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This document explains how we handle issue triage and scheduling in the Go project's issue tracker.

Issue States

Any issue must be in one of the following five states. Project contributors move issues from one state to another by doing things. The intent behind these explicit states is to describe the (minimum) next steps required to bring the issue to resolution. Issues may move between states in any order, as dictated by the needs of the particular issue.


  • The issue has been filed.
  • May not be correctly formatted (title, etc).
  • To transition from this state, someone must clean up the issue report and optionally cc people who might best investigate or fix it.

Needs Investigation

  • Is correctly formatted (the title has a path prefix, and the body describes the issue).
  • Has the label NeedsInvestigation.
  • May have the label WaitingForInfo if the investigator is waiting for more information from someone (e.g., the issue reporter).
  • To transition from this state, someone must examine it and confirm that it is a valid issue and not a duplicate of an existing issue.

Needs Decision

  • The issue is real, but we're not sure what action to take. Feedback is required from experts, contributors, and/or the community before a fix can be made.
  • Note that the majority of issues will never transition to this state, as most of the time the decision is an obvious "Yes, this should be fixed."
  • Has the label NeedsDecision.
  • Has a milestone.
  • May have the label Blocked if forward progress cannot be made pending the resolution of another issue or the release of a future version of Go (an accompanying comment should explain the blockage).
  • May have the label WaitingForInfo.
  • To transition from this state, someone must decide how the issue is to be resolved.
  • If the decision is complicated, the issue may be given a Proposal label and the issue remains in this state until the proposal process is complete.

Needs Fix

  • The path to resolution is known, but the work has not been done.
  • Has the label NeedsFix.
  • Has a milestone.
  • May have the labels Blocked or WaitingForInfo.
  • To transition from this state, someone must do the work to fix the issue.


  • The issue is resolved. No further attention is required.
  • Is closed.

Issues move from one state to another where appropriate. For example, a contributor may file an issue, assign it to themselves, and immediately apply the NeedsFix label. Or, an issue may go from NeedsDecision to NeedsFix, only to later move back to NeedsDecision as complexities arise.

An issue may be closed at any time, with a comment to indicate the reason for closure ("fixed by …", "duplicate of …", "working as intended", etc).

At any state (except New) the issue may be assigned to someone. Unassigned issues are considered available for anyone to address.


Milestones describe the timeline for issue resolution.

  • Go1.x.yEarly

    Must be fixed first for release 1.x.y, either because the issue is complicated and the fix needs time to bake, or because the issue is high priority.

  • Go1.x.y

    Must be fixed for release 1.x.y.

  • Go1.x.yMaybe

    Might be fixed for release 1.x.y.

  • Proposal

    Is a proposal and does not pertain to a specific release.

  • Soon

    Should be fixed soon, but is not included in or needed by a release.

  • Unplanned

    Might be fixed at some point, but nobody is planning to do it.

  • Unreleased

    Is not included in or needed by a release.

  • Go2

    Deferred until Go 2.

Additional milestones may be used to manage specific project work.