Hacktoberfest - open-source for all

2017-10-04

Hello, open-source enthusiasts!

The DigitalOcean starts an awesome event called Hacktoberfest. Here is a brief overview from the official site:

To get a shirt, you must make four pull requests between October 1–31 in any timezone. Pull requests can be to any public repo on GitHub, not just the ones we’ve highlighted. The pull request must contain commits you made yourself. Pull requests reported by maintainers as spam or that are automated will be marked as invalid and won’t count towards the shirt.

I think this event is cool because it popularises open-source, so lots of people who have never contributed before, now start doing it or at least thinking about it.

But what about open-source projects?

When I’m looking at where people contribute to I see that usually they contribute to project which they already know or to which they have contributed before. But shouldn’t we use such event as an opportunity for popularization of new, small and unknown projects too?

As we all know the power of open-source world is based on contribution. And I think we should use Hacktoberfest as a basis for development of small projects.

What if we help each other?

I have came up with two ideas how we can help projects’ maintainers to tell about their work:

  • I have made a corresponding thread on reddit where you can leave a comment about your project just like that.
  • Let’s use special hashtag on twitter #Hacktoberfest_prj

If someone has a better idea you are welcome!