It’s that time of the year again, with the pumpkin lattes, Oktoberfest and of course Hacktoberfest, sponsored by Digital Ocean, AppWrite, Intel and DeepSource. Here’s the description from the official Hacktoberfest website:
Support open source throughout October!
Hacktoberfest encourages participation in the open source community, which grows bigger every year. Complete the 2021 challenge and earn a limited edition T-shirt.
To sign up to participate, you will need to have either a GitHub account or a GitLab account. As I have a GitHub account, I went with the GitHub option. I had to authorize Hacktoberfest read-only access to my profile information.
Even so you might have to fill in a couple of fields. You may choose to participate as any non-empty combination of participant, maintainer or event organizer.
You may opt in to receive updates from the Hacktoberfest sponsors. And you definitely have to read the rules, and agree to follow them:
- “Pull requests can be submitted to any opted-in repository on GitHub or GitLab.”
- “The pull request must contain commits you made yourself.”
- “If a maintainer reports your pull request as spam, it will not be counted toward your participation in Hacktoberfest.”
- “If a maintainer reports behavior that’s not in line with the project’s code of conduct, you will be ineligible to participate.”
- “To get a shirt, you must make four approved pull requests (PRs) on opted-in projects between October 1–31 in any time zone.”
- “This year, the first 50,000 participants can earn a T-shirt.”
I’ve signed up as both a participant and a maintainer. As I understand it, your own repositories don’t count for participation. And even if that isn’t the case, I wouldn’t want to get any prize that way.