Development focus isn't explained usefully

Bug #274493 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2008-09-25
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Launchpad itself

Bug Description

The form control for specifying which series is a project's development focus has the label "Development focus", and the caption "The 'trunk' series where development is focused".

That's not a useful explanation. If it really is "the 'trunk' series", why does Launchpad let you set it to a series other than "trunk"? And why does Launchpad need to know in the first place?

It turns out that changing the development focus (a) changes what "bzr branch lp:project-name" does, and (b) makes a bug report say "Tracked in <name of development series>" for the project-in-general if the bug is recorded as occurring in the development focus series in particular. (Thanks to Paul Hummer and Graham Binns for these explanations.)

The caption should be reworded to explain what the development focus actually does.

Related branches

description: updated
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

This can be addressed in the work to unify series, milestones, and releases.

Changed in launchpad-registry:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

We want to update the <project>/+edit and <series>/+setbranch to explain this. In the case of +setbranch the explanation does not need to be shown when the series is not the focus of development.

Changed in launchpad-registry:
milestone: none → series-10.05
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2010-05-24
Changed in launchpad-registry:
milestone: series-future → 10.05
assignee: nobody → Curtis Hovey (sinzui)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2010-05-24
tags: added: trivial
Changed in launchpad-registry:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: qa-needstesting
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2010-05-27
tags: added: qa-ok
removed: qa-needstesting
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2010-06-02
Changed in launchpad-registry:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2017-05-15
Changed in launchpad:
assignee: Curtis Hovey (sinzui) → nobody
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