more closed than it is. A lot of effort were done in the
past to "reduce barriers" from users to contributors, and this
Bugzilla thing goes to the opposite direction.
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