Just noting that Michael and I had a chat about people no longer providing replication steps.
Michael said he voted for keeping testing instructions in the create issue form, as people were incorrectly using it for replication steps, which was then easy to copy over.
It seems a lot of new people have been reporting issues, which is good, but if Michael has to comment asking for replication steps and half of the time people don't respond, then it's not very productive.
Unfortunately people don't notice/ignore the text about the description field (currently 'Please include: FULL STEPS that developers should take to reproduce the problem, as well as information about WHAT YOU EXPECTED and WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS for you.') and Jira doesn't allow for the text to be positioned above the description field, or for the description field to be renamed.
My thinking is that reporting issues is one area in which the community can really help a lot, so we should encourage is as much as possible, and keep the create issue form simple and inviting. I thought perhaps we could run a publicity campaign encouraging people to report issues in the tracker and stressing the need for steps to reproduce. It could be that not providing replication steps is just a temporary problem due to lots of new people starting to report issues, and further guidance will result in people remembering to include them in future.