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Contributing to Babel2

There are 2 ways in which you can contribute to the Babel2 package.

Reporting Bugs

When you find a bug in the Babel2 package, you can report this using the GitHub Issue Tracker. Before doing so, make sure this bug has not already been reported or even fixed (also check the closed issues).

When submitting a bug, please provide us with as much information as possible. Here is a checklist to guide you through the process:

  • Give a clear and descriptive title for the issue to identify the problem.
  • Describe the exact steps to reproduce the issue. Start by describing your system setup. Which OS are you using? Which Lisp implementation are you using? Which editor are you using?
  • Next, describe the error you encountered and in what system/package/function the error occurred.
  • Ideally, provide a MWE (Minimum Working Example) that reproduces the error.
  • If possible, check if the error persists when using another OS, another Lisp implementation or another editor.

Adding Functionality

It is possible to extend Babel2 in various ways. You can write your own grammar in FCG, you can set up an evolutionary experiment or create an NLP experiment using our nlp-tools. On a more technical level, you can help improve or extend the implementation of some of our systems.

Whatever you want to do, the first thing you should do is create a fork of this repository. A fork is a copy of a repository that you manage. Forks let you make changes to a project without affecting the original repository. Do make sure to set up the original repository as a remote to this fork, so you can fetch changes from upstream. A step-by-step guide on how to do this can be found here and here.

When you are done developing whatever you want to add to Babel2, send a pull request with your proposed changes. Detailed instructions can be found here. The Babel2 development team will be notified of your pull request. This allows us to start a discussion about your proposed changes and for you to make additional changes when and where necessary. Once accepted, the pull request can be merged into the Babel2 package.