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GitHub Issues & Projects – September 7th update

Today’s Changelog brings you updates to project templates and historical charts, sticky group headers, and color improvements!

We’re continuing to make improvements to project templates for organizations (public beta). 👏

You can now view the project template that was used when a project was created. Once a template is used to create a new project, you can find and link back to the template from the project settings page in the “Templates” section. This allows you to reference the history of how a project was created and view any improvements made to the template since then.

templates settings page

You can also now use the CLI to mark a project as a template for members of your organization to use when getting started. The command will look like this:

gh project mark-template 1 --owner That-Lady-Dev

Check out the documentation for more details, and as well as the project CLI documentation to see all the possibilities of interacting with your projects from the terminal.

Be sure to drop a note in the feedback discussion to let us know how we can continue to improve project templates.

📜 Sticky group headers

Group headers are now sticky when scrolling through your project view. For example, if you have swimlanes on your board, scrolling to other columns and items will maintain the group name in view, making it easy for you to keep your place.

🎨 Updated colors for single select fields

The colors for single select fields have been updated, so you’ll now see the same colors within the field picker and on your project views.

single select field colors

➕ Create issues in board repository groups

You can now create issues when grouped by Repository on the board layout. Click Create new issue or start typing the title to get started.

creating issue in repository groups

📊 Updates to historical charts

Historical charts (available for GitHub Team and Enterprise Cloud plans) now show the state changes of your project items over time, allowing you to see how items have been opened and closed over time. This allows you to visualize the progress of your items over time, showing how much work has been completed and how much is left to do.

historical chart

Historical charts no longer support a Group by field.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Included the Slice by field configuration when you copy a project or use a project template
  • Improved the contrast of the roadmap today marker
  • Fixed the alignment between the filter bar and board columns
  • Fixed a bug where you could not copy a project or use a template if there were invalid disabled workflows
  • Fixed a bug where the view configuration menu alignement shifted when resizing a window
  • Updated the error message when setting a large column limit on board columns

See how to use GitHub for project planning with GitHub Issues, check out what’s on the roadmap, and learn more in the docs.

Questions or suggestions? Join the conversation in the community discussion.

Building on the Public Beta of organization archiving, we're excited to announce that organization archiving is now generally available.

You can now archive all repositories in an organization with a single click. Archiving an organization will:

  • Archive all repositories in the organization
  • Set a key in the API to indicate the org has been archived
  • Restrict activities in that organization such as creating new repos
  • Display a banner on the organization's profile indicating that it's been archived
  • Email the organization's owners to let them know that the organization has been archived

To archive an organization, go to the organization's settings page and click the "Archive organization" button in the Danger Zone. This will launch a background job which performs the archiving; once complete, the banner will show up on the organization's profile page.

For more information on organization archiving, including how to un-archive an organization, see "Archiving an organization"

We'd love to hear your feedback on how it works for you.

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September 12, 2023 update:

When we launched the latest version of your feed on September 6, 2023, we made changes to the underlying technology of the feed in order to improve overall platform performance. As a result, we removed the functionality for “push events for repositories a user is subscribed to”. We don’t take these changes lightly, but as our community continues to grow tremendously, we have to prioritize our availability, user experience and performance. 

Thanks to feedback from the community, we have fixed the following bugs from the initial September 6th release:

  • We were showing releases for organizations that you follow, instead of only showing them for repositories that you watch or star. This is now fixed. 
  • We have also addressed a problem where ‘Followed You’ cards were sometimes appearing out of chronological order.
  • We do not plan to re-include “push events for repositories a user is subscribed to” for the reasons listed above, but we will continue to address feedback as it aligns with our platform goals.

Your homepage feed will now have a singular, consolidated feed that aggregates content from your starred repositories and followed users. As part of this update:

  • The content from the “Following” feed has been combined with the “For you” Feed, so you’ll have one singular location to discover content.
  • For those looking to customize, we’ve enhanced the filtering controls, enabling you to tailor your feed to display only the event types that matter most to you. Including:
    • Announcements (special discussion posts from repositories)
    • Releases (new releases from repositories)
    • Sponsors (relevant projects or people that are being sponsored)
    • Stars (repositories being starred by people)
    • Repositories (repositories that are created or forked by people)
    • Repository activity (issues and pull requests from repositories)
    • Follows (who people are following)
    • Recommendations (repositories and people you may like)
  • We’ve given the entire interface a fresh and visually appealing makeover ✨


What this means for you

If you’re an existing “Following” feed user, your feed content should be familiar to what you’ve been seeing on your “Following” tab. And now, with our new filtering control, you can fine-tune your content preferences to further curate your feed.

If you’re an existing “For you” feed user, we’ve also defaulted your filtering to showcase what you currently see on your “For you” tab. The new filtering control allows you to further customize your feed by including or excluding specific content types.

New users, we’ve got you covered with default settings that ensure you’re seeing the most relevant content. Dive in, personalize, and make the feed your own!

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