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ProTip: Digital Ocean, Please Don’t Do This.

30 October 2015

Digital Ocean, who I assume are very nice people and meant well, did a Hacktoberfest event in which people were encouraged to submit a pull request to any open source GitHub project. In exchange, “contributors” would get a t-shirt.

You can probably guess what happened:

sigmavirus24: Hey @digitalocean your October pull request event has done nothing but wreak havoc on projects I maintain. I’ve had to reject too many PRs

Reviewing pull requests is a lot of work. Getting buried under trivial pull requests by people who are only after a t-shirt is a great way to get people to take projects private. Please don’t use open source projects as free marketing.

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