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Join to the Hacktoberfest 2020 Celebration
Hacktoberfest is a celebration sponsored by Digital Ocean, intel and Dev that consist in contributing to open source projects on GitHub. Contributing is very beneficial because it helps you to develop your skills at the same time you help others, building your confidence as a developer, it gives you a nice resume and also the opportunity to meet new and talented people. If you want to know more details about Hacktoberfest 2020, you can check the official site for this event.
To encourage participation, Digital Ocean is giving a prize to whose that are able to complete 4 Pull Requests applying the rules of the event. The first 70,000 participants who successfully complete the challenge will be eligible to receive a prize.
Plant a Tree
Digital Ocean in partnership with Tree-Nation, introduced the option to plant a tree instead of receiving a T-shirt as a reward. Tree-Nation is the largest reforestation platform allowing citizens and companies to plant trees all around the world.
This repo seeks to document all of the companies giving away swag for Hacktoberfest 2020 and how you can get your hands on some free gifts for your time and help.
All what you need is a GitHub account and to be registered in the fest. After doing that, submit at least four valid pull requests between October 1-31 to public GitHub repositories with
Hacktoberfest as topic. You can track your progress visiting hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com and remember, you will have to submit at least four pull requests to receive a prize.
Stop Right There
Hold your horses. This event is meant to engage the community into collaboration with meaningful Pull Requests. The shitoverfest Twitter account is a living proof of what a poor follow of the code of conduct can do, and even youtubers like Eddie Jaoude are starting to react to this as well.
Hacktoberfest is a great time to get people involved in Open Source! Being involved in Open Source can help you up skill, network and accelerate your career. However, this year had a lot of spammy pull requests. In this video I will pick out some funny spammy pull requests.
Spam is an interesting thing. You can be sending spam without noticing it. These are my first attempts to participate in Hacktoberfest 2020:
- Game of Life
I wrote an unrequested
nginx.conffile just because I thought everybody would love to have one. As a result, the maintainer said: I’m sorry but I don’t have plan to use docker and nginx right now. Which is understandable because of this:
Pull requests that we consider to be low-quality contributions: Pull requests that are regarded by a project maintainer as a hindrance vs. helping
- First Contributions
Ok, I found an easy to contribute repository and just after I sent my PR I read this.
Bad repositories will be excluded. In the past, we’ve seen many repositories that encourage participants to make simple pull requests – such as adding their name to a file
Therefore, I really recommend to read the quality standards and participation details to avoid endless nights thinking about how bad we have done.
Digital Ocean has useful resources to help the community to start collaborating in no time. You can be a beginner, maintainer, organizer or even a company. If you are a organizer or want to be one, Digital Ocean has a Event Organizer Kit available for free.
At the end, I was able to make a few PRs by the time this article was published, I’m leaving them here as example.