We're determined to work on the task of bringing more transparency to our roadmap. As part of this bigger effort to give a more realistic insight into the features we are going to implement from your suggestions, we're reviewing our issue tracker guidelines.
There are 2 projects in YouTrack related to IntelliJ IDEA:
Hard-to-reproduce bugs shall be assigned to one of the testers. If the tester fails to reproduce it and the submitter does not provide more information, the issue shall be resolved as "Cannot reproduce".
If the issue is unlikely to be resolved in the nearest future it shall be postponed as "Shelved" or moved to IDEABKL.
IDEA Backlog (http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issues/IDEABKL)
- The feature is really useful, but there is no practical way to implement this feature soon (technical problems, resource limitations).
- The feature is OK, but there are many more important features already planned for implementation.
- The team considers the issue as not useful/critical enough.
- The feature is OK, but it just does not feel right in IDEA.
- We fully agree that the issue should be fixed, we just do not know how (usually because of some problem in JDK or 3rd party library).
- The feature looks reasonable, but the we are not sure how useful it actually is, so we are asking for more feedback. Users are encouraged to express their position (both in favour favor and against) through voting and comments.
- Issues most voted for
- Issues most actively commented (with new arguments in favour favor of implementing/fixing)
- Issues with the highest severity
and move the most deserving issues to IDEA (though there is are no formal rules for making such a decision).