Release cycle triage proposal

As you know, I am a pretty big fan of this idea. However, I am concerned that two meetings per cycle is not enough. In particular, when high-priority issues arise, I’d like to become aware of them much faster than that. I had originally thought of the purpose of this meeting as circulating awareness of issues that have arisen (since not everyone can watch the issue tracker all the time). For that purpose, weekly would be better.

Still, we can start with 2 and consider upping to more once we’ve tried it out for a bit.

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Yeah, this is a key question. I’d game to try IRC and see how it goes. It’s certainly the lowest common denominator. But I agree that voice can certainly be more efficient.

I’ve added a recurring event, every 3 weeks to the community calendar, starting on June 23. It’s set for 9 AM PST, which I think is 4 PM GMT. I sent invites to people I thought would be interested. If you need a reminder and want to be on the invite list just let me know and I’ll add you.

Right now it’s scheduled to take place solely on IRC, in #rust-triage. I’ll send out reminders before the first one.

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Open meetings are a great idea, and I hope to see more progress like this going forward. I’m definitely going to attend.

Note to self: the meeting is at Noon Eastern Time. Must remember to be awake at noon.


This might be useful (since 9AM PST is not always 4 PM GMT):

Reminder that this is happening tomorrow at the time indicated in @djc’s link above. I’ve put together an etherpad with an agenda: Because the agenda is so massive we’re probably not going to get through the whole thing, and because the format is new, I expect surprises. But let’s try to rip through it quickly to see how it goes and not get too worried about the details for this first time.

Thanks for everybody who came and helped today. It went smoothly for a first try.

Here’s a summary of changes we made:

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I wasn’t active in the discussion, but was watching from the sidelines. Awesome. So glad we’re doing this.

Reminder that this is happening again tomorrow. at 9 AM PST. See the calendar for the time in other timezones.

Thanks for coming today! It went really well. We’re down to only 7 P-high bugs and started plowing though P-medium. Uncovered lots of old issues to either close or nominate the teams to reconsider. A summary of actions taken follows.

Release triage minutes 2016-07-14




This is amazing. Nice work!

Reminder that this is happening again in 1 hour. Sorry for the late notice.

Here’s a summary of the actions taken in today’s meeting.



We’ve done this a few times now, so maybe a good time to review. I have thoughts on a few specific topics.

P-high - what’s it mean?

We are down to 3 P-high bugs!

This is awesome. We are ruthless at triage. It’s probably time to think again about what P-high means based on what we’ve learned, as well as how to make sure the right bugs are P-high.

My best guess is that P-high means ‘critical to fix right now’. As a corollary, that also means ‘somebody is assigned’. If we’re not willing to assign somebody thin it must not be critical.

P-high - how do we get more of them?

Is it really only 3 bugs that we think are important to fix right now? We’ve structured this to be great at demoting P-high bugs, but not uncovering new ones - most P-medium seem to stay P-medium. Should we incorporate triage of new bugs into this process? If so, it’s not clear when we’ll have the time, since there’s a steady stream of new bugs.


Similar to the last, we’re not doing anything in particular to uncover regressions and promote them to P-high. Just hoping that individuals are watching the incoming issues and tagging them right.


We still haven’t gotten through the backlog of P-medium bugs, and per the previous topics there’s still more useful triage we probably should be doing. Anybody interested in bumping the frequency from every 3 weeks to every 2 weeks?

cc @compiler_subteam, @lang_subteam, @sanxiyn @steveklabnik @alexcrichton @jntrnr reviewing the triage process

I try to periodically triage new bugs, making sure that they all have tags. At some point, I had every bug tagged, but then some of them didn’t fit into any tags, and five became thirty, and then I got demoralized. I still try to do it every so often.

I never tried to assign levels to things, but if that’s something we want to do, I can try to do it.

A good approach would be to identify bugs you think are important, then nominate them to specific teams to weigh in on.

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Hear, ye! Triage is happening again tomorrow. Same time, same place. See the OP for details.

As we discussed on IRC, I have sometimes considered four categories:

  • Fix it now.
  • Retriage regularly (say, every release).
  • Retriage periodically (as a background task).
  • Do not retriage unless requested to do so. Will get fixed when it gets fixed.

Currently, we don’t have the “retriage regularly category”, I don’t think. I would sort of like to use a milestone-per-release as the “fix it now” category; P-high for retriage regularly; P-medium for retriage periodically; and P-low for “do not retriage unless requested”.

The idea would be that after every release we focus on p-high bugs, than focus on p-medium bugs until the next release.

At some point we also discussed the idea of reviewing issues opened since the last triage meeting and so forth. But I think that would require more regular meetings.


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I agree with this direction, but want to point out that P-high are retriaged every three weeks, and we are cycling through P-medium as well, so they are retriaged regularly.

I will post a thread to irlo suggesting we create release milestones, and define them as ‘must fix right now’; and defining P-high as high-priority per team opinion; both retriaged every 2 weeks in this meeting.

Once complication with this use of release milestones is that the roadmap RFC may end up also using release milestones for estimated goal completion. This means it would have two purposes - critical bugs, and tracking non-critical but expected features. I’m not sure this distinction will matter much as long as we’re continually retriaging them.

I have bumped triage frequency to every 2 weeks.

Release triage minutes 2016-08-25