Monthly Challenge for September, 2021: Preptember! Get open source ready.

This month, we have two tracks. Maintainers will be reviewing their open source repos with our checklist to make sure their projects are ready for Hacktoberfest contributions, and our contributors will be looking at their favorite repos and writing good issues as needed.

Challenge Team Leads & Facilitators: Aurelie Verrot & Andrew Bush


Theme

Get open source ready!

Challenge

Maintainers: Evaluate your open source project and complete the checklist before the end of September.

Contributors: Following the guide, create and submit a good issue to one of your favorite open source repos.

Maintainers

Preparing your open source project for contributions is one of the best ways to create a community of contributors that last beyond Hacktoberfest. Your repository should have a clear path for communication, a good explanation of how to run the project, and clear issues. Our guide will help you to not only prepare your project, but to be added to the list of Virtual Coffee endorsed projects for our Hacktoberfest Initiative.

Contributors

The first step in becoming a good contributor is being able to navigate an open source repository and understand the time and effort maintainers put in to making sure their projects are welcoming to contributors. Writing an issue ensures that you have an understanding of the communication process, you've done the work to make sure that the same issue doesn't exist, and you've clearly described the need for the issue and have provided any information or screenshots necessary to help others to understand how to navigate the issue. Remember, you don't have to have the solution, just to be able to clearly explain the issue.

How to Participate

Weekly check-ins

Are you making progress? Every Monday of the month, set your goals for the week and let's check-in on Fridays in slack.

Example Goals for Week One

  1. Maintainers - Review your README and CONTRIBUTING.md files.
  2. Contributors - Look through your favorite repos to see if there's an issue you could create.

How do I share my progress?

Share your progress in the #monthly-challenge channel in Slack. While no other platform is imposed, it can be a good idea to also share on social media for more reach but only if you are comfortable to do so (Twitter using -or not- the hashtag #VCMonthlyChallenge, a personal blog, a post on DEV.to, you get the idea)

Sharing every time some work is added is a good idea, small progress is still progress. No need to write a detailed blog post: a 140 characters Tweet can be enough. For example: Today I updated my README to give instructions on how to run my project.

What if I need help?

You can ask a question in the #help-and-pairing VC channel, ask for ideas in the #open-source channel, or join the VC co-working room. Asking for help is part of the process!

And remember, we're always here to help ❤️

Completing the Challenge!

Once you've completed the challenge, post a link to your issue in slack or to your open source repository in our discussion.

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