ANN: Default bug view for BMO changed today!

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ANN: Default bug view for BMO changed today!

David Lawrence
   Today, the BMO Team changed the default bug view to the new modal
view that has been in development for a while. For those who would like
to use the old form, instructions on how to switch back are below in the
background information. The old form will, however, be removed one day,
so please try to use the new one and make suggestions on how it can be
improved.

    As some of you may already know, and maybe even have been using it
for a while, the BMO [1] team has been working on a new bug view page
(a.k.a. show_bug.cgi) for some time [2] . The older, stock bug form was
not well laid out and was difficult to understand, with all of the
fields visible regardless of how often they were used. The stock form
was originally designed to  display all of a bug’s data, and users had
to adapt their workflows accordingly. The BMO team designed a completely
new and more efficient view for the workflows of the majority of BMO users.

    The new bug-editing form has been added to BMO alongside the stock
form and can be enabled by toggling a user preference [3]. We have been
incrementally improving it and collecting feedback by those brave enough
to use it early on. The new form is using more modern design practices
and therefore is easier for us to improve and expand on. Any new
enhancements will be done only on the new form going forward. It was
code named ‘Bug Modal’ due to the modular layout of the page. Each
submodule can be collapsed out of view and expanded when needed.

    At this time we feel that the form is feature complete and has now
become the new default bug form for BMO. We have finished all the
blockers in our tracking bug report [4]. The older, stock bug view form
will still be around, and you can use the user preferences form to
switch back to the old one [3]. In the future, we will be removing the
old form completely after fixing a few more bugs [6], and we will make
another announcement before doing so. Removing the old code will make it
easier on us from a maintenance standpoint. Any bugs, comments, or ideas
for improvement of the modal form can be reported in BMO [5].

Thanks!
BMO Team

[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org
[2] https://globau.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/bmo-new-look
[3]
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/userprefs.cgi?tab=settings#ui_experiments_row
[4] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1150541
[5]
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=bugzilla.mozilla.org&component=User%20Interface:%20Modal&format=__default__
[6] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1273046
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