a GitHub App built with probot that asks in Github comments if you’re really sure something is trivial.
A lot of times we’ll write up an issue without really thinking it through:
We want X. Just do thing Y to get it, that should be really simple.
Make change Z, it should be trivial.
Do thing Foo, it’s super easy.
Doing those things (almost without fail) takes way, way more time than we think it will. Why? A couple reasons:
So this little robot tries to detect when you’ve said something “should be simple” and asks if that’s really the case. The default reply is:
Did you mean, “might be straightforward, but could have unforseen complexities that would completely change the prioritization of the issue, so we should let it go through the normal planning and estimation process”?
Detection is an ugly regex.
I think you can run this as a Github app here: https://github.com/apps/untrivializer but no guarantees that the backend will stay up. If you’d rather run it yourself (I don’t blame you) look below.
# Install dependencies npm install # Run the bot npm start