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Linear Preview: Auto-close stale issues

It's common for backlogs to build up with issues that become irrelevant or will never get addressed. We're introducing issue auto-closing to automate the trouble of manually clearing stale issues. Once enabled, issues will be auto-closed and marked canceled if they haven't been updated after a certain time period.

You can turn on Auto-close for your workspace by selecting Enable: Issue auto-closing from the command menu (Cmdk). You'll configure the time period and applied status under Settings > Team > Workflow.

Other improvements and fixes

  • GitHub and GitLab now support including multiple issue IDs in the closing statement in pull request descriptions (e.g. Fixes ENG-123, DES-5 and ENG-256)
  • The Slack integration now supports setting the issue assignee
  • Integrations which change issue status now set the issue to be the top item on the board
  • Improved application load time and significantly reduced memory usage
  • Improved user search in filters
  • Improved menu closing with mouse
  • Improved focus styling on buttons and links
  • Improved checkboxes and toggles to have more area for clicks
  • Underscores are now converted into dashes in issue URLs
  • Team filter is now included in My Issues and search pages if the workspace has multiple teams
  • Emoji and user suggestions aren't included inside codeblocks anymore
  • Issue suggestions are now limited to 5 when being referenced with # in the editor
  • Stability fixes to realtime sync
  • Fixes to project graphs and completion time
  • Fixed cycle details panel on small displays
  • Fixed duplication of workflow statuses on new team creation when using another team as a base
  • Fixed application controls on Chromebooks

Filter improvements

We've made some big improvements to the filter command menu. When you open the filter menu (f) and select any of the content types you want to filter with, we now compute how many issues in your current view would match each value. This gives you a good overview of the number of issues that would be selected were you to apply that filter.

The filter command menu will now also hide any unmatched filter values under a sub-section.

Previously we would list all possible values regardless of whether they match any issues in the current view. For example, if you were looking at a project and wanted to filter against assignees, we would previously list all the users in your organization. Now the filter menu is much more useful and will display only the users that have assigned issues in the project.

The Search view and My Issues potentially display issues from multiple teams. Filters have great improvements across these pages, too. We now group issue statuses and labels across teams, so that if you search for a label called "Bug", we display issues from all teams that match the same label name. And you are now able to filter against all labels and issue statuses from all teams, instead of having to choose from labels and issue statuses of the last active team.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Project graphs are now displayed for all projects instead of appearing after we've gathered 1 week worth of progress information
  • Project graphs have now better styling for the prediction cone and target dates
  • Pull request icons are now sized correctly on board views
  • The Google Sheets integration can now be run manually from the integration page and from the command menu
  • When adding a label to multiple issues at once, the command menu will list all labels that are missing from any of the selected issues
  • Fixes to file encoding when uploading text documents

We're now proud owners of the domain which is an easy to remember way to create a new Linear issue. Just type it in any browser and we'll forward you to the new issue creation page as long as you're logged into your account.

New setting: Upcoming cycle count

By default, Linear generates two upcoming cycles if you have the feature enabled. This lets your team plan ahead by adding issues to future ones. If you're using relatively short cycles, you might want to increase the number of upcoming cycles available. Head over to your team settings to change how many upcoming cycles Linear creates. You can add up to 10 upcoming cycles.

Workspace deletion

Linear now has functionality to completely delete your workspace and all associated data. It's accessible to all workspace admins under the workspace settings page.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Linear's Google integration is now verified and will no longer throw a warning when integrating with Google Sheets
  • Added team, priority and status information to issue webhook payloads
  • Several fixes to loading the application offline
  • Fixed issues which could lead to multiple integrations being enabled on the same account
  • Fixed GitHub onboarding step on mobile devices
  • Fixes to users receiving duplicate push notifications
  • Improved application Javascript bundle sizes
  • Improved communication around premium features in settings
  • Tooltips are now positioned better
  • Deleting a team now includes an additional confirmation for security

Project completion graphs

Project pages received a requested feature – completion graphs. These graphs show you the progress you're making towards completing the project.

You'll be able to see how your project scope has changed over time. The project completion graphs will also predict how long it will take to complete the project. The prediction is based on the velocity at which issues in the project are completed, where more recent weeks weigh more heavily than older weeks.

You can access them from the project details pane, which you can open from the toolbar or by pressing Command/Ctrli on the project page.

Changelog updates in the app

To make it easier to follow what has changed in Linear, we now show links to the latest changelog posts in the app sidebar. When there are new updates, the indicator will change color to Linear purple and you can quickly jump to the changelog post. You can also subscribe to changelog updates via email and Twitter.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Improves messaging around sync and offline mode. Tooltips now display more information about changes that have not been saved.
  • Fixed a regression on closed cycle pages, where moved issues were not shown
  • You can now correctly search for "no label" in the filter menu
  • Disabled push notifications for reactions as it was too noisy
  • The editor formatting toolbar no longer disappears when a selection ends outside of the editor bounds.
  • Fixes to codeblock generation
  • Fixes deletion of teams that are part of a multi-team project
  • Fixed privacy policy and terms not showing up correctly
  • Fixed problem with issues getting assigned the same identifier

Emoji reaction for comments

We're excited to add a much requested feature which is both fun and useful: emoji reactions to comments. Now you don't need to send a comment to acknowledge a proposed solution, just select 👍 and the original comment author will be notified in their Inbox. The whole modern emoji set is available and anyone can join the party 🥳

✨ ProTip: To add emojis to issue descriptions, or to your own comments, just type :emoji-name:

Notifications for closed issues

To make communicating shipped features or canceled bugs easier, we also added two new notifications: completed and canceled issues. Whenever an issue is moved to either status, subscribers are notified.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Sidebar's user menu now includes shortcuts to menu items
  • Added more billing information including past invoices
  • Added ability to create and join workspaces from the command menu
  • Added Microsoft Edge as a supported browser
  • Improved delivery speed of magic login emails
  • Improved GitHub/GitLab pull request processing stability
  • Improved GitHub/GitLab terminology in command menu and settings
  • Improved text selection and window dragging in several views for macOS application
  • Added more information to GitLab integration page
  • Several fixes to keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Linux
  • Fixed workflow automation for GitHub PRs which were moved from draft to ready for review with an existing reviewer
  • Fixed long dash characters in issue URLs
  • Fixed Inbox notification checkboxes on Firefox
  • Fixed issue ID autolinking when ID was followed by a punctuation mark
  • No label filter now shows up correctly
  • Fixes bug that hid "not completeled issues during cycle" issues in past cycles

Linear signups are available for everyone!

We're announcing Linear for general availability today. You can sign up yourself as can your team and there's no more need for an invite. We're also announcing pricing plans. Smaller teams can still use Linear for free without limits on users as long as your active issue count stays below 250.

Read our blog post

Ps. We're looking for experienced TypeScript developers and product designers to join our team. Read more here.

GitLab merge request support

We're excited to add support for GitLab. It lets you integrate Linear issues and merge requests with the same functionality as our existing GitHub integration:

  • Link multiple merge requests with issues
  • Support custom workflows with draft support
  • Support reverted merge requests

You can connect Linear with or your self-hosted GitLab installation starting today.

Linear Guide

Linear now has its own documentation site full of information on how to use the product better. We wanted to highlight the most common features and also expose less known ones in case you haven't found them yet. To step up your Linear knowledge, we list shortcuts and ProTips marked with ✨!

Visit Linear Guide

Other improvements and fixes

  • New help menu with links to docs, the Slack group and a way to contact us
  • Issue list rendering performance improvements
  • Automatically login all windows if logging in on one
  • Issues created from Slack now support really long titles
  • Improvements to archiving teams
  • Less aggressive update notifications to the desktop application

Improvements and fixes:

  • Added ability to leave and rejoin a workspace
  • Added ability to find an issue by its URL
  • Improved sorting of users when using filters
  • Improved realtime sync notifications
  • Improvements to table styling in the editor
  • Improved color selection when adding labels through command menu
  • Fixed a bug with handling of suspended users
  • Background color fixes in desktop app

Hide board columns

Linear's board views now have the ability to collapse rarely used columns. This might come in handy if your team mostly works out of a few columns and would like to hide less frequently used ones.

To hide a column, select "Hide" from the board column's menu. View or unhide hidden columns by scrolling to last column of the board (to the right). You can also drag issues into hidden columns.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Issue templates will now include assignee, project and status fields
  • Removed "external" label from users and inviting new users is now limited to workspace admins
  • Issue filters now supports searching by user's username and full name
  • Webhooks for issues now include more label information (ID, name and color)
  • Added the ability to search labels and statuses across multiple teams in filters
  • Welcome email is now only sent to the first workspace a user joins
  • Warning is shown if a user decides to switch workspaces when changes are still being synced
  • Fixed timezone issues with project due dates
  • Fixes to draft pull request automation
  • Fix to arrow keys after writing an emoji in the editor

Support for multiple workspaces

We're adding support for multiple workspaces under one user account. This makes it easier to keep your personal tasks in a separate workspace from your company's workspace or to collaborate with multiple companies without logging in and out.

Teams that work with multiple clients can now create separate workspaces for each client so that their work and access to GitHub are separated.

To create a new workspace, select the option from the workspace navigator which is accessible by clicking the workspace name in your sidebar.

Other improvements and fixes

  • New user menu design in the sidebar
  • New shortcuts to move issues to top or bottom on the board: OptionShiftArrow Up and OptionShiftArrow Down
  • Added edit option to user profile page when viewing own profile
  • Several improvements to application loading with new workspace URLs
  • Improved tooltips for issue actions in the list
  • Invite links are now deprecated and emails are required for inviting users
  • Fixed issue history entries for setting zero, or removing, estimates
  • Reduced resource usage when the application has been left idle in the background
  • Improved performance when selecting multiple issue with ShiftArrow Up/Arrow Down pressed
  • Fixed a bug where the favorited page would open as it was removed from the sidebar
  • Fixed white background flicker when opening the desktop app in dark mode
  • Added header and footer to 404 pages

Setting an issue's status

Linear has supported setting the issue status using keyboard shortcuts for a long time using Command/CtrlOption1-5. This worked fine for teams using the default statuses. However, if a team added more statuses to their workflow, the keyboard commands would only target the first status of each status type (e.g. Backlog).

Linear now has keyboard shortcuts for all statuses of the selected team and you can change the status of selected issues using Command/CtrlOption1-9. Additionally, the multi-select tray now detects if the team has multiple states for the "Move to Backlog" and "Move to Active" actions and will display a menu to let the user choose the state to move the issues to.

Infrastructure improvements

We've spent a considerable amount of time improving our backend infrastructure to support our ever-growing userbase. While this is an ongoing process, we've now completed a major refactor of the service infrastructure that considerably improves the reliability of our backend and lets us scale the application to a lot more users. Not everything went according to plan and we did have a few outages during these migrations for which we sincerely apologize.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Google authentication failures no longer block a user, and they log the user out
  • Fixed problems with the domain validation emails not getting sent out
  • For first logins, the loading screen now uses the users preferred appearance on macOS
  • The desktop application now has new windows consider their parent's size and position when opening
  • Fixed issue where editing a template would always show an alert when navigating from the view
  • Fixes an image missing from the invite email
  • Fixes loading of archived issues in certain edge cases
  • Fixes an issue with email authentication when already logged in as the same user

Until now you could sign up for Linear using a GSuite account and invited users were able to log in using their Google account.

Today we are announcing email login with magic links, which enable you to sign up and log in using any email address. We also removed the limitation where you could only invite external collaborators if they had a account.

Logging in using email magic links is simple. Type in your email and we'll send you a link. When you click the link, you'll be taken to Linear and immediately logged in.

GitHub linkbacks and PR draft automation

We've made a couple of improvements to our GitHub integration. We now correctly handle draft pull requests and there is a new workflow setting to configure drafts.

We've also made improvements to issue links that get posted to pull requests on GitHub. When you update the pull request and link new issues, the links are posted correctly.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Lots of infrastructure stability improvements
  • Improved GitHub integration stability
  • Improvements to comment animations
  • Labels are now ordered alphabetically
  • Fixes to desktop app window behavior when using them fullscreen
  • Fixes a desktop app issue where the login window could be hidden, but not re-shown
  • Fixes to desktop app sign in flow
  • Made it easier to drag desktop app windows from the issue title
  • In My Issues view, Created and Subscribed sections are now sorted by creation date
  • Fixed Shift+click to select multiple issues in lists
  • Added keyboard shortcut for creating links with Cmd+K
  • Improvements to rendering notifications emails on mobile
  • Stability improvements for the Google Sheets integration
  • Allow all characters to be used in the workspace name
  • Fixed an issue when displaying multiple PR labels
  • New sidebar header with the workspace name and logo
  • We now mark a notification as read when you interact with the issue it relates to

GitHub draft pull requests and issue descriptions

We added support for GitHub draft pull requests in Linear. If you open a draft pull request, which is linked with an issue, it will show up as a draft in Linear. When the pull request is marked as ready for review, it will trigger automation in Linear and move the issue to the in progress status.

Links to the Linear issue in associated GitHub pull requests have also been improved. The pull request link can now be expanded to show the full description of the issues without leaving GitHub.

Subscribe to team/project notifications

Users now have the option to subscribe to all team and project notifications. This should make it easier to triage new issues and manage the overall scope.

  • Team: Select Subscribe to team notifications from the command menu (Command/Ctrlk)
  • Project: Open projects page and select Subscribe to project notifications from the project card menu

CSV export

Issue data can now be exported in CSV format by workspace admins. You can schedule the export in Import/export settings and you'll be emailed the download link once the exported data is available.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Several stability improvements to our API
  • Added keyboard shortcuts to move to the beginning and the end of the list with Command/CtrlArrow Up and Command/CtrlArrow Down
  • Preference to open external links in new window is now applied to all external links
  • Fixed layout issues with resizable sidebars
  • Fixed sync issues with cycle and project views
  • Fixed issues with online presence status
  • Fixed bugs in renaming cycles
  • Fixed avatar groups to show the correct amount of users with the active user on top
  • Fixed responsive navigation on our homepage

Improved My Issues view

Previously, the My Issues view would display currently active issues that have been assigned to you. By popular request, we improved the view to allow you to quickly display issues that are either Assigned to you, Created by you, or ones you've Subscribed to. Issues on your Backlog will now also be included in the listing.

User online status

User avatars will now show whether the user is currently online, away or offline. The profile page has been updated to show this information, too, and will additionally show the time they've last been online. You can also see this information in a popover when hovering on a user's avatar in the comments section of any issue.

Increased text contrast

We made subtle improvements to contrast and font size in light mode and the emails sent by Linear. The added contrast and slightly enlargened text size improves legibility especially for muted and faded text.

Resizable sidebars

You can now resize the left and right sidebars by clicking and dragging on their edges. Useful for making the most of your preferred window size.

Importers view

To make it easier to discover the ways to import issues into Linear from other systems, we added an Importers page in the the Workspace Settings. Linear currently supports importing issues from GitHub, Jira, Asana, and Pivotal Tracker.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Added a new title/identifier configuration option for Git branch names
  • Esc now cancels editing a comment
  • The Offline indicator no longer gets cut when displayed on a narrow screen
  • Issue slugs now look better as they are stripped of some unwanted characters
  • Improved shadows for contextual menus
  • Fixed occasional flickering in the new user Onboarding flow
  • Fixed an issue where an empty comment could be saved
  • Fixed file/video upload URLs in Slack notifications

Branch naming

A lot of Linear users have GitHub integration enabled and use our Copy git branch name action (Command/CtrlShift.) to copy the git branch name when starting to work on an issue. We've now added the ability to change the format of the branch name that will be copied. To change it, go to your Github integration settings.

Issue estimation improvements

We made several highly requested improvements to issue estimation. Each of the following new settings can be found under your team settings.

Counting unestimated issues

You can now choose how unestimated issues are counted towards estimate totals. Counting every unestimated issue as 1 point towards the estimate totals makes the most sense for most teams, and this remains the default.

Allow zero estimates

Previously, your issues were either not estimated at all, or you had a positive estimate value. If you want to distinguish between unestimated issues, but still allow issues to not count towards the total estimate for a cycle or project, you can now enable zero point estimates.

Extended estimate scale

All of our estimate scales have 5 values by design. Larger estimates usually mean that there is a lot of uncertainty about the complexity of an issue and breaking the issue up into smaller pieces is usually the best approach. However, if you want, you can now extend the scale and add two more values to the estimates.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Comments to issues in reminder emails now include embedded images and are formatted in HTML
  • Sync resumes faster when waking your computer from sleep
  • Contextual menus now show keyboard shortcuts
  • Exact timestamps are now accessible in Issue history by hovering over the entry time
  • Fixes to scroll bars on Firefox
  • Issues in label views are now sorted correctly
  • The issue page is no longer closed when hitting Esc when viewing a fullscreen video
  • Reliability improvements to our infrastructure
  • Parse and validation errors are now correctly reported in our GraphQL API

We have added external links to projects. In addition to the project description, they can be used to link to external resources such as designs in Figma, project plans in Notion and so on.

To access project links, visit the project page and open the sidebar (Command/Ctrli).

Other improvements and fixes

  • Significant stability and performance improvements
  • When the Slack integration access has been revoked or turned off we send out a notification
  • Fix to issue URLs containing backtick characters
  • GitHub autolinking documentation improvements
  • Project team links and issue peek now work better on mobile devices
  • Removed team deletion from the command menu. To remove a team, visit the team settings page
  • API: Fixed pagination on users query