The Feature Requests Pipeline

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The Pipeline

  • Users add their requests for new features to the Feature Requests page. We ask them to follow some fairly detailed instructions in editing and voting for features so that we can keep them in some order. We also ourselves attempt to keep it reasonably organised and factor out the more detailed suggestions to Feature Planning pages of their own.
  • A small number of users create Use Cases which have groups of related features. These would make Audacity better suited to some specific application - such as wildlife recording. These are particularly helpful in motivating the addition of new features.
  • Developers create Projects pages for a feature they are, or that they plan to be, working on. Often these project progress pages are accompanied by background notes pages where comparison of options is done.
  • Developers write their feature with a conditional #define, so that it can be enabled in experimental versions.
  • After discussion some of the features under development are incorporated into the Roadmap and slated for a definite release number.

The GSoC Variation

  • In GSoC there are outline project proposals on the GSoC Ideas page. Students use these as a starting point for their own ideas.
  • The students' proposals and ideas get detailed comment and refinement via the Google GSoC app.
  • The students must maintain a project progress page during the GSoC period whereas this is optional for other developers.
  • Students write their feature with a conditional #define, so that it can be enabled in experimental versions.
  • Depending on maturity of the feature, after GSoC is complete, the feature is enabled in the next beta release after GSoC.