March 27, 2023

TL;DR: For all of October, we’re opening as much as report any problem,
suggestion, or annoyance you will have with Residence Assistant on the forums!

Welcome to the month of “What the heck?!” 2022! 🎉

Two years ago, we had the first month of “What the heck?!”,
and it was great! So, this year, for the entire month of October,
we are doing it again!

Home Assistant is growing fast, and the development pace is high! Every month’s
release almost feels like a birthday present, full of new features and
improvements. But did everything turn out the way it should? Are there
things missing? Could it be streamlined more? Or, worse, maybe something
started annoying you?

That is what this month is about!

Lowering the barrier for sharing WTH?! moments

We realize reporting bugs on our GitHub could be a steep hill
and, for some, perhaps even a bit scary (though you shouldn’t be). You want a
GitHub account, report a problem following problem templates and varieties, and the
report itself must be written in a means a developer can work with it.
Above all, we use our problem tracker for monitoring precise points and bugs,
not small function requests or annoyances.

Whereas this can be a widespread and cheap course of to gather, monitor, and course of
bugs, our problem monitoring course of won’t be the perfect strategy to study
your “What the heck?!” moments, small tweaks, and enhancements that may make
us all get pleasure from Residence Assistant much more.

As we speak, we now have opened up a Community Forum category as a secure, decrease
barrier place to inform about your Residence Assistant “What the heck?!” moments.
Extra importantly: focus on and vote on matters your fellow residence
automators have introduced up.

What are we looking for?

Last week I’ve sent out a Twitter message asking:

Enlighten me 💡 The entire neighborhood would rejoice and be shedding comfortable
tears of pleasure if simply this tiny little factor was added to Residence Assistant…

The objective of that query: discovering these little additions, annoyances,
inconsistencies, and extra. Issues that, if addressed, may make a
massive distinction or present a extra streamlined expertise, making Residence Assistant
much more pleasant.

I’ve received a whopping 200+ responses to that tweet, and the reality is: Most
of them are precisely what this month is about! I’ve picked just a few of them to
present you what I imply:

  • Helper entity so as to add/sum a number of sensor values like a number of vitality
    metering sensors.

  • Extra of an app factor perhaps, however shifting the highest dashboards view menu to the
    backside when on the telephone.
  • It’s nice if automations have been conscious that one other course of/interplay/human
    had modified a setting. E.g., if I flip the lights again up, I don’t need the
    auto-dimmer to proceed auto-dimming.
    “Abandon automation if the state is modified,” or one thing.
  • Having the ability to choose (utilizing the mouse) the time interval I would like from a graph
    as an alternative of manually choosing hours/days from the dropdown can be an important
    enchancment in my humble opinion!
  • Toggling two lights ought to put all of them in the identical state. So if 1 mild is
    on and 1 off, toggling them collectively ought to make them each on, then subsequent
    toggle flip each off.
  • Choice to retain related historical past when renaming entity id

These are nice examples of the issues we’re on the lookout for, the issues we
ought to share this month.

We’re trying ahead to all of the issues that can be introduced up!
And are hoping will probably be simply as profitable because the earlier version.

Join us on the forums!, or learn the FAQ beneath.

Image of a person expressing a what the heck moment
So, when does Residence Assistant set off this second for you?

Hacktoberfest 2022

This is not just the month of “What the heck?!”, it is also the month of
Hacktoberfest”! 🎉

Hacktoberfest is a worldwide, month-long celebration of open supply. An occasion
open to everybody. Whether or not you’re a developer, pupil studying to code,
documenter, or designer, you may assist drive open-source initiatives,
like Residence Assistant.

The concept is that open supply initiatives will collect entry-level bugs,
options, and small enhancements that present or future contributors can choose
up and deal with; The month of “What the heck?!”, is a good way to offer these!

By taking part in Hacktoberfest and by contributing 4 GitHub pull
requests, you’ll full the problem and earn both a free t-shirt
or have a tree planted.

This yr, identical to earlier years, Residence Assistant is open to and welcomes
individuals of Hacktoberfest ❤️