I'm trying to come up with a personal workflow. I've put together a flowchart of the hypothetical lifespan of a release: one developer pushing to a public github repo + a friend helping with some feature and fixing a bug.
Is this a reasonable approach to version control?
The main idea is to keep the public repo tidy:
Each new release gets on its own branch until it's finally tagged in the master branch when it's finished.
All work is done on "feature" or "hotfix" branches, never on an actual release branch, to prevent anomalies.
Merges to higher-level branches are always rebased or squashed (to avoid clutter).
If it's overkill I don't mind because the whole point is for me is to learn skills I might need for a larger project. The only problem would be if I'm doing something flat out wrong or unnecessary.
edit 2: fixed bad idea in the original flowchart and made it a bit easier to navigate.