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Jerod Santo
Jerod Santo

Posted on • Originally published at changelog.com

Get your #Hacktoberfest shirt without writing a lick of code

Hacktoberfest is here once again, and we devs will do just about anything for a free shirt.

However, there's a war inside us. The Acquire Free Swag inclination is at odds with the Be Super Lazy inclination, leaving many wondering... "What's the absolute easiest route to that sweet, sweet swag?!"

Good news, everyone!

We have two repos where your contribution is functionally equivalent to hitting the Hacktoberfest Easy Button:


Both are Markdown-based, so there's no coding required. They're also integrated directly in to our open source CMS, so merged improvements go live on changelog.com immediately.

All you have to do is pick an episode, have a listen, and improve its [transcript|notes]. You'll be contributing back to the community, earning a free shirt, and hardly working at all. That's a win/win/win.

Oh, and did I mention we have one of the quickest merge buttons in The 'Verse? What are you waiting for...

Do it DO IT

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Sebastian-Nielsen • Edited

So let me see if I understood this correctly ... I create a pull request that involvs a change in one of their transcripts, perhaps I found a spelling mistake, and then I will as a reward get a free t-shirt for contributing ?

Do you they contact me or anything, how do I get that sweet t-shirt :)

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Jerod Santo Author

Register for Hacktoberfest right here and then they will automatically track how many PRs you open during the month. It takes 5 PRs opened to earn a shirt, but that shouldn't be too tough. ✊

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tux0r

That's good - the #hacktoberfest people won't let me participate regularly (because they require Github for no reasonable reason). I might see if I find some time...

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Stargator

They require GitHub, so they can track the number of Pull Requests you did in October.

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tux0r

That would also be possible on Bitbucket where I do all my public work... :(

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Stargator

But Hacktoberfest is a GitHub only thing, right? It's a partnership between DigitalOcean and GitHub to just encourage more open source contributions.

You are right that there's nothing stopping DigitalOcean to include support for GitLab or Bitbucket, but after a few years of Hacktoberfest, it doesn't seem like they are interested.

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tux0r

I did not even think about the reasons, honestly.

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Juan F Gonzalez

I think I'll be able to get some spare time this weekend for this, listening to tech podcasts also sound like a good idea. :)

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Justin Frederiksen

Done one so far, but I thought it was pretty fun so I'd like to keep listening and helping out even after Hacktoberfest is over! Thanks for the opportunities!

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Jerod Santo Author

Awesome, glad you're enjoying the show! πŸ™Œ

(and thanks for the help πŸ€—)

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Donna Hogan

Is there a list of episodes whose transcript or show notes needs attention?

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Jerod Santo Author

Unfortunately, no such list exists. The best way to find an episode is:

  1. Peruse the catalog (our master feed has every episode we put out)
  2. Pick one that interests you
  3. βŒƒf or ⌘f search in your browser for the term 'unintelligible'

Hope that helps! Btw, if you are at all interested in Plex, I noticed our most recent episode of Backstage has a bunch of unintelligible sections that need fixin'! πŸ’š

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Donna Hogan

Thank you! I just went in and fixed 17 [unintelligible]s for that episode and had fun too <3

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JSON

do you shoulder shipping fees? :D

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Anthony Bouvier

Well, the author doesn't, but Digital Ocean does. This is a month long event and yeah you don't pay any shipping fees (well, to the US you don't, I don't know if this is open everywhere honestly. Hopefully it is.)