Hi. First: thanks for your time. It’s clear that you spent more effort than merely opening a one-line-PR to get a t-shirt.
However, I just had a little internal chat, and unfortunately, we will not be adding the
Having a healthy Free and Open Source ecosystem is important, and getting new people interested in contributing is excellent. However, engagement has to happen because people are actually interested in Open Source and the projects they contribute to, not because of a simple reward.
Hacktoberfest was a great idea in its first years, but the larger it got, the more bad things happened. Last year, and even more so this year, the entire FOSS space has seen a massive amount of people submitting absolute trashy Pull Requests to random repos just because they want a tshirt. Those contributors do not add anything meaningful to the project, they will not stay around after they got their reward, and they cause a lot of stress and additional work for open source maintainers.
There are many problems with Hacktoberfest in its current form. As long as they don’t do their job of validating the work so that actual quality is valued over quantity, I have to classify Hacktoberfest as a (surprisingly effective) marketing campaign for DO, offering shallow rewards for mostly negligible improvements at the cost of annoying a lot of maintainers and wasting a lot of time.