DigitalOcean is running an event called “Hacktoberfest” (homepage). The purpose of the event is to attract more people to open source/free software contribution.
People are invited to participate in Hacktoberfest by making pull requests to public projects on GitHub. By the rules of Hacktoberfest each person gets a T-shirt as a reward after creating 5 legitimate pull requests to any project on GitHub during October.
I propose for diaspora project to take part in this event.
The main way for a project to take part is to mark some issues on the GitHub with a label “hacktoberfest”. At the homepage of Hacktoberfest there is a link that makes a search among issues with this label, so people who are searching for a place to contribute can find our issues there.
Since the event is targeted for newcomers we can probably mark
newcomers issues with the hacktoberfest label. https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/labels/newcomer
Also I think that
quickfix labeled issues are also good for marking them for Hacktoberfest. https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/labels/help%20wanted https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/labels/quickfix
Another way to participate in Hacktoberfest is to make a publication from diaspora hq account with some information about Hacktoberfest and its rules. In the publication we would invite people to contribute to diaspora and other projects on GitHub and make a promise to provide support for the newcomers by our usual communication channels.
We should also check other diaspora-related repositories to mark out other possible ways to contribute. PRs for our website or documentation (e.g. API spec) will count too.