As part of our long-term effort to encourange more community contributions, LoopBack is going to participate in this year’s Hacktoberfest.

What is Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest is an annual event encouraging participation in the open source community, open to everyone. Whether you’re new to development, a student, or a long-time contributor, you can help drive the growth of open source and make positive impact on an ever-growing community. All backgrounds and skills levels are encouraged to complete the challenge.

You can learn more about Hacktoberfest values at https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/details#values.

Participants completing the challenge (contributing at least 4 valid pull requests) will earn a limited edition T-shirt.

Please note that any prizes are subject to conditions set by Hacktoberfest. IBM and the LoopBack team are not involved and not responsible in any way.

How to participate

Joining the effort is simple. Just pick any problem that is itching you and send a pull request to fix it. You can also choose one of LoopBack’s issues labelled as Hacktoberfest or good first issue if you need inspiration.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with Hacktoberfest’s Participation rules and Quality standards; and also LoopBack’s Contributing guide.

Are you new to open source? No problem, we have you covered! Check out Hacktoberfest’s Beginners guides and LoopBack’s guide on submitting a pull request to LoopBack 4.

For the entire month of October, LoopBack’s maintainers team will be giving extra priority to pull request reviews and helping new contributors along their journey to the first accepted contribution.

Focus areas

We are primarily looking for quick wins with long term impact: small enhancements improving your day-to-day experience while using LoopBack.

As you may know, we have introduced a new documentation system in June to better organize the content and make it easier to find the information you need (see New Documentation Structure and Alignment Along Abstraction Levels). The reorganization is still in progress and we would love to get some help. In particular, extracting recipes from “Concepts” explanations into proper “How-to guides” is an easy way how to quickly score valuable pull requests. See the GitHub issue loopback-next#5783 for the list of docs pages to rework.

Having said that, all improvements are welcome!

Closing thoughts

We are looking forward to receive and eventually land your pull requests. Let’s make LoopBack a better framework together!