Using GitHub labels

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This document describes approach to labeling GitHub issues here repositories status-react and status-go.

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Issue types

  • bug - label for bug reports
  • epic - epic issues that help to group the issues related to a high-level feature or requirement
  • test - issues related to creating or updating the code tests
  • story - user stories describe particular features of flows


  • high-prioritymedium-prioritylow-priority - help to prioritize issues and focus on the top priority first


  • beginner - the issue that can be resolved by the new comer developers and does not require total understanding of the existing codebase and dependencies.
  • advanced - the issue requires expert level of understanding the existing code and its dependencies, may involve some research, and the teamwork.
  • intermediate - something in between the beginner and advanced :)


  • ios - iOS specific issues
  • android - Android specific issues


  • wontfix - issues that the team has considered and not going to fix in the near future
  • design - issues that require approved design before starting the implementation
  • The design label can be extended to design-tododesign-in-progress (or design-wip?) and design-approved to help tracking the design progress and plan the implementation and testing
  • bounty - tbd
  • blocked - the issue is known as blocked by the other issue(s), not necessarily explicitly linked, so it’s recommended to checkout the comments that should spotlight the problem
  • blocker - the issue is known as blocker for the other issue(s), not necessarily explicitly linked, so it’s recommended to checkout the comments that should spotlight the problem
  • workflow - the issue is related to the process or workflow that is used by the team internally and it’s neither a product feature nor bug in the app, e.g. a release process improvement
  • devops - the issue is related to the development operations that is used by the team to maintain the product or process, e.g. a Jenkins job creation


In addition to bug and test labels described above there are some more related to testing:

  • help to reproduce - the issue has sporadic nature and there’s a need to involve community for helping reproduce the bug
  • help needed - needed community efforts to help understand or verify the issue

Combining labels

Labels can be combined for better classification of the issues, e.g.:

  • bug high-priority android - would clearly classify a high priority bug that is specific to Android platform
  • epic high-priority - the epic issue for the high priority feature that is critical to implement as soon as possible
  • advanced ios - iOS specific feature that requires team efforts and research for finding solution