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Bug reports and feature requests relating to the MediaWiki software which powers Wikipedia should be filed on Wikimedia's Bugzilla. Bugzilla is a bug reporting tool and organization system used by many software projects.

Bugs that are not directly related to the MediaWiki software should be discussed at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical). When in doubt, discuss issues at the Village pump before filing a bug on Wikimedia's Bugzilla.

Wikimedia's Bugzilla was launched in August 2004 to replace the old MediaWiki bug tracker at SourceForge.

Reporting a bug[edit]

See also "How to report a bug" on MediaWiki.

You've got a bug, and you're itching to report it. The first thing you should do is search for an existing bug. Someone may have already reported the bug. Searching first helps to prevent duplicates. To be effective, try multiple synonyms and rephrasings of what the bug might have been called.

Create account[edit]

The next step is to create an account, as accounts on Wikipedia do not carry over into Bugzilla. You can put any name or alias in the name field. It does not have to be your real name. Log in using the password you receive in the confirmation e-mail (which can be changed in your preferences once you have logged in). When logging in enter your email address in the login spot.

Hiding your email address[edit]

Please note that (unlike on Wikimedia projects) your email address will be visible on threads you participate in, and on thread CC lists you have added yourself to. It is visible to everyone who is logged in. It is not visible to people who are not logged in. Your email address can not be hidden from logged-in readers. It is possible to create an additional web-based e-mail address, and then set it to forward email to your main email address. This prevents exposure of your real name or your main email address. Google Mail (Gmail) allows free email forwarding. One can automatically forward email from one Gmail account to another Gmail account, or to any email account. You can change your email address or name at any time on Bugzilla. They are then changed in all bug threads you participated in. So if you decide later on to hide your main email address or name you can still do so. You can change your name on either or both of the Google email accounts also if you want to.

Details[edit]

Enter your bug! Select the product (usually MediaWiki), and you're ready to go.

To understand what the fields mean and how to write a useful bug report it is recommended to read mw:How to report a bug.

Updates on your bug[edit]

You will be emailed with updates on the status of your bug. Sometimes developers may reject, or misunderstand a bug report or feature request and close a report that you think is still valid. If you believe there's still an issue, you can reopen it and try to make a better explanation, or you can take it to the mailing list. If you do not want to get updates on your bug, you can state this in your email preferences.

Finding bugs you have commented on, or joined the CC list for[edit]

Go to advanced search. There is no need to type in any search terms at the top. Go to the section "Search By People". Type in your name or email address. A second or two after you type in the name you use on Bugzilla it will show up in the dropdown menu below your typing, along with your email address. Click on it and it will switch to your email address. The search is actually done using your email address. Don't forget to choose a product at the top, or it will search the one already selected, which may not be the one you want. There is no way to search all the products at once. Also, before searching, choose "---" from the resolution list at the top if you want to search all the bugs in that product no matter their resolution status.

Voting[edit]

See "Voting" at Wikimedia's bugzilla.

Voting is a mechanism that allows you to show which bugs you care about. You can vote for a bug by clicking "Vote for this bug" towards the bottom of the page. You can change your mind later and remove your vote by going to the my votes page.

Note that developers are not obligated to implement a request just because it has a large number of votes.

Etiquette[edit]

See "Bugzilla Etiquette" at Mozilla's bugzilla.

Bugzilla is a place to notify developers of bugs and contribute information that would be useful in the fixing of the bugs. It is not a place for advocacy viz. "I REALLY WANT THIS BUG FIXED!" With that in mind, please keep the following rules in mind when using Bugzilla:

  • Contribute useful comments; useless comments (i.e. advocacy) decrease the signal to noise ratio
  • The developers are under no obligation to fix your bug or add a feature you want.
  • No personal abuse: do not make threats like "I will not edit Wikipedia until this bug is fixed"
  • Don't mess around with fields unless you are the bug's assignee or you know what you are doing, instead, comment on the suggested change
  • Don't whine about WONTFIX decisions
  • Applicability varies, but when in doubt, follow the rules

If you see someone not following these rules, politely mention it to them via private email: do not bugspam some more by chastising the user for their conduct publicly.

Linking to bugs from Wikipedia[edit]

You can link to bugs using the bugzilla: interwiki prefix. For example, type [[bugzilla:1000]] for bugzilla:1000.

The mediazilla: prefix can be used for linking to any static page in Wikimedia's Bugzilla. For example, type [[mediazilla:index.cgi]] for mediazilla:index.cgi.

Also, note that [[bug:1000]] links to the Buginese Wikipedia, not to Bugzilla.

Links from within Bugzilla[edit]

Note: The extension that implements this is found here. Bugzilla still needs a "preview" mode. Feel free to work on it.

Strings which get linkified in the obvious manner are listed just below. No brackets are needed. The links show up when the comment is saved.

bug 12345
comment 7
bug 23456, comment 53
attachment 4321
mailto:george@example.com
george@example.com
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org

The above list is from Hints and Tips. From The Bugzilla Guide. Go there for the latest version.

Gerrit changes are linked just by writing "change" followed by the Gerrit number. For example;
change I87940ca8 would produce change I87940ca8

See examples of most things below in this Bugzilla test thread: Bugzilla:39828.

Full URLs are automatically made into working links. Brackets are not needed.

Standard bracketed MediaWiki-style internal links are partially supported. By default they point to English Wikipedia. Longer MediaWiki-style links need to be on their own line; otherwise they're split over two lines and they won't be linkified.

Interwiki links such as language prefixes, and other interwiki links, are supported. See Help:Interwikimedia links for detailed info. For example; [[:de:Sandbox]] links to de:Sandbox (the German Wikipedia sandbox page), as does [[de:Sandbox]]. In Bugzilla interwiki links work with or without colons in front of them. [[mw:Extension:DPLforum]] links to the DPLforum extension on the MediaWiki website. [[wikivoyage:Main Page]] links to the Wikivoyage home page.

Some interwiki links outside Wikimedia projects also work. These interwiki links all work in Bugzilla threads:

Wikitravel: [[wikitravel:Main Page]] = wikitravel:Main Page
Wikihow: [[wikihow:Main Page]] = wikihow:Main Page

Wikia:

Note that Wikia interwiki links also require the individual wiki prefix such as "community" for the Community wiki, or "cannabis" for the cannabis wiki.

Interwiki prefixes can be combined. [[wikt:de:Main Page]] links to the German Wiktionary main page, as does [[:wikt:de:Main Page]]. See examples and more info here.

Using a piped link to get a different link name does not work.

  • [[:de:Sandbox|German Wikipedia sandbox]] - does not create a link.

Standard MediaWiki-style section links do not work. For example; this standard section link ends up being a link to the top of the page, and not to the section:

  • [[Wikipedia:Bug reports and feature requests#Links from within Bugzilla]]

There is a way to make working section links in Bugzilla without having to use the full URL. Copy the URL from the location bar of your browser, and add brackets around part of it. This works:

  • [[Wikipedia:Bug_reports_and_feature_requests#Links_from_within_Bugzilla]]

It seems that once the pound key (#) is found in the link wikitext, then spaces that follow will break the link to the section or tab. So remove all the spaces by copying from the location bar of your browser. Anything else works inconsistently, including spaces in the first part, and no spaces in the second part. Linking to a Special:Preferences tab works due to the lack of spaces in the link wikitext:

Apostrophes do not work in bracketed links:

  • [[meta:Don't delete redirects]]
  • This works instead: [[meta:Don%27t delete redirects]]

Or when there are apostrophes just use full URLs without brackets. Either one of these full URLs work in Bugzilla comments:

See also:

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