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Issue and Feature Labeling

On Amundsen, we aim to be methodical on using issue labels, offering our community a way to understand what are the issues about and their status within or development process.

We use a bunch of GitHub labels. They are a mix of custom labels and the default Github labels for open-source projects. We base these labels on four main types: status labels, issue type labels, project labels, and the “other” category. Read on to learn more about them.

Status Labels

  • They show at a glance the status and progress of each issue
  • Prefixed with “Status:”, followed by the label
  • Only one status label will be applied to any particular issue


  • Status: Needs Reproducing – For bugs that need to be reproduced in order to get fixed
  • Status: Review Needed – Issue that needs review to be considered
  • Status: Accepted – Feature that we want to implement going forward
  • Status: In Progress – Issue that is being worked on right now.
  • Status: Completed – Issue is completed and on master
  • Status: Abandoned – Issue we won’t go ahead and implement, or that needs a “champion” to take it through
  • Status: Blocked – Issue blocked by any reason (dependencies, previous work, etc.)
  • Status: On Hold – Issue that is being considered but stopped due to lack of resources or changes in the roadmap

Here is a diagram representing these states within the lifecycles: Feature and Bug Lifecycle

Type Labels

  • They show the type of the issue
  • Prefixed with “Type:”, followed by the label


  • Type: Bug – An unexpected problem or unintended behavior
  • Type: Feature – A new feature request
  • Type: Maintenance – A regular maintenance chore or task, including refactors, build system, CI, performance improvements
  • Type: Documentation – A documentation improvement task
  • Type: Question – An issue or PR that needs more information or a user question

Project Labels

  • They indicate which project the issue refers to
  • Prefixed with “Project:”, followed by the name of the project


  • Project: Common – From amundsencommon
  • Project: Databuilder – From amundsendatabuilder
  • Project: Frontend – From amundsenfrontendlibrary
  • Project: Metadata – From amundsenmetadatalibrary
  • Project: Search – From amundsensearchlibrary
  • Project: k8s – Related to the Kubernetes helm chart
  • Project: All – Related to all the projects above

Other Labels

  • Some of these are part of the standard GitHub labels and intended for OSS contributors
  • Some are related to the tools we use to maintain the library
  • They are not prefixed


  • help wanted – Indicates we are looking for contributors on this issue
  • good first issue – Indicates the issue is a great one to tackle by newcomers to the project or OSS in general
  • keep fresh – Avoids getting the issue archived by our stale bot