During the month of October, LifterLMS will be celebrating open source with our second annual Hacktoberfest event: LifterLMS Contributor Month.
Hacktoberfest is a month-long open source community event organized by DigitalOcean and Dev.
LifterLMS will be participating in Hacktoberfest as a project maintainer. We encourage anyone to submit pull requests to any of the LifterLMS codebases found on GitHub.
Contributing to open source projects is a great way to learn, practice your skills, meet new people, have your voice heard within a community, and build a public reputation you can take with you outside the project.
Who can Contribute
Anyone with a GitHub account can submit a pull request. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for free.
You don’t have to be a developer or coder to contribute. LifterLMS will accept contributions from QA testers, user experience and interface designers, documenters, and more! If you’re interested in participating but you don’t know how, you can get in touch us with us and we’ll be happy to get you pointed in the right direction based on your unique set of skills and talents.
How to Contribute
Whether you’re a designer, developer, want to help with documentation, or something else entirely we have a task for you!
If you’re looking to write or improve new code, tests, or documentation, head over to our the LifterLMS GitHub repo and start looking through our existing issues. We’re using the special
hacktoberfest tag for issues we feel would be ideal for first-time or new contributors to tackle during this event. You can view all these issues here. You could also check out our good first time contributor issues here.
If you plan to work on an issue please comment and let us know. This will help prevent collisions or duplicate efforts with other contributors.
Please review our contributor’s guidelines and ensure you’re adhering to our coding and documentation standards before submitting a PR!
You may also want to familiarize yourself with how to write and submit pull requests, and DigitalOcean has a great guide you can review here.
Finally, make sure you sign up for the official Hacktoberfest event so your eligible to win an official limited edition event shirt.
Rewards for Contributions
In addition to the satisfaction inherent in contributing to an open source project, we’ll be awarding prizes to anyone who contributes to LifterLMS during the month of October.
Submit at least one pull request and win a LifterLMS Contributor Month sticker package.
Submit three or more pull requests and get the sticker pack and a LifterLMS t-shirt, baseball cap, or mug (your choice).
Additionally, every accepted pull request will provide you with an entry into a drawing for a free LifterLMS add-on license of your choice valued up to $199.00.
All pull requests will be reviewed by the LifterLMS team by November 30, 2019. Only accepted pull requests count towards your contribution count.
Resources for Contributors
During the month of October we have several events to help support anyone looking to contribute:
October 1, 2019: Monthly Bug Scrub
Our monthly bug scrub is an open public meeting held on Zoom with notes recorded in Slack on the
Check out our contributor’s calendar for specifics in your timezone.
October 2, 2019: LifterLMS Contributor Month Kickoff Webinar
Join Thomas Patrick Levy, our technical co-founder and lead developer, for “Contributing to LifterLMS: A guide to open source projects for new contributors.”
The webinar will outline how to get started as a new contributor. If you have any questions, you can bring them to the Q&A section of the webinar. This webinar will be available as a replay if you miss the live session!
Register here if you’re interested in attending.
In addition to our weekly Wednesday Developer Office Hours held in Slack in the
#developers channel, we’ll also be hosting short dev chats on Mondays and Fridays.
These informal chats are a great opportunity to interact with LifterLMS core developers and other contributors.
If you have any questions about any contributions you want to make, if you’re just getting started, or if you want to just say hello and keep Thomas company, these dev chats are for you (and you don’t have to be a developer to join).
Check out our contributor’s calendar for more details on these events.