1. Create a crappy blog thing as an “open source” repo on GitHub.

  2. Make some PRs to yourself, and label them with hacktoberfest-accepted.

  3. Profit.

At first I was a little worried that Digital Ocean would not be fooled by these shenanigans, but I needn’t have worried. It was a little annoying that I had to wait two weeks for the first PR to “mature.” I thought that I might have to make some real contributions to open source in order to get a T-shirt.

Making real contributions to open source is a good thing, but some people have jobs and spend too much time working. Almost all of my open source contributions have been related to work. So…don’t spam open source projects with bogus PRs.