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All of the open-source work I have been involved with before the Swift Package Index was reasonably small scale. SimulatorStatusMagic was undoubtedly popular but was low traffic in terms of issues and contributions.

The Swift Package Index project is different. Of course, the work that Sven and I do generates plenty of pull requests and issues, but it also gets a reasonable number of new issues opened by people with good ideas to enhance or improve it.

Recently we’ve been concerned that the sheer number of open issues has increased to a level where we can’t keep track of everything. We want to encourage contribution to the project, but it’s too easy to lose control of a to-do list when anyone can add anything to it. No one benefits if the list of issues gets so big no one ever looks past page one.

So, this week, I did some re-organisation on the Swift Package Index project to get us into a better place to welcome all contributions from the smallest idea or bug report to complete pull requests. There’s a new README, an updated guide to setting up for local development, and most importantly, a new set of discussion forums where we can talk about features before moving them forward into an issue. I moved every issue that was already a discussion or didn’t have a concrete goal into the forum. I also set up issue templates to guide you when you hit “New Issue”.

It’s still far from perfect, but I hope the tweaks I’ve made help further encourage contributions while at the same time keeping the different types of feedback better organised. The Swift Package Index is an open-source project built by and for this community, and we’d love for you to be involved.

Dave Verwer

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