Hacktoberfest is right around the corner! I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to do a once-over of your repos to prepare for an influx of new contributors.
Here are some helpful hints:
Clear up whether labeled issues are being worked on or open for someone to grab
" The downside is that a lot of the labeled issues have often already been grabbed in the comments by other new contributors, and it isn’t always clear whether or not they are still working on them, sometimes months later."
Create (or refresh) a page on your website or in your documentation specifically devoted to Hacktoberfest
It’s helpful to provide basic information to help new contributors get started, for example by linking to https://github.com/firstcontributions/first-contributions
Check to be sure that you have open issues, especially documentation issues, that are beginner-friendly
Often for a first-time open source contributor, docs issues are the most straightforward. Since one of the biggest hurdles to OSS contributing is just getting one’s environment set up correctly, we want the issue itself to be super duper straightforward.
Promote your participation on your discussion channels, and point newcomers to the best places to go for help
Getting ahead of the confused newbie by telling them where to go for assistance helps to cut down on misdirected forum/mailing list traffic.
If others have helpful hints or best practices for a successful Hacktoberfest, please share them by replying all!
Gina Helfrich, Ph.D.
Director of Communications and Culture