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Documentation practices

What should contain?

  • Short description of what the service or product is
  • Installation instructions
    • How to run the software from the ready-made Docker image
    • Prerequisites
    • How to get the software up and running locally
    • Dependent services needed to run (pointers)
    • Configuration instructions
  • How to enable debug output
  • Links to public information
    • Where the issue tracking is i.e. link to backlog
    • API documentation (OpenAPI / GraphiQL)
    • Whether builds are working or failing
    • Links to CI/CD and monitoring dashboards
  • How to contribute to the software (PR and whom to contact if it's not getting merged), can be a separate
  • Contact points, people responsible or a role (email?) address for its developers - e.g.
  • Open dev / test / staging / production environments (to try it out)
    • Frontend links to "normal user" and staff / admin user entry points
    • Backend links to interactive API browser (swagger/GraphiQL/Django's API browser)
  • Connected services (dependents and dependees)

What should contain?

Example template:

Contributions are accepted as pull requests. Please observe our coding
practices at .
Please make your pull requests short, elegant and only handling one
issue at a time!
If you make a pull request, you may also want to contact
<INSERT SERVICE'S ROLE ADDRESS> to tell about your contribution.
Our contribution handling guidelines are at

Also see the of this developer site.

GitHub templates

Templates for pull requests, bug reports and feature requests can be found in the repository. Modify these to suit the project if needed. Read more about templates on GitHub.

Pull request template

## Description
## Issues
### Closes
### Related
## Testin
### Automated tests
### Manual testing
## Screenshots
## Additional notes

Bug report

**Describe the bug**
A clear and concise description of what the bug is.
**To Reproduce**
Steps to reproduce the behavior:
1. Go to '...'
2. Click on '....'
3. Scroll down to '....'
4. See error
**Expected behavior**
A clear and concise description of what you expected to happen.
If applicable, add screenshots to help explain your problem.
**Desktop (please complete the following information):**
- OS: [e.g. iOS]
- Browser [e.g. chrome, safari]
- Version [e.g. 22]
**Smartphone (please complete the following information):**
- Device: [e.g. iPhone6]
- OS: [e.g. iOS8.1]
- Browser [e.g. stock browser, safari]
- Version [e.g. 22]
**Additional context**
Add any other context about the problem here.

Feature request

**Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.**
A clear and concise description of what the problem is. Ex. I'm always frustrated when [...]
**Describe the solution you'd like**
A clear and concise description of what you want to happen.
**Describe alternatives you've considered**
A clear and concise description of any alternative solutions or features you've considered.
**Additional context**
Add any other context or screenshots about the feature request here.