DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest is Hurting Open Source

blog post arguing hacktoberfest is a ddos attack on open source maintainers by digital ocean lol


This is the FAQ they reference:

As a maintainer, how should I handle spam pull requests?

We dislike seeing spam pull requests just as much as you, so please give them an invalid or spam label and close them. Pull requests that contain a label with the word invalid or spam won’t be counted toward Hacktoberfest.

Generating spam as social externality for their marketing campaign… wow.

I really want to be motivated by this, but the blog post listed several companies they are leveraging against each other. This is a like a D&D holy war, with mortals trying to get their gawds to do something punitive against the other gawds on Twitter. I mean Realmspace. Whatever!

Thanks for the share. :slight_smile:


Oh! Woke up to say they should tag it something like digital-ocean-spam.