July 18, 2024
The month of ‘What the Heck?!’ 2022

TL;DR: For all of October, we’re opening as much as report any situation,
suggestion, or annoyance you have got with Dwelling 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 is likely to be a steep hill
and, for some, possibly even a bit scary (though you shouldn’t be). You want a
GitHub account, report a problem following situation templates and varieties, and the
report itself must be written in a approach a developer can work with it.
Above all, we use our situation tracker for monitoring precise points and bugs,
not small characteristic requests or annoyances.

Whereas it is a widespread and cheap course of to gather, observe, and course of
bugs, our situation monitoring course of may not be the perfect approach to study
your “What the heck?!” moments, small tweaks, and enhancements that may make
us all take pleasure in Dwelling Assistant much more.

At present, we’ve opened up a Community Forum category as a secure, decrease
barrier place to inform about your Dwelling Assistant “What the heck?!” moments.
Extra importantly: focus on and vote on matters your fellow dwelling
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 Dwelling Assistant…

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

I’ve obtained 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 possibly, however shifting the highest dashboards view menu to the
    backside when on the cellphone.
  • Or not it’s nice if automations had 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.
  • With the ability to choose (utilizing the mouse) the time interval I need from a graph
    as a substitute of manually deciding on 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 gentle 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 it is going to be simply as profitable because the earlier version.

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

Image of a person expressing a what the heck moment
So, when does Dwelling 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 tasks,
like Dwelling Assistant.

The concept is that open supply tasks 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 an effective way to supply 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, similar to earlier years, Dwelling Assistant is open to and welcomes
individuals of Hacktoberfest ❤️