Officially adopt "Noteworthy" label into KDE policy

Julian / xyquadrat mail at
Fri Sep 18 09:05:47 BST 2020

Hi all,

A few months back I suggested on behalf of the Promo team the 
introduction of a new label for issues and merge requests (see for the thread).
The idea behind this "Noteworthy" label was to make it easier for Promo 
to keep up with all important new changes that are coming up in our 
software and reduce the possibility that something noteworthy gets 
Since then, the GitLab migration has been completed and such a label has 
actually been introduced (see[]=Noteworthy 
for an overview of Merge Requests tagged with "Noteworthy").

Given that the technical challenge is now solved, I'd like to propose to 
make this Noteworthy label official in the sense of adding it to the 
"Special keywords" section of Commit Policy (if there is a more 
appropriate place, please suggest it!) and encourage all contributors to 
start using it.

A few remarks:
- Of course all contributions are noteworthy and important. Promo does 
not want to discount the work that goes into small and unnoticeable fixes.
- If you are not sure whether a MR or issue should be "Noteworthy" or 
not, tag it with "Noteworthy" (-> be liberal with the label usage). 
Promo will then consider such edge cases in detail.
- Not all things tagged might make it into an official announcement. 
This is (usually) not due to us overlooking them, but because we have to 
carefully prioritize what we include. If you think something was left 
out that should definitely have been included, reach out to us on 
#kde-promo and we will be happy to discuss individual cases and solutions.

*Examples of noteworthy changes:*

  * User facing feature additions (e.g. /New useful effect added to
  * Big changes in UI (e.g. /a KCM is rewritten in QML and now looks
    distinctively different/)
  * Long-standing, annoying bugs (e.g. /Rework of the previously
    bug-ridden MTP implementation in KIO/)
  * Large technology shifts (e.g. /Port to Qt 6/)
  * Significant performance improvements (best paired with concrete
    numbers, but not necessary)

*Examples of changes not considered noteworthy: *

  * Small UX annoyances and fixes. Whilst those add up to something very
    important, the individual changes (e.g. "more consistent padding in
    dialogs") are not interesting to users.
  * Shifts in technology that do not affect the behavior of the product
    (e.g. /porting from library X version Y to library X version Y+1/)
  * Minor changes to tools and backends used in the development process

Feedback and criticism is much appreciated.

Cheers and have a nice day,
Julian / xyquadrat

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