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Thanks for your interest in contributing to the Metafetish Organization repo! We're looking forward to working with you to make this project better.

Code Of Conduct

First off, you'll want to check out our Code of Conduct, which should be alongside this document. It outlines the rules and expectations for interaction with our project.

For All Community

This section contains information for everyone involved with the projects, whether developing or simply interested in using and recommending improvements.


There are a couple of different ways in which you can interact with other members of Metafetish projects.

  • We have a Slack instance. Note that an invitation is required to join the slack instance. Please email for an invite, and include the email address you'd like to use to log in.
  • We have message boards. We have Discourse forums available that cover most of our projects. For anything that doesn't fit into one of the categories, there's the General forum.

Anonymous Accounts

Due to the sensitive nature of Metafetish projects, some community members prefer to use anonymous accounts, on message boards as well as for contributing to code repos. We understand the need for this, and try to be as accepting of that as possible without letting it interfere with project progress.

Note that vetting by project leads will still need to occur before administration rights after given to any account on a project resource (forums, repos, etc), anonymous or otherwise.

Filing feature requests

If there are features you'd like in a project, you may request them by:

  • If you have a github account, filing a github issue on the project.
  • Otherwise, make a post on the message board in the appropriate category, or on the General category if a proper category does not exist.

Please be specific in your feature request. We will ask followup questions for clarification, but the more information we have, the better.

Filing bug reports

If you find a problem in a project, please do not hesitate to tell us.

  • If you find a security bug, please email immediately, and we will work with you to resolve it and get the information out to the community ASAP.
  • For all other bugs:
    • If you have a github account, filing a github issue on the project.
    • Otherwise, make a post on the message board in the appropriate category, or on the General category if a proper category does not exist.

In the issue or post, you should let us know:

  • The software you are using that has the bug
  • The version of the software
  • The operating system version of the computer you using the software on.
  • The steps you took to get to the problem.
  • Whether the problem is repeatable.

Someone should hopefully follow up on your problem soon.

For Developer Community

This section contains information mainly related to helping in development of Metafetish projects.

Getting up and running on a project

In many cases, if you are trying to start developing a new project, information about compiling and using the project will be in the README. If these instructions are missing or incomplete, you can ask in the proper category on the message boards, or file an issue on the project if you have a github account. You can also contact us on Slack if you have an account there.

Note that some of our projects are rather complicated, and span multiple repositories and/or technologies. We do our best to keep things up to date, but there may be times where we've missed updating documentation. If something seems wrong, or isn't working for you, ask us using one of the above methods.

Continuous Integration

In as many cases as possible, we have added continuous integration services to run build checks on our software projects. These will normally be Travis for macOS and linux builds (or platform independent builds, like Node with no native requirements), and Appveyor for Windows builds. CI Badges are usually added to the README.

Git/Github Workflow

This section goes over our git workflow. We realize that git can be quite complicated and has a steep learning curve. We have done as much as we can to make sure Github makes this easy for contributors. If you are new to git, or if you do not understand some part of this section, please let us know when you make a pull request, and we'll help out. If you are not sure how to make a pull request on github, contact and a project lead will help.

As of this writing, Metafetish projects are maintained on the Metafetish Organization on Github. 'master' branches on Metafetish projects are kept as Github protected branches, with the following settings.

  • All of the following rules apply to both users and administrators.
  • No direct pushes to 'master'. All changes must be via Pull Request (PR).
  • No force pushes to 'master'. All rewrites must be done on feature branches.
  • PRs must be off the end of the 'master' branch to merge to master. Github will enforce this in PRs.
  • PRs must pass CI to merge. Due to the hardware focus of many Metafetish projects, tests may be difficult to write in languages without proper mocking utilities. Therefore, Code Coverage increase is nice, but not required.
  • PRs should have a reviewer if possible, but this is not enforced.

Metafetish organization projects maintain a 'rebase-only' workflow to master when possible, where all branches will be a fast-forward merge. Github PRs should manage this themselves, and will display an error if this is not possible. Project management will be happy to work with you to resolve the issue.

In order to reduce workload of contributors, repo dependencies should be brought in by using the git subtree method instead of git submodules. As this will require upkeep and documentation, please discuss possible repo inclusion with project leads before submitting pull requests with subtree merges.

Project Management

For project management, we usually use either Trello or ZenHub, depending on the level of integration needed with the source code repo itself. More information about this is usually included in the README for the specific project.


Non-code documentation for projects is usually done in one of two formats:

  • Markdown, for all README and contributor facing files.
  • org-mode, for large documentation sets and manuals.

As there is currently only one project lead using org-mode (but they write most of the documentation), conversation from org-mode to markdown can happen on request. Similarly, markdown versions of org-mode documents may be checked in to documentation repos as needed.

Large manuals are usually managed using the gitbook format.