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'24 Pull Requests' Suggests Contributing Code For Christmas ( 30

An anonymous reader writes: "On December 1st, 24 Pull Requests will be opening its virtual doors once again, asking you to give the gift of a pull request to an open source project in need," writes UK-based software developer Andrew Nesbitt -- noting that last year the site registered more than 16,000 pull requests. "And they're not all by programmers. Often the contribution with the most impact might be an improvement to technical documentation, some tests, or even better -- guidance for other contributors."

This year they're even touting "24 Pull Requests hack events," happening around the world from Lexington, Kentucky to Torino, Italy. (Last year 80 people showed up for an event in London.) "You don't have to hack alone this Christmas!" suggests the site, also inviting local communities and geek meetups (as well as open source-loving companies) to host their own events.

Contributing to open source projects can also beef up your CV (for when you're applying for your next job), the site points out, and "Even small contributions can be really valuable to a project."

"You've been benefiting from the use of open source projects all year. Now is the time to say thanks to the maintainers of those projects, and a little birdy tells me that they love receiving pull requests!"
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'24 Pull Requests' Suggests Contributing Code For Christmas

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Pull requests are ignored.

    Open source contributions on a CV are ignored.

    Pull my other leg, you goddamned liar.

    • "Pull my other leg, you goddamned liar."

      I see they pulled your finger.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Act now! Contribute code today and your pull request might be reviewed by Christmas 2019.

        If you love to waste your time and effort doing work that will sit and rot and never be used, by all means, get involved with open source. You will soon learn that there is no such thing as community in the open source community and collaboration simply does not occur.

        You can contribute code to a project that completes a task from the to-do list of things the maintainers say they want contributors to do, and your contri

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Open source contributions on a CV are ignored.

      Not sure about that. Companies are desperate for people who can actually program, as opposed to people who just have a degree. Anything that shows your programming skills will significantly increase your chances of getting a job.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Today... is Christmas!
      There will be an open source meetup at zero-nine-thirty!
      Charlie will tell you about how open source will conquer Capitalism.
  • by DeplorableCodeMonkey ( 4828467 ) on Sunday December 03, 2017 @05:18PM (#55669117)

    Every FOSS project should be on guard, year round, for PRs like the one that caused all Hell to break loose in the NodeJS world where over gendered pronouns. The sort of person who wants to actually fight over basic language structure is inherently a toxic personality and is going to do more to cripple a project, including "diversity and inclusion" than anyone else short of taking on open bigots who fly their hatred freak flag high for all to see.

    So by all means, encourage everyone to contribute, but be vigilant for these toxic personalities and be prepared to tell them to go fuck themselves in the name of protecting peace on the project.

    • I had to google this NodeJS debacle. This is amazing.

      The fact that Noordhuis attempted to revert the pronoun changes [] after another admin approved them is especially boorish.

    • by nyet ( 19118 )

      My favorite part is the condescending mansplaining (no irony there, no!) of why gender neutral pronouns are more important than anything else on the planet.

  • by Ayano ( 4882157 ) on Sunday December 03, 2017 @06:50PM (#55669467)
    My contributors sent to me..

    They truly missed a great pun here...
  • Why cant people who code get to enjoy Christmas too?
    Why do experts have to give up their Christmas to write code for some project?

    Find a few days every year not to have to work for other people on their projects.

    Get time to enjoy Christmas again.
  • You realize that you want some feature, X, from an open source project, and nobody on the dev team wants to do it or thinks its high enough priority, so you roll up your sleeves and make it happen, and after going through an arduous code review process that you spend the better part of a week trying to accommodate, they suddenly they get all like "can you fix this?"or "can you help us with that?" and you end up essentially working for free for several months out of the same sense of just wanting to help t

    • by flux ( 5274 )

      > they suddenly they get all like "can you fix this?"or "can you help us with that?" and you end up essentially working for free for several months

      Man, you need to learn to say "No". Or lie, "Sorry, I'm busy".

      Nevertheless, this has not been my experience at all. Perhaps I've contributed to projects with less needy people running it.

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