What is an Issue?

An issue is a topic that people are arguing about. They may be debating how important it is for colleges to offer more introductory courses. This is a controversial issue.

The word has also become a synonym for problems, difficulties, or complication. For example, someone with an alcohol problem might be described as having “issues.” It is often used in a negative way, like when people say that a politician’s personal life is a big issue. People who use the term this way are usually trying to be euphemistic, but it can backfire. A lot of Usage Panel members frowned on this usage in 2002, but it has become more widely accepted in just over ten years.

Another use of the word is to refer to a specific piece of paper, coin, or book that has been printed and released. A new issue of a magazine might be mailed out to readers. A government might issue new stamps or coins.

GitLab uses issues to manage work and collaboration across projects. Start an issue with a feature proposal, question, support request, or bug report.

The best way to write an article is to make sure that you have a clear idea of what the article will be about. Then write an effective opening that zooms readers in on that one thing. For example, a troubleshooting article might focus on a specific type of issue that readers might face and describe multiple processes for fixing the problem.