I know many developers out there have started their open source journey with this festival which is promoting open source community. And I congratulate those developers and Digital Ocean as well.
We all know that Pull Requests are the heart of collaboration. Whenever someone opens a PR, they propose their changes and request that someone review their changes and merge them.
But on the other hand there is this problem which revolves around the free T-Shirt which is given to developer who submits 4 PRs. I actually like the concept. Nevertheless, there are individuals who are not motivated to jump in the open source world but just wants to get the free T-Shirt. And to do so they are ready to stoop to a level where they open completely rubbish PRs.
I read this article on Domenic's Blog which took it too far to say
Hacktoberfest is a corporate-sponsored distributed denial of service attack against the open source maintainer community.
And it lead to a chain of reactions from people around the world.
Then there are so many reddit conversations where developers are giving their reactions.
On the positive side, I read this on Hacktoberfest's official site-
Support open source and pick a limited edition T-shirt or plant a tree.
So, What do you think about this? and what solution can you suggest for this situation?