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Luke Westby Author • Edited

i'm actually a little skeptical of this approach. there's a lot of variance in how a community's culture informs open source contribution, in how a particular maintainer or core team approaches contribution, and in the experience of the person taking this advice. i worry that someone who is new to open source or to programming in general might try to apply it to a project where pull requests aren't the primary way to contribute and then end up feeling discouraged by the results of that interaction.

that is to say, contributing to an open source project is more than just writing and reviewing code and treating it that way can be a net negative.