tl;dr: I want to put the code in github, but want to keep the notes taken during development private. How do people generally do it?
There are several papers/tutorials/books in which one can find best practices and practical suggestion on how to organize a bioinfo project. I am following most of those. For each project:
- a folder structures is created, data/docs/results/scripts;
- a markdown file or more detailing all the analysis, the fails, and some of the most important results;
- this put under version control (docs and scripts only) and hosted in bitbucket (private repos because unpublished ).
So far this system has served me well. However, I now have some scripts that could be useful for others, and it is only fair that I share those (github is my choice). This is easy enough to do, but I also have some notes (a markdown document) in the project folder, taken during development that I would rather keep under some form of version control, but not posted publicly. These contain failed approaches, musings, miscellaneous code, etc, that could be useful to figure out later why approach A was chosen, and B failed (am I the only one keeping this type notes?).
How do others do it? Keep a separate, local dev version? Keep notes somewhere else outside the project folder? Am I missing something?
This is not a question as such, since I am mostly interested in opinions on the practical ways that people use to develop and keep notes of (very) small tools/scripts that are made publicly available.