Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm working designing a fix for a paper cut, and I'd like to get someone to approve it before I try to implement it. How should I go about doing this?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The process you follow for getting design approval depends on what app your working on.

Ubuntu/Canonical apps

These are apps that are originally build and distributed in Ubuntu. These include, but are not limited to, Ubuntu Software Centre, Ubuntu One Control Panel, and Unity.

To request design input on a paper cut in one of these, you should follow these steps:

  • Make sure the bug report has a paper cut task open on it. See here for details on how to go about this.
  • Make sure you have proposed a design fix in the comments of the report since it's a little rude to not do some sort of work before asking others to get involved.
  • Assign the paper cut task to Nick Tait, a project manager on the Design Team at Canonical. Click on the exclamation mark in the 'Assigned to' field on the paper cuts task. If it's already assigned to the Paper Cuts Ninjas, then unassign them first.

enter image description here

  • The assignee you want is jnick-tait

enter image description here

  • The paper cut is now assigned to Nick Tait.

enter image description here

You have just requested design input on a Canonical app.

Gnome apps

These are the apps that are developed upstream by the Gnome project, and include, but are not limited to, Nautilus, Rhythmbox and Gedit.

Gnome apps each have an individual maintainer who is contactable via the development mailing list for that app. The full list of Gnome mailing lists can be found here. Use your browser's search feature to find the app your looking for since there's a lot of lists there.

Send a message to the list, mentioning that your part of the One Hundred Paper Cuts project and are looking for input from the developers on a design fix. Make sure you've come up with an idea yourself before approaching the developers since you're the one working on the bug and it's a bit rude to go to them unprepared.

share|improve this answer
This needs revising. The new consensus is to NEVER assign a bug to someone unless (1) you assign it to yourself, or (2) someone said to assign the bug to them because they can't assign themselves at the time. – Thomas Ward Jan 27 '14 at 17:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.