What is a Papercut?
A Papercut is a tiny issue - usually UI or UX - that is never a high priority but causes lots of pain to users. It might be a small bug or a missing bit of UI. It might be issues we tend to always hear about from users but do not have direct implications on the actual functionality and thus never make it into the bug priority list. It might be things that we look at and think “Ergh is this still not fixed?” or “%^&* that is SO ANNOYING”. We might have been looking at it for years.
We want to start fixing some of these so that we start bringing real joy to our users. Particularly as we work on performance and tech debt - features that users cannot see but are high priority. Fixing Papercuts is designed to bring sparkles in a world that often has few.
Process Trial [Edited 05.11 v1.2]
- Everyone can contribute issues to the Papercuts list by adding an issue to the ‘Potential Papercuts’ column of the Papercuts project.
Before adding your Papercut please make sure it fits the following criteria:
- The issue must be clearly specified using the appropriate Github templates
- The issue must have a clear proposed solution.
- If you are not sure, add it anyway.
- @sauloperez @lin_d_hop and @Kirsten will meet to do a quick run through of all the Proposed Papercuts. A Papercut will be excluded off the list if:
- It is not XS - it will take more than 1/2 day to complete
- It is not obvious what the solution is - if we need to chat for more than 5 mins to decide on the solution
- It is not specified using one of the templates (making it hard to read and follow).
If a Papercut is accepted for voting we will move it to ‘Next Up Papercuts’
If a Papercut is rejected we will move to ‘Rejected Papercuts’
Rejected papercuts will generally have a comment that explains why. If you make the necessary changes (or ask someone to help you) then afterwards feel free to move back to Potential Papercuts column.
Every active* instance will be given the option to choose one Papercut from the list of Next Up Papercuts. These will be moved onto the Papercuts Backlog in Zenhub for the Devs to be able to choose from.
Choose a papercut by adding your instance label to the papercut issue (as we did for s3 bugs).
Each release one Papercut will be completed. The order in which this happens may well be random unless someone else suggests something better.
If we like this trial then we’ll do it again
This is an experiment. Please add your thoughts on what you like and don’t like below so that in the New Year we can improve the process.
Currently we have defined active* instances as: Australia, UK, France, Belgium, Katuma, Canada, US.
We have based this on who is contributing and who is trading.
If anyone thinks that their instance should also be on this list please say so. We can expand this list on the next iteration of this process.