Introducing the Minecraft Bug Tracker!

Minecraft Bug Tracker

Mojang now has a proper Minecraft Bug Tracker for the community to use! Many of you guys have been asking us for a real bug tracker instead of using the Minecraft Wiki, so I was put on the task of working with Atlassian to make that happen using their fantastic issue tracker, JIRA.

Although this new Minecraft bug tracker will mostly be community organized and run, it will be the official location to report bugs in Minecraft that we’ll be keeping an eye on. Although we’re currently only accepting bug reports for Minecraft 1.4.1 pre-release, we’ll be using this new bug tracker for all future releases of Minecraft. If you’re already familiar with JIRA and want to get right into reporting a bug, go check out the new Minecraft Bug Tracker here!

Otherwise, we have a Help article containing helpful tips and an easy to follow guide on how to write a helpful Minecraft bug report here. Read on for the surprisingly awesome story of how our new Minecraft bug tracker came to be and our relationship with Atlassian developed.

The awesome story…

When we were looking for the perfect service to use for our Minecraft bug tracker, we had to focus on two things: it had to be powerful enough to actually be useful and it had to be relatively easy to use. If you have any experience with issue trackers, you’ll know that it is really difficult to find one that isn’t entirely developer focused and too complicated for non-tech savvy users to use. There are plenty options out there, but they’re either too powerful and complicated or too simple and watered down.

Enter Atlassian’s JIRA, their answer to issue trackers. Having used it extensively and successfully for the Bukkit project, I was fully aware of how powerful JIRA was. As such, it was a clear place for us to start evaluating the options we had and we quickly found out how flexible and customisable, as well as powerful, it was after some tinkering. With JIRA, we feel that we’re able to achieve the important balance we need that provides the community with the right tools to properly manage and report bugs, while continuing to be easy to use.

With that in mind, we sent an email to Atlassian, let them know of our plan to set up a proper Minecraft Bug Tracker and asked if they could help us out. To our surprise, they’re huge fans of Minecraft and immediately offered to help us out, providing us with a free JIRA license and whatever guidance we needed. In fact, they love Minecraft so much, they even used it to showcase their improved JIRA developer’s API for JIRA v5.0 in a cool video. So, it’s thanks to Atlassian for being awesome, supportive and lovers of Minecraft that we’re able to provide the community with a fantastic and powerful Minecraft bug tracker.

How to help out!

Want to know how to write helpful bug reports for us? Just follow this simple guide and you’ll be well on your way! If you’ve ever wanted to help us improve Minecraft, reporting bugs is a great way to do so.

If you want to go a step further, you can also help us out by testing reported bugs and letting us know if you’re able to reproduce them, as well as helping people put together great bug reports on the Minecraft forums so they’re ready to submit them to the bug tracker.

Happy bug hunting!


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MINECON Updates

Some important information if you’re a MINECON attendee…

So you wanna be FAMOUS?

Do you have something interesting you want to talk about at MINECON? Submissions for panelists are open now. We are looking for speakers on all kinds of topics like building, redstone, running a server, Minecrafting with your family, creating videos, basically anything! Submit your panel here: https://bit.ly/TlBvGG. You have until October 31st @ 11pm PST.

Epic Creative Build Contest

Do you dream of meeting the Mojang team? Here’s your chance. Enter the official MINECON build contest. There are only 1,000 spots available, so sign up quickly: https://bit.ly/OVHRQy. It’s an individual two week creative build contest. The top three builds will be showcased on stage at MINECON and the winners will get to meet the Mojangstas.

Register your Babies

Children under seven are free, but we need to get a head-count of how many will be attending. If you are bringing small children with you, please login to manage your ticket, then scroll down and add in the number of children under seven attending with you.

Schedule

MINECON will be open each day from 10-17 (10am-5pm). On Saturday night, the Walt Disney Studios party will start at 8. The Sunday night .party() details haven’t been released yet (don’t forget it is 18+ ONLY).

Get EXCITED

Some things that will make this year’s MINECON incredible:
~ All of you
~ Amazing panels about everything Minecraft you can imagine
~ A killer exhibit hall with hand picked exhibitors
~ An interactive area… nope… I’m not telling you ANYTHING else about this one
~ A private party at Walt Disney Studios. Ride ALL the rides with fellow Minecrafters – Too much awesome to describe

Badge pickup

Badges will be picked up on-site. You will get an email soon that gives you all the specifics of what you need to bring with you.

Emails

We’ll be sending out multiple emails over the next month to keep you updated on what’s happening! Also, the MINECON website will be getting an update soon!

See you soon!
Lydia (@lydiawinters)
Vu (@vubui)
& Tobias (@mollstam)


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Minecraft 1.4.1 Pre-release!

A day -1 patch! Lovely! No but seriously, there was a big issue causing mobs to suffocate and fall through wooden floors that we really needed to fix. The full list of fixes are…

  • Fixed mobs glitching through wooden floors
  • Fixed players glitching through Beacons
  • Fixed Redstone Repeaters getting stuck in ‘on’ state
  • Bats spawn less frequently
  • A number of minor font fixes
  • Activated the Wither painting
  • Fixed wet wolves looking way too scary
  • Tweaked naming costs in the Anvil
  • Tweaked enchantment points reward for smelting
  • Fixed bug that allowed any item to be placed in the armor slots
  • Fixed mob spawners spawning too quickly

Since we do these pre-releases mainly to prepare modders and server admins (and not to find and fix bugs), we’ve decided to push the release of 1.4(.1) one day to Thursday, October 25. Again, since I know this is a lot of text to read:

  • Release date: Thursday October 25

Download the pre-release here:

// The Minecraft Team


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Pretty Scary Update incoming… scare us silly!

The Pretty Scary update is almost here! It’ll arrive on Thursday if all goes to plan. I fear it.

Wither and his army of minions, scary zombies that infect you, scary bats, scary witches, and tougher AI will all be included. Then there’s beacons, carrots on sticks, controllable pigs, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin pie, anvils and – perhaps the scariest thing we’ve ever put in Minecraft – FLOWER POTS. Oh man. Expect bug fixes and tweaks aplenty.

As a celebration of the update, we thought we’d run a competition rooted in fear. The winner will get a foam pickaxe signed by every member of the team. That’s probably worth a significant amount of money on eBay, if you’re into that kind of thing (shame on you).

Read on for instructions on how to enter, if you dare.

  • Take a scary screenshot in Minecraft. It has to be a screenshot, not a piece of fan art.
  • Make it the the scariest screenshot you’ve ever taken. One influenced by fear, impending danger, pain, anxiety; that kind of thing. You can wait for tomorrow’s update if you like, or submit it right away if you already have something in mind.
  • Submit the screenshot to the Hej Mojang page before the end of October 30th, CEST.
  • Wait for us to judge the submitted screenshots.
  • Cross your fingers and hope you win!

That’s it! We look forward to seeing your entries. Have a nice day!

BOO!


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