@sir if people are desperate for a t-shirt they should create a repo and send PR to their repo instead. That way at least the spamtoberfest doesn’t hurt anybody.
There is no condition for the PR to be eligible other than be made on a public repo and not be flagged.
If you don’t know how to contribute to a project, please refrain yourself from doing it and wasting maintainers’ time!
@sir One thing I’d like to point out: those aren’t bots making PRs. They’re actual, Indian university students. I know, because I am one.
Here’s what happens:
We have a shitton of engineering schools, all offering CS.
All these students get exposed to the concept of “open source”, because of Google and Microsoft-backed college workshops, and subsequently, GitHub.
This is especially predominant during Hacktoberfest because student clubs conduct “Intro to GitHub” workshops or something along the lines.
So, driven by the prospect of getting a free T-shirt, and the notion that getting a PR accepted is something celebratory (they post it on LinkedIn!), they proceed to make these low-effort PRs.
It’s the classic Indian mindset—the overzealous urge to chase anything quantifiable, to somehow climb the social/professional ladder.
I don’t think it’s driven by malice, but rather incompetence. If you’d noticed, nearly all of these accounts were created in the last week. That’s about when the college workshops start.
@sir That’s a yikes.
> stunt which sends a deluge of low-effort contributions to maintainers
Forgivable use of casual shorthand notwithstanding, "low-effort" is not inherently a problem or a good (inverse) measure of value.
"which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"
@sir the culture of GitHub making heavy-handed and conspicuous the things that should be low-effort is what got is here to begin with
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