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From Christopher <ctubb...@apache.org>
Subject Hacktoberfest 2019
Date Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:36:32 GMT
"Are you ready for #Hacktoberfest 2019? Support Open Source in October
and earn a limited edition T-shirt! @DigitalOcean @ThePracticalDev
https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ "

The above line is the canned promo tweet from the Hacktoberfest
website, but it summarizes the event better than I could.
Hacktoberfest is a pretty cool annual event that tries to encourage
open source contributions with giveaways (t-shirt, stickers). It also
helps connect potential contributors with repos that are accepting
contributions by using GitHub labels on issues. In our communities at
Apache, committers can take advantage of this event to try to attract
new contributors by labeling issues on GitHub with the "help wanted"
or "Hacktoberfest" label (typically, low-bar, "newbie" type are best).

If anybody is interested, I'd encourage you to participate and spread
the word, and those of us who are committers to make use of the labels
on GitHub issues.

If you are a current user of open source, but haven't contributed...
consider making your first contribution to fix that annoying bug or
documentation gap that's been bothering you! This is a great
opportunity to break the ice with an open source community and get a
t-shirt in the process!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the Hacktoberfest event or its
sponsors. I've merely participated in past years and find it a good
opportunity to encourage open source and to grow our Apache

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