Marc, yes Jira tickets are used to register changes. However, what Rohit and others (including me) are noticing is that there are certain types of changes (minor/bureaucracy) that do not require Jira tickets. The issue is the wording “change”. What consist of a change that is worth mentioning in the release notes? Everything we do in a branch is a change towards a release, but not everything is useful for operators/administrators to see.
I would say that to fix bugs, introduce new features, extend existing features, introduce a major change in the code such as that standard maven thing that you did, they all required Jira tickets to track the discussion and facilitate the management. On the other side of the spectrum, we have things such as removing dead/unused code, opening a new version (creating the upgrade path that we still use for the DB), fix a description in an API method, and so on. Moreover, the excessive use of Jira tickets leads to hundreds of Jira tickets that we do not know that status of. We have quite a big number of tickets opened that could be closed. This has been worse; we are improving as time goes by. I would say that to make this more transparent to others (especially newcomers), we need to discuss it, then write it down to make it transparent the way we are working. On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 6:59 AM, Marc-Aurèle Brothier <ma...@exoscale.ch> wrote: > That's a good idea, because people are more and more used to only create PR > on github, and it would be helpful to be more explanatory on the way we > work to push changes. I still think we should encourage the use of the > github milestone as Rohit did with the 4.11.0 ( > https://github.com/apache/cloudstack/milestone/3?closed=1) to list the > changes in the release notes with the help of the labels to tag the PRs > instead of relying on the jira ticket (it requires to have another login). > > As far as I can remember, the JIRA tickets are used to list the changes of > a release, but nothing else. Or am I missing something? > > Marc-Aurèle > > On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 9:57 AM, Rohit Yadav <rohit.ya...@shapeblue.com> > wrote: > > > All, > > > > > > To make it easier for people to contribute changes and encourage > > PR/contributions, should we relax the requirement of a JIRA ticket for > pull > > requests that solve trivial/minor issues such as doc bugs, build fixes > etc? > > A JIRA ticket may still be necessary for new features and non-trivial > > bugfixes or changes. > > > > > > Another alternative could be to introduce a CONTRIBUTING.md  that > > explains the list of expected things to contributors when they send a PR > > (for example, a jira id, links to fs or other resources, a short summary > > and long description, test results etc). > > > > > > Thoughts? > > > > > >  https://help.github.com/articles/setting-guidelines- > > for-repository-contributors/ > > > > > > - Rohit > > > > <https://cloudstack.apache.org> > > > > > > > > rohit.ya...@shapeblue.com > > www.shapeblue.com > > 53 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HSUK > > @shapeblue > > > > > > > > > -- Rafael Weingärtner