I’d like to discuss the need of metadata information for Things. These are data which get collected because of the use of the device, for example, the EnOcean binding can provide information about signal strength (RSSI), number of repeaters involved and the timestamp of the last received telegram.
As far as I know, right now we have to publish these information as normal channels, leading to a situation where every thing has, beside their main channels, three extra channels. In my opinion, this is a bit overloaded, and not friendly for the user who is primarily interested in the main channels (the reason why he bought the device).
I think the metadata channels should be less visible and separated, but still available for normal item linking to be able to persist the data, use them in rules, access them by REST etc.
So my proposal is to add a flag to the channel marking it as meta channel. The UI can handle it accordingly.
What do you think?