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Poi: A friendly issue tracker

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Poi: A friendly issue tracker

by Martin Aspeli <>
Released under the GNU General Public License, version 2

Poi is an issue tracker product for Plone. It has three overarching aims:

- Work with, not against Plone.

- Be simple and attractive whilst providing the most commonly needed issue
tracking functionality.

- Optionally integrate with the PloneSoftwareCenter to allow
individual products to have their own issue trackers

Poi is not and will not be a track-anything-and-everything tracker, a help desk
product or anything else. If Poi is too simple for your needs, you may want to
look at something like PloneCollectorNG.

Feedback is very welcome.

Please submit any bugs or feature requests to at:

(Yes, this is a Poi tracker). Please do search the tracker first, so we can
avoid unnecessary duplicates.

See for the latest release and the development

Using HTML/kupu and other markups for issue text:

**Please see notes about migration below!**

Before version 1.0b2 Poi used to support kupu/rich text fields with HTML in the
issue and response body. This was removed in favour of "intelligenttext", a
plain-text markup that preserves whitespace and makes links clickable.

This was found to work very well on and for the type of simple
trackers that Poi was intended for. However, a lot of users wanted kupu back.

To get kupu back, you will need to edit Poi/

ISSUE_MIME_TYPES = ('text/x-web-intelligent', 'text/html')

You may also need to re-install Poi, and perform an Archetypes schema update,
by going to archetypes_tool, and the Schema Update tab in the ZMI.

Please note two **very important** things:

- If you upgrade Poi, you're likely to have to make this change again!

- If you have issue text fields, and you have contentmigration installed, and
text/html is not in the list of available MIME types above, then a migration
will be run which will turn all your HTML fields into plain text! If this
happens to you by accident - don't complain, you should've had a backup :)

Installation and dependencies

Poi requires:

- Plone:
2.5+ on Zope 2.9
3.0+ on Zope 2.10
- DataGridField (*)
- AddRemoveWidget

- intelligenttext (but this is installed by default in Plone 3)
Note: when going from Plone 2.5 to 3.0, please first uninstall
intelligenttext, then create a new instance with Plone 3. Then
run the portal_migration, which will install the new
plone.intelligenttext library for you.

- For migration from versions before 1.0b2, contentmigration is required.

- For PloneSoftwareCenter integration, PloneSoftwareCenter is
required. See
Tested on Plone 2.5 with: PloneSoftwareCenter-1.0-RC.tgz
Tested on Plone 3.0 with: PloneSoftwareCenter-1.5-alpha1.tar.gz

(*) NOTE: Before version 1.0 beta 2, ArchAddOn was required instead of
DataGridField. Also note that PloneSoftwareCenter does required

For new installations, install using Add/Remove Products as normal. If you want
PloneSoftwareCenter configuration to be automatically configured, install PSC


If you had a version prior to 1.0 beta 2 installed, you must run
migrations. This is automatic, but you need to install the
'contentmigration' product. This can be found at

It is also bundled with the release tarball. Simply drop the
'contentmigration' product into your Products/ folder and re-install
Poi from the Add/Remove Products control panel or
portal_quickinstaller in the ZMI.

After any upgrade (and after you have run migrations!), run an
Archetypes schema update, by going to 'archetype_tool' in the ZMI,
selecting the 'Update Schema' tab, selecting all the 'Poi.*' types,
and clicking 'Update schema'. It's probably a good idea to choose 'All
objects' from the drop-down as well, although this will take slightly

If you get errors about things being 'Missing', try to update your catalog,
by going to portal_catalog in the ZMI, clicking the Advanced tab, and then
the 'Update catalog' button.

If you do not have any old Poi trackers around, you do not need to run


Add a Tracker, and use the "state" menu to open it for submissions.

The tracker front pages allows you to browse for issues by release,
state or area, as well as search for issues. Note that if you are not
tracking software releases, you can leave the list of "releases"
empty, and organisation by release will be turned off. The fields for
areas and issue types come pre-configured with simple values that
presume you are tracking software bugs. You can change these to
whatever you want.

Once you have set up the tracker, add Issues inside, and Responses
inside Issues. Anyone can add responses to issues with the default
workflow. Responses from tracker managers (as configured on the root
tracker object) and the original submitter are colour coded to make
them easier to pick out. When adding a response as a tracker manager,
you can change the state, importance or assignment of an issue.

If email notification is enabled in the root tracker object, managers
will get an email when there are new issues and responses, optionally
via a mailing list. Issue submittes will also get emails upon issue
responses. Additionally, when an issue is marked as "resolved" by a
tracker manager, the submitter will receive an email asking him or her
to mark the issue as confirmed closed.

To use with the PloneSoftwareCenter, install PSC and *then* install
Poi. This will ensure PoiPscTracker is added to the list of allowed
content types in portal_types/PSCProject. You can then add Trackers
inside a project in the software center. The trackers will function in
the same way as regular trackers, but will use releases from the
software center project instead of a manually defined list.


If you have contributed to Poi in some fashion, be sure to add
yourself in the hall of fame here!

o Design and development by Martin Aspeli <>

o Bug fixes and general critiquing by Rocky Burt <>

o Icons by Vidar Andersen, Black Tar, originally created for CMFCollector.

o Log-view for Poi trackers by Malthe Borch

o Link detection, additions to the search interface and other fixes
by Daniel Nouri.

o Plone 3 support by Alexander Limi and Maurits van Rees.

o Bug fixes by Maurits van Rees

Changelog for Poi

(name of developer listed in brackets)

Poi 1.1 - Released December 27, 2007

Poi 1.1 rc 4 - Released December 22, 2007

- Fix "TypeError: can't pickle code objects" when updating the
schema of PoiTrackers by using the new 'isDataGridFilled'

- Added more Norwegian translations.
[Espen Moe-Nilssen]

Poi 1.1 rc 3 - Released December 14, 2007

- Fix Inconsistent linking to other issues and changesets:
Links in the steps field of an issue are now also detected.
Allow more links to be detected:
- issues: #1, issue:1, ticket:1, bug:1.
- changesets/revisions: r1, changeset:1, [1].
Add lots of tests for the link detection in a tracker.
[Per Erik Strandberg, maurits]

Poi 1.1 rc 2 - Released December 5, 2007

- Add our indexes to the catalog with some code in
Doing it there instead of in profiles/default/catalog.xml like
previously means we do not need to reindex those indexes after
every reinstall.

Poi 1.1 rc 1 - Released December 4, 2007

- Use email_from name of portal in the emails.

- Fixed error in deleting response to an issue.

- Added partial Norwegian translation.
[Espen Moe-Nilssen]

- Fix i18n of email sending:
- Improve sending of emails with non-ascii character sets (mostly
accented characters).
- Use portal property email_charset for email sending if available.
- Mime encode the subject of emails.
[maurits, Stefano Deponti]

- Register our skin layer for all skins instead of just for Plone

Poi 1.1 beta 1 - Released Movember 19, 2007

- This release introduces Plone 3.0 compatibility while keeping
compatibility with Plone 2.5.
[Alexander Limi and Maurits van Rees]

- Link detection. Trackers now have an svnUrl field. For
example, if your product is hosted in the Plone collective you
can set this field to
````. Then you
can type 'r42' in an issue/response (any intelligenttext field)
and get a link to that changeset.
[Daniel Nouri]

- Advanced issue search form now has a way to search for issues
that match *all* tags, not only any, which helps when you're
working a lot with tags.
[Daniel Nouri]

- Added a log-view for Poi trackers. This view renders a report on
the most recent additions to the tracker; as such it will be
similar to what is sent out as e-mail notifications.
[Malthe Borch]

- Cleanup of translations.
[Maurits van Rees]

- Loads of small bug fixes.
[Maurits van Rees and others]

Poi 1.0 - (never officially released)

- initial version.
[optilude, rocky, panjunyong, others]

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