Trac Updates

It can be cumbersome to navigate, intimidating to learn, and difficult to master. We know Trac isn’t always the most user friendly tool, but we love it anyways because it works really well for managing the type of project bbPress is and the workflow we use.

These issues are exacerbated when Trac is out of date, or has not been “gardened”, which usually refers to general pruning, tidying, and making sure there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

Over the past year we’ve focused on improving the software and the build tools, and (other than software updates to keep up with WordPress’s Trac) haven’t revisited our Components, Milestones, or Resolutions in a long while.

This afternoon I made some rearrangements I think will help us stay better organized and on-target, outlined below:

  • Added the “Under Consideration” milestone, for issues that the core team has reviewed but hasn’t decided on exactly where it belongs yet. This is good for keeping Awaiting Review empty, and getting feedback to ticket authors sooner.
  • Components are now namespaced by what exactly they are intended to be. This should help tickets get categorized sooner, and help the core team better assess what areas need what improvements.
  • Several components were renamed to more appropriately reflect our intentions for them.
  • Added the “regression” ticket type, to help draw attention to issues that should be tested more quickly and prioritized higher.
  • Add “idea” ticket type, to help promote brainstorming and planning on Trac vs. Slack or the Forums.

Like most things, all of these changes are open to criticism and scrutinization. If it turns out they hurt more than they help, we can try something else. These changes are inspired by years of interacting with Trac and witnessing repeated workflow hang-ups.

We aren’t exactly agile; sometimes members of the core team don’t intersect on issues for a few days, and tickets go unloved for weeks or months. I think we do great in the face of this, and hope our slightly modified arrangement feels like a natural progression of our growing team and project.