Support Process

Weekly Rotation

The Velero maintainers use a weekly rotation to manage community support. Each week, a different maintainer is the point person for responding to incoming support issues via Slack, GitHub, and the Google group. The point person is not expected to be on-call 24x7. Instead, they choose one or more hour(s) per day to be available/responding to incoming issues. They will communicate to the community what that time slot will be each week.

Start of Week

We will update the public Slack channel’s topic to indicate that you are the point person for the week, and what hours you’ll be available.

During the Week

Where we will monitor

GitHub issue flow

Generally speaking, new GitHub issues will fall into one of several categories. We use the following process for each:

  1. Feature request
    • Label the issue with Enhancement/User or Enhancement/Dev
    • Leave the issue in the New Issues swimlane for triage by product mgmt
  2. Bug
    • Label the issue with Bug
    • Leave the issue in the New Issues swimlane for triage by product mgmt
  3. User question/problem that does not clearly fall into one of the previous categories
    • When you start investigating/responding, label the issue with Investigating
    • Add comments as you go, so both the user and future support people have as much context as possible
    • Use the Needs Info label to indicate an issue is waiting for information from the user. Remove/re-add the label as needed.
    • If you resolve the issue with the user, close it out
    • If the issue ends up being a feature request or a bug, update the title and follow the appropriate process for it
    • If the reporter becomes unresponsive after multiple pings, close out the issue due to inactivity and comment that the user can always reach out again as needed

End of Week

We ensure all GitHub issues worked on during the week on are labeled with Investigating and Needs Info (if appropriate), and have updated comments so the next person can pick them up.

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.