Even though the DigitalOcean team has done a fantastic job creating a helpful FAQs page on the Hacktoberfest website, I have noticed Hacktoberfest newbies asking the following questions repeatedly. Hope this post helps answers some of the additional FAQs and saves the Hacktoberfest maintainers some time:
A monthlong celebration of open source software brought to you by DigitalOcean, Intel, and DEV. Make four or more high-quality, meaningful pull requests to open source projects on GitHub in October to earn a t-shirt or plant a tree.
After you log in to the Hacktoberfest website with your GitHub account, it'll track the Pull Requests you make in the October.
You can open pull requests for any open source project on GitHub as long as it isn't a spam repository banned by Hacktoberfest community managers (for example: "Add your name" type of repository). For more information, see https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/details
Yes, but it's encouraged to contribute to other repositories instead
No, your pull requests need not be merged to count, but they must not be marked "invalid" by the project maintainer. More details here: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/details
good-first-issue can be a confusing label.
good-first-issue doesn't necessarily mean an easy issue for code newbies; it can mean it's an easy issue to get started with the codebase for that project. For example, the CockroachDB
good-first-issue are good issues for Go developers who want to get started with CockroachDB contributions. For new developers, we recommend checking out the CockroachDB To-Do apps project or CockroachDB docs project instead.
The first 70,000 folks to make 4 PRs in the month of October will be eligible to get a t-shirt.
The Hacktoberfest community managers estimate they won't run out of t-shirts well into the third week of October.