Stale Feature Flag Detection

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Stale Feature Flag Detection

Feature flags are a fantastic way to reduce risk during deployments, but they can also be a source of technical debt. It’s common for engineers to forget to clean up feature flags from the code that aren’t being used anymore.

To help solve this problem, GrowthBook now alerts you when we detect a feature flag that is "stale". These stale flags are a good candidate to remove from your code and reduce your technical debt.

We define a "stale" feature flag as one that has not been updated in the past two weeks and serves the same value to all users - that means there are no active experiments or force rules.

This detection isn't perfect. There are times when a long-lived feature flag makes sense - for example, a kill switch for when a 3rd party provider has an outage. For these features, you can easily dismiss the stale notification by clicking on the icon.


We have a lot more planned in the future to help you stay on top of your technical debt - everything from integrating with GitHub Code References to detecting actual realtime usage from our SDKs. Stay tuned and let us know your thoughts!

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