The spark for this topic came about after I made some bug reports lately and got this message from one of the devs in this thread:
This hasn’t been designed or implemented. It should be done as part of the paint mode.
You’re are testing an experimental feature. Currenlty 3d texture painting supports basic strokes and undo/redo.
At this time we cannot accept any bugs via the bug tracker as most have not been developed and should be tagged as todos if it fits within the design otherwise closed/archived. As the design is currenlty unclear of paint mode (the main reason why it is an experimental feature)
I honestly have to ask, what is even the point in having the experimental features tested and report on bugs/missing features if I can’t even report those that have been accepted into the master branch?
I was also given zero information on where I should direct my feedback and the bug reporter is literally the only direct link to talking to the devs as a regular user.
Frankly, something needs to be done about this. Some of my reports were practically dismissed because they were not given in a very specific way that I didn’t even know about until I was told on BlenderArtists to go to Blender.chat in the Sculpt-Paint-Dev channel as an alternative. Seems overly complicated for reporting that swapping colours are not syncing between different Blender windows.
My own suggestion would be to separate experimental feature bug reports from the rest in the bug tracker on developer.blender.org and direct those reports by adding a new button inside Blender called “Report an Experimental Bug”. This way it is clear how to leave feedback as a tester.
If fixing the bug tracker is not feasible, at least have a direct link to some feedback forum/chat for each experimental feature where we can write down proper feedback. The only links given inside Blender for experimental features are design documents on the very website I and many users have been told on multiple occasions NOT to leave feedback on.
Fix this issue and there will likely be less conversations like the one I had in that thread.