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.