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How to make Hacktoberfest contributions counted in not opted-in project

This year, there is a major change in how contributions are counted.

Unlike in previous years, 2020 Hacktoberfest contributions must be made in projects that have specifically chosen to join the celebration.

Each PR must be made on Hacktoberfest-classified repos. Your PRs will either need to be merged, approved, or labeled as hacktoberfest-accepted in order to add to the total count.

Read more about this change on note from DigitalOcean and post from The DEV Team. ❤️

This is bad for people who would like to contribute to their favorite projects which haven't opted-in. You may open random PRs to your own repos but this is still spammy.

There is a solution better than that.

Solution

Note: This is an example pull request. You must make a contribution that is meaningful and follows PR etiquette.

Update (2020/10/05 15:00 UTC): No longer need the first step.

  1. Tag your fork repository with hacktoberfest. hacktoberfest eligible fork
  2. Beside create a pull request back to the origin repository, create a pull request to the default branch inside the fork repository. create a pull request in fork
  3. Label that pull request with hacktoberfest-accepted.

Now that pull request in fork will be counted toward completing the Hacktoberfest challenge! 🎉

counted pull request

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Prathamesh Mali

Dude I've made the PR before 3 oct but not opted in hacktoberfest so will they consider my PR?

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Thew Dhanat Author

Yes, you can check your hacktoberfest profile.

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Prathamesh Mali

I've checked it it shows that I've submitted 4 PRs for hacktober Fest challenge. Thanks for the help.

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Jayesh Tembhekar ⚡

I wonder, Is it Okay to do this?

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Thew Dhanat Author • Edited on

I think it is ok if you are doing valuable contributions. Since this change, many people have complaint that existing tagged project is not suitable for them.

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Jayesh Tembhekar ⚡

I have already made a PR on my own repo. Can I do another one? or should I look for other's repo?
I only need one to complete my 4PRs.

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Jérémie Astor

How can I make sure my repos are Hacktoberfest-classified?
I already had some PR, I have to make sure I did things right 😄

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Thew Dhanat Author

You can check your hacktoberfest profile.

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Jérémie Astor

Thank you!

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Shannon Crabill

You may open random PRs to your own repos but this is still spammy.

I'm not sure how your solution is much different.

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Lakshya Singh

Wow this is certainly a way for people to just get Freebie without making proper and valid hacktoberfest contribution and hats off to you for promoting and providing this method 🙇🏻

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Thew Dhanat Author

Actually, you can create PRs to your own repository if you really want Freebie. I'm thinking to obscure some steps to prevent no-brainer.