If you're building a premium course with us, you'll need to adhere to certain guidelines that help us ensure a consistent and high-quality experience for our learners. This article isn't about the specific guidelines that we apply (you can read more about those here), but rather how and when they are applied.

Non-master (i.e. development) branches

As you're developing your course, you are likely working on a non-master branch of your course, merging changes into the master branch as they are reviewed by your DataCamp course developer. Every time you save your changes in the editor, you'll trigger a new "build" of the course, during which we automatically check your course content against the guidelines. If you've violated any of the guidelines, you'll see messages like this in the "Builds" tab of your course dashboard:

Because you're working on a non-master branch, we assume your course is a work-in-progress and these guidelines will be resolved before going live. For this reason, the guidelines appear as warnings, but won't cause your builds to fail (notice the build finished, despite the guideline violations).

Master branch

Given the master branch of your course is generally reserved for the most recent "production-ready" version of your content, we expect guidelines to be met on master. This means that guideline violations will actually cause builds to fail on master, which will look something like this:

Future directions

We realize that it can be difficult (and perhaps a bit frustrating) to adhere to a number of guidelines, but we assure you they've been developed with care, over a long period of time, and based upon evidence we have about how our learners learn best.

That said, we want you to focus as much as possible on creating high-quality data science content and not about meeting these deadlines, so over time we'll be moving these warnings out of the build logs and into the editor.

This way you'll be notified right away when you're not meeting one or more guidelines (e.g. if you exceed the maximum word count in an instructions field, or have too many exercises in a chapter) without having to toggle back and forth between the editor and the build logs.

If you ever have questions, don't hesitate to ask. We're here for you!

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