Update feature flags documentation for new feature behaviour

pull/14986/head
Travis Ralston 2 years ago
parent 2a25c6aaa4
commit 3e924941c3
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      docs/feature-flags.md

@ -35,7 +35,7 @@ clients commit to doing the associated clean up work once a feature stabilises.
When starting work on a feature, we should create a matching feature flag:
1. Add a new
[setting](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.js)
[setting](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.ts)
of the form:
```js
"feature_cats": {
@ -47,17 +47,9 @@ When starting work on a feature, we should create a matching feature flag:
```
2. Check whether the feature is enabled as appropriate:
```js
SettingsStore.isFeatureEnabled("feature_cats")
SettingsStore.getValue("feature_cats")
```
3. Add the feature to the set of labs on
[develop](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/develop/config.json)
and [nightly](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/nightly/config.json):
```json
"features": {
"feature_cats": "labs"
},
```
4. Document the feature in the [labs documentation](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/docs/labs.md)
3. Document the feature in the [labs documentation](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/docs/labs.md)
With these steps completed, the feature is disabled by default, but can be
enabled on develop and nightly by interested users for testing.
@ -67,7 +59,7 @@ The following lists a few common options.
## Enabling by default on develop and nightly
Set the feature to `enable` in the
Set the feature to `true` in the
[develop](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/develop/config.json)
and
[nightly](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/nightly/config.json)
@ -75,61 +67,41 @@ configs:
```json
"features": {
"feature_cats": "enable"
"feature_cats": true
},
```
## Enabling by default on staging, app, and release
Set the feature to `enable` in the
Set the feature to `true` in the
[staging / app](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/app/config.json)
and
[release](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/release/config.json)
configs.
**Warning:** While this does mean the feature is enabled by default for
https://app.element.io and official Element Desktop builds, it will not be enabled by
default for self-hosted installs, custom desktop builds, etc. To cover those
cases as well, the best options at the moment are converting to a regular
setting defaulted on or to remove the flag. Simply enabling the existing flag by
default in `Settings.js`
[does not work currently](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/issues/10360).
**Note:** The above will only enable the feature for https://app.element.io and official Element
Desktop builds. It will not be enabled for self-hosted installed, custom desktop builds, etc. To
cover these cases, change the setting's `default` in `Settings.ts` to `true`.
## Feature deployed successfully
Once we're confident that a feature is working well, we should remove the flag:
Once we're confident that a feature is working well, we should remove or convert the flag.
1. Remove the [setting](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.js)
2. Remove all `isFeatureEnabled` lines that test for the feature's setting
If the feature is meant to be turned off/on by the user:
1. Remove `isFeature` from the [setting](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.ts)
2. Change the `default` to `true` (if desired).
3. Remove the feature from the [labs documentation](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/docs/labs.md)
4. Remove feature state from
[develop](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/develop/config.json),
[nightly](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/nightly/config.json),
[staging / app](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/app/config.json),
and
[release](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/release/config.json)
configs
5. Celebrate! 🥳
4. Celebrate! 🥳
## Convert to a regular setting (optional)
Sometimes we decide a feature should always be user-controllable as a setting
even after it has been fully deployed. In that case, we would craft a new,
regular setting:
1. Remove the feature flag from
[settings](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.js)
and add a regular setting with the appropriate levels for your feature
2. Replace the `isFeatureEnabled` lines with `getValue` or similar calls
according to the [settings
docs](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/docs/settings.md)
(checking carefully, as we may want a different mix of code paths when the
feature is always present but gated by a setting)
If the feature is meant to be forced on (non-configurable):
1. Remove the [setting](https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-react-sdk/blob/develop/src/settings/Settings.ts)
2. Remove all `getValue` lines that test for the feature.
3. Remove the feature from the [labs documentation](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/docs/labs.md)
4. Remove feature state from
4. If applicable, remove the feature state from
[develop](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/develop/config.json),
[nightly](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/nightly/config.json),
[staging / app](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-web/blob/develop/riot.im/app/config.json),
and
[release](https://github.com/vector-im/riot-desktop/blob/develop/riot.im/release/config.json)
configs
5. Celebrate! 🥳

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