Re: GitLab postmortem

Hey Carlos,

The GitLab transition has been really positive from a design
perspective. I would definitely say that our work feels easier and
more productive than it was. I think that GitLab is also helping us to
maintain a healthy design team.

Some highlights:

 - It's allowed us to migrate all our repos from GitHub back to GNOME
infrastructure, where they belong.
 - Just having formatting and screenshots in issues makes a huge
difference, and make it much easier to have conversations about
design. We've actually started using issue tracking against our mockup
repositories, which makes a lot of sense and is a good way to have
exploratory design discussions before engaging developers.
 - Another thing I've found is that we've become more willing to
create repos, which is really useful for experimentation.
 - Having a team space with all our repos is fantastic from a
team/community perspective.
 - Being able to view diffs between image commits is great (although
this not new to us, because we were using GitHub before).

Areas for improvement - the ability to have discussions in relation to
mockups is limited - you can only comment on a single commit, not on
an image file or a set of image files. It's awkward referring to
mockups from issues (do you embed the mockup in the issue, link to the
latest commit, or link to the file?) Ideally I'd want to mention the
mockup file and have GitLab take care of the rest - show a preview,
but also indicate if the image has changed since the comment was


On Tue, 11 Dec 2018 at 13:23, Carlos Soriano <csoriano gnome org> wrote:


It has been a few months since we moved to GitLab. Apart of spurious issues, specific annoyances and 
frustrations, seems it has been generally good. I would like to gather some general feeling about it. 
Things that really made a constant impact to you and your work, both bad or good. Feel free to provide 
feedback about the transition or the administration of GitLab instance too. Free form.

Please keep the mail chain one way from you towards the world, so we don't get trapped on specifics, we can 
address stuff raised here individually out of list. Personally, I'll ping you on IRC or so if I can do 
something to help.

Of course, feel free to msg me directly on IRC/email too.

Thanks all!
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