I saw an interesting idea on the Ratpack Github issue tracker. They have
a Tag for “Good First Contribution” for newbies to find an issue and
contribute a patch back. It can be daunting looking through 100’s of issues
trying to find one that is simple to start and not a rabbit hole. Also the
tag could also mean the person reporting it or who tagged it could help
guide the person through the issue.
Also this is helpful when running a Chef Hackathon or Hacker Garden to
help new people contribute back in a short amount of time.
I participated in the Hacker Garden at GR8Conf, was a lot of fun to
contribute a feature back in ~3 hours to Ratpack.
- Different than a hackathon, not competing to win but tending the garden
of our software community (bugs/docs/features/etc).