[openstack-dev] [all] [tc] A way for Operators/Users to submit feature requests

Maish Saidel-Keesing maishsk at maishsk.com
Thu May 14 19:48:49 UTC 2015

I just saw an email on the Operators list [1] that I think would allow a 
much simpler process for the non-developer community to submit a feature 
request. I understand that this was raised once upon a time [2] - at 
least in part a while back.

Rally have have the option to submit a feature request (a.k.a. backlog) 
- which I think is straight forward and simple.

I think this will be a good way for those who are not familiar with the 
way a spec should be written, and honestly would not know how to write 
such a spec for any of the projects, but have identified a missing 
feature or a need for an improvement in one of the Projects.

They only need to specify 3 small things (a sentence / two for each)
1. Use Case
2. Problem description
3. Possible solution

I am not saying that each feature request should be implemented - or 
that each possible solution is the best and only way to solve the 
problem. That should be up to each and every project how this will be 
(or even if it should be) implemented. How important it will be for them 
to implement this feature and what priority this should receive. A 
developer then picks up the request and turns it into a proper blueprint 
with proper actionable items.

Of course this has to be valid feature request, and not just someone 
looking for support - how exactly this should be vetted, I have not 
thought this through till the end. But I was looking to hear some 
feedback on the idea of making this a way for all of the OpenStack 
projects to allow them to collect actual feedback in a simple way.

Your thoughts and feedback would be appreciated.


Best Regards,
Maish Saidel-Keesing

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