There are possible usecases where I would like to set a due date on an issue for projects, but I don't specifically want to attach it to a milestone or don't want to create dozens of milestones with single issues attached to them.
I think it would be neat to just have a due date field on github issues so I could create one-off deadlines without needing to hook into the milestone feature.
As well, I think some notification methods would be useful so if it is a week out or a few days out depending on the timeframe for resolving the issue, maintainers of the project could be notified that the deadline is approaching.
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I also feel it would be great to have this feature. By the way, this had been discussed before here: https://github.com/isaacs/github/issues/432.