Keeping open issues low
I got the number of open issues on WriteFreely down below 10 again today, after reaching its high of 13. After some time maintaining this project, I think keeping this number low is actually kind of important.
- We tell everyone that Github is only for reporting bugs, and that we're very responsive there. Keeping this number low backs this up.
- A low number of issues makes it easy for others to find bugs they might've encountered, as well.
- Keeping this number low signals that the project is active and moving forward.
For a #FOSS project like ours, with a strong vision / direction to follow and core developers pushing that forward, I'm finding this setup really works well for us. We gather input on our forum, turn that into long-term plans in Phabricator, and adjust to real world usage on the platform that's closest to it all, Github.