First, thank you again for your work on the Jira integration for Mattermost and the team merge project. Your work is really wonderful.
Regarding auth add-ons, there’s been long discussion on this and the feature is out-of-scope for Team Edition for a few reasons:
Authentication is a critical path that needs to be tested, maintained and supported with each monthly release and volunteers aren’t prepared to bear the tax this change would impose on them, and
Such a change increases the difficulty of creating high quality apps and drivers, as developers would be taxed with requests for support, troubleshooting, and debug set ups that would be expensive to reproduce.
Also, millions of people use Slack with username and password and they give up control of their data to use the “free” version. Mattermost as an open source alternative to users of proprietary SaaS products.
We’re asking community members to help add features to speed this transition–features like your Jira-Mattermost integration, more keyboard shortcuts, more slash command options, plus dozens of smaller improvements.
The concern with auth add-ons is that they’ll hurt the momentum of the project–adding a monthly tax on volunteers to test, maintain and support features that require complicated set ups, and taxing 3rd party developers.
You’ve contributed a lot to the community so far, I hope you’ll consider continuing. I hope we can create enough value that your teammates will enjoy Mattermost even without auth add-ons,