It’s that time of year again; Open Source, Pull Requests, and T-shirts (or trees)… You probably guessed it, I am talking about Hacktoberfest.
For those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, Hacktoberfest is an international online festival to promote Open Source Software. Every year throughout the month of October you can participate in this huge festival and get rewarded to contribute to any Open Source project on Github.
Hacktoberfest is the perfect moment to contribute, whether you are an experienced OS contributor or a first-timer. And the Strapi repository is open to Hacktoberfest contributions, that’s the occasion to become an official Strapi contributor.
What is Hacktoberfest
Any PR that you make between October 1st and 31st can qualify you to get a reward from Digital Ocean, the organizer of Hacktoberfest. If you got 4 of your Pull Requests accepted by repositories maintainers, you can get a t-shirt or can decide to plant a tree. Pretty nice!
Of course, Hacktoberfest is about more than just winning a t-shirt, it is about being part of an enormous worldwide community interested in participating in the development of the Open Source philosophy. For maintainers this is great, it is the perfect time to share more information about your project and to discuss with people interested in it.
To participate, as a developer, you just have to register for the event with your Github account on the Hacktoberfest website. You’ll then access a dashboard where you can see your PRs status (submitted, accepted, rejected, etc.). The tracking is automatic.
Before telling you more about what we are doing at Strapi for this event, let’s take a minute to go over the Hacktoberfest values.
Everyone is welcome!
Quantity is fun, quality is key.
Short-term action, long-term impact.
We totally share these values here at Strapi and count on you to respect them :)
Hacktoberfest is about having fun, contributing to the projects you care about and learning. We want everyone to enjoy themselves and will be ensuring that everyone abides by the values.
How to contribute to Strapi during Hacktoberfest
What kind of contributions are accepted
First of all, Strapi being Open Source, you can contribute to it whenever you want, not only in October. At any time, you can find all open issues you can propose a fix to, or give feedback.
For Hacktoberfest we really want to provide a good experience to contributors and to help first-timers open a Pull Request for the first time. As we are still a small team here at Strapi, we will target our effort on some well-identified issues that we will review in priority. Starting October 1st, you’ll be able to identify these issues with the “Hacktoberfest” label.
These issues impact different parts of the software and require different skills and knowledge, so everyone should find an interesting issue.