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Disable the github issue tracker. Use pull requests instead?

Posted in Opensource by rip747 on January 7, 2013

Why is it that github even has an issue tracker? Doesn’t it make more sense to have bug reports and enhancement requests submitted through pull requests?

Think about it for a moment:

How many times has someone filed a bug report giving you little or unclear information. Now you have to waste your time trying to contact the person to get more specific information. This could have been totally avoided if the person would have written a failing test demonstrating the bug in the first place.

How many enhancement requests have you’ve gotten that, though seemed like a good idea, required an enormous amount of effort or was something that a single person needed. Why didn’t the requester take the time to code the enhancement so as to not consume the time of the project author(s)?

As an experiment I’m going to do this with the new project I’ve started. I’m hoping that by removing the issue tracker it will encourage more people to step out of their comfort zone and participate.

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