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# Community guidelines
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This document serves to describe the processes that outline our interaction with the community in general and contributors in particular. All participants must comply with our [CODE_OF_CONDUCT](https://git.physik.uni-wuerzburg.de/ALF/ALF/-/blob/master/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md).
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## Contributing
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We gladly accept patches for bugfixes, portability enhancements or new features! Remember to check our [README](https://git.physik.uni-wuerzburg.de/ALF/ALF/-/blob/master/README.md) and [ROADMAP](https://git.physik.uni-wuerzburg.de/ALF/ALF/-/blob/master/ROADMAP.md).
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## Becoming a Core Developer
Someone who is already a core developer needs to create a public issue on our gitlab
that describes who you are and why you can contribute to the ALF Project in the long run.
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Then we vote. You are accepted if all (the group of owners) agree.
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## Getting access to the Development repository.
Someone who already has access must open a public issue on our gitlab that describes
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why someone needs access to the development code. The other developers are required to declare
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that their projects are not affected by the work of the new person.

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## Release cycle
ALF is an Open Source project available under a GPL license.
It has a major release cycle with a major release with an associated publication
about every three years and minor releases in april and october of each year.
ALF-2.0 was realeased in 2020.

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## Reporting issues
Write a ticket!

## Getting support
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Write us an e-mail at alf@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de or chat at our [Discord server](https://discord.gg/VppWWEPMHa).