Ordering of milestones within a series seems random

Bug #405086 reported by Māris Fogels on 2009-07-27
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Launchpad itself
Low
Edwin Grubbs

Bug Description

See:
https://launchpad.net/daisyextension

The milestones are not sorted by date, and I don't really understand what they are sorted by.

Māris Fogels (mars) on 2009-07-27
tags: added: confusing-ui
Ursula Junque (ursinha) on 2009-07-29
affects: launchpad → launchpad-registry
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

They are ordered by name. The name of series and milestones (and the version of a release) are sorted using the sorted-dotted-number rules use by debian.

The reason we do not use date is that not every milestone has a date expected, many are not timeboxed. Since the milestone name is the release version, and releases are numbered in sequences, we use the milestone name to sort.

Changed in launchpad-registry:
status: New → Incomplete
Reuben Firmin (reubenf) wrote :

Actually they weren't ordered by name either. Before I got a couple deleted for me, the arrangement was something like:

rc3, rc2, 1.0rc1, rc1, 1.0rc6, rc5, rc4

Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

What page was this ordering on? In a table? In the timeline?

Reuben Firmin (reubenf) wrote :

In the graphical timeline on the front page.

Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

Edwin. Can you look into this. What is the nature of the problem and what is the effort need to fix. Marting is think about doing another round of timeline changes before 3.0 and we may want to try to fix this.

Changed in launchpad-registry:
assignee: nobody → Edwin Grubbs (edwin-grubbs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Edwin Grubbs (edwin-grubbs) wrote :

The weird ordering was probably due to some of the milestones having expected dates and some not. If the date isn't set, it is treated as if it is far in the future; therefore, the ones with dates will be on the left, and the ones without dates will be sorted by name on the right.

Edwin Grubbs (edwin-grubbs) wrote :

I see that the daisyextension project's milestones are sorted correctly, and I assume there was just confusion about how a milestone is sorted when no date is set, so I am closing this bug.

Changed in launchpad-registry:
status: Triaged → Invalid
Rockwalrus (rockwalrus) wrote :

Name ordering isn't always useful. Should I open a new ticket for the possibility of being able to order milestones without having to make up completion dates for them, or will this ticket suffice?

For instance, in Eclipse, I know I had to get RCP working before I could get the platform to work, and I have to get the platform to work before I can get JDT to work.

Edwin Grubbs (edwin-grubbs) wrote :

Rockwalrus, please open up a new bug for your specific needs regarding milestone ordering.

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