Paper cut bug

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In usability and interaction design, a paper cut bug is defined as "a trivially fixable usability bug".[1]

The developers of the Ubuntu Linux-based operating system describe it as a bug that average users would encounter on their first day using a brand new installation of the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop Edition.[2] The analogy is with a paper cut; small, not seriously damaging, but surprisingly painful. The use of the term has since spread to other software projects.[3]

History[edit]

The first "paper cut" campaign was in June 2009, and each such release has been accompanied by a paper cut project. Initially the project was intended to have Ubuntu developers and users identify and fix one hundred minor bugs that negatively impact the Ubuntu user experience and complete the work to be included in the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. The intention was that each of these bugs would require no more than a day's work for a competent programmer.[4][5]

The first ten of the original paper cuts were:

  1. Dim files when you 'cut' them for later 'paste' action[6]
  2. "Move to Trash" option misleading[7]
  3. Ambiguous wording in confirmation alert box[8]
  4. "Eject/Unmount" Human theme icon in Nautilus should have hover and click states[9]
  5. Default folders inside Home Folder (e.g. Documents, Music) should have special icons/emblems[10]
  6. Update manager should warn about laptop running on battery when installing big updates[11]
  7. Consistent Volume "Safe to remove" notifications[12]
  8. 'Create Document' sub-menu superfluous when no templates are installed[13]
  9. Nautilus doesn't assign custom icon to "Downloads" folder[14]
  10. Wifi auto-connection asks for keyring password[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The One Hundred Paper Cuts Project". Ubuntu.com. 2011-05-11. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  2. ^ One Hundred Papercuts
  3. ^ "Paper Cuts & Firefox 4 — Alex Limi". Limi.net. 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  4. ^ Paul, Ryan (June 2009). "Canonical to boost Ubuntu usability by tackling "papercuts"". Ars Terchnica. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  5. ^ PaperCut Archived 10 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Dim files when you 'cut' them for later 'paste' action
  7. ^ "Move to Trash" option misleading
  8. ^ Ambiguous wording in confirmation alert box
  9. ^ Eject/Unmount icon in Nautilus sidebar should have hover and click states
  10. ^ Default folders inside Home Folder (e.g. Documents, Music) should have special icons/emblems
  11. ^ update manager should warn about laptop running on battery when installing big updates
  12. ^ Consistent Volume "Safe to remove" notifications
  13. ^ 'Create Document' sub-menu superfluous when no templates are installed
  14. ^ nautilus doesn't assign custom icon to "Downloads" folder
  15. ^ Wifi auto-connection asks for keyring password