RFCs for changes to Grunt
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Grunt RFCs

Inspired by the Ember.js RFC process and Rust RFC process.

Many changes, including bug fixes and documentation improvements can be implemented and reviewed via the normal GitHub pull request workflow.

Some changes though are "substantial", and we ask that these be put through a bit of a design process and produce a consensus among the Grunt core team.

The "RFC" (request for comments) process is intended to provide a consistent and controlled path for new features to enter the codebase.

Active RFC List

When you need to follow this process

You need to follow this process if you intend to make "substantial" changes to Grunt. What constitutes a "substantial" change is evolving based on community norms, but may include the following.

  • Any new feature that creates new API surface area.
  • Removing features that already shipped as part of the release channel.
  • The discretion of a Grunt core team member.

Some changes do not require an RFC:

  • Rephrasing, reorganizing or refactoring.
  • Additions that strictly improve objective, numerical quality criteria (speedup, better support).
  • The discretion of a Grunt core team member.

If you submit a pull request to implement a new feature without going through the RFC process, it may be closed with a polite request to submit an RFC first.

Gathering feedback before submitting

It's often helpful to get feedback on your concept before diving into the level of API design detail required for an RFC. You can always open an issue on this repo to open up high-level discussion, with the goal of eventually formulating an RFC pull request with the specific implementation design.

What the process is

In short, to get a major feature added to Grunt, one must first get the RFC merged into the RFC repo as a markdown file. At that point the RFC is 'active' and may be implemented with the goal of eventual inclusion into Grunt.

  • Fork the RFC repo http://github.com/gruntjs/rfcs
  • Copy 0000-template.md to text/0000-my-feature.md (where 'my-feature' is descriptive. don't assign an RFC number yet).
  • Fill in the RFC. Put care into the details: RFCs that do not present convincing motivation, demonstrate understanding of the impact of the design, or are disingenuous about the drawbacks or alternatives tend to be poorly-received.
  • Submit a pull request. As a pull request the RFC will receive design feedback from the larger community, and the author should be prepared to revise it in response.
  • Build consensus and integrate feedback. RFCs that have broad support are much more likely to make progress than those that don't receive any comments.
  • Eventually, somebody on the core team will either accept the RFC by merging the pull request and assigning the RFC a number, at which point the RFC is 'active', or reject it by closing the pull request.

The RFC life-cycle

Once an RFC becomes active then authors may implement it and submit the feature as a pull request to the Grunt repo. An 'active' is not a rubber stamp, and in particular still does not mean the feature will ultimately be merged; it does mean that the core team has agreed to it in principle and are amenable to merging it.

Furthermore, the fact that a given RFC has been accepted and is 'active' implies nothing about what priority is assigned to its implementation, nor whether anybody is currently working on it.

Modifications to active RFC's can be done in followup PR's. We strive to write each RFC in a manner that it will reflect the final design of the feature; but the nature of the process means that we cannot expect every merged RFC to actually reflect what the end result will be at the time of the next major release; therefore we try to keep each RFC document somewhat in sync with the language feature as planned, tracking such changes via followup pull requests to the document.

An RFC that makes it through the entire process to implementation is considered 'complete' and is moved to the 'complete' folder; an RFC that fails after becoming active is 'inactive' and moves to the 'inactive' folder.

Implementing an RFC

The author of an RFC is not obligated to implement it. Of course, the RFC author (like any other developer) is welcome to post an implementation for review after the RFC has been accepted.

If you are interested in working on the implementation for an 'active' RFC, but cannot determine if someone else is already working on it, feel free to ask (e.g. by leaving a comment on the associated issue).