Issue Response Time

Question: How much time passes between the opening of an issue and a response in the issue thread from another contributor?

Description

This metric is an indication of how much time passes between the opening of an issues and a response from other contributors.

This metric is a specific case of the Time to First Reponse metric in the Common working group.

Objectives

Learn about the responsiveness of an open source community.

Implementation

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Aggregators:

  • Average. Average response time in days.
  • Median. Median response time in days.

Parameters:

  • Period of time. Start and finish date of the period. Default: forever.
  • Period during which responses are counted.

Filters

  • response from role in project (e.g., first maintainer response)
  • bot versus human (e.g., filter out automated “welcome first contributor messages”)
  • opened by role in project (e.g., responsiveness to new contributors versus long-timers)
  • date issue was opened
  • status of issue (e.g., only look at currently open issues)

Visualizations

Example visualization from GrimoireLab

Tools Providing the Metric

Data Collection Strategies

Look at the Issues New metric for a definiton of “issues.” Subtract the issue opened timestamp from the first response timestamp. Do not count responses if created by the author of the issue.

References