Free T-Shirts Are Destroying Open Source Software

Free T-Shirts Are Destroying Open Source Software

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This year Hacktoberfest has taken a turn for the worse. Starting on the first day of October, thousands of spam pull requests were opened with the sole intent of merging 5 pull requests to gain a free T-shirt. This left a huge burden on maintainers as well as other contributors. In this video I talk about the effect of this year’s Hacktoberfest as well as how it can be fixed.

šŸ§  Concepts Covered:

– What Hacktoberfest is
– The burden Hacktoberfest puts on maintainers
– Why spam pull requests effect more than just the maintainers
– How to improve Hacktoberfest

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ā±ļø Timestamps:

00:00 – Introduction
01:44 – What Is Hacktoberfest?
02:57 – The Spam Problem
05:43 – The Greater Impact of Spam PRs
07:42 – The Solution

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