As the creators and maintainers of this project, we want to ensure that the project lives and continues to grow. Not blocked by any singular person's time.
One of the simplest ways of doing this is by encouraging a larger set of shallow contributors. Through this we hope to mitigate the problems of a project that needs updates but there is no-one who has the power to do so.
If you get a merged Pull Request, regardless of content (typos, code, doc fixes), then you'll most likely receive push access to this repository. This is checked for on pull request merges and an invite is sent to you via GitHub.
Offhand, it is easy to imagine that this would make code quality suffer, but in reality it offers fresh perspectives to the codebase and encourages ownership from people who are depending on the project. If you are building a project that relies on this codebase, then you probably have the skills to improve it and offer valuable feedback.
Everyone comes in with their own perspective on what a project could/should look like, and encouraging discussion can help expose good ideas sooner.
Why do we give out push access?
It can be overwhelming to be offered the chance to wipe the source code for a project.
Do not worry, we do not let you push directly to master or any of the version (e.g. v4.x.x) branches, these branches are protected by the review process. We have the convention that someone other than the submitter should merge non-trivial pull requests.
As an organization contributor, you can merge other people's pull requests, or other contributors can merge yours. You will not be assigned a pull request, but you are welcome to jump in and take a code review on topics that interest you - just let others know you're picking up something by tagging in on an existing issue or creating a new one and assigning it to yourself.
This project is not continuously deployed, this leaves space for debate after review and offering everyone the chance to revert, or make an amending pull request. If it feels right and follows the guidelines, then merge.
How can we help you get comfortable contributing?
It is normal for a first pull request to be a potential fix for a problem but moving on from there to helping the project's direction can be difficult.
We try to help contributors cross that barrier by offering good first step issues (labelled
good-first-issue). These issues can be fixed without feeling like you are stepping on toes. Ideally, these are non-critical issues that are well defined. They will be purposely avoided by mature contributors to the project, to make space for others.
Additionally issues labelled
help-wanted can also be picked up, these may not necessarily require code changes but rather help with debugging and finding the cause of the issue whether it's a bug or an users incorrect setup of the library or project.
We aim to keep all project discussion inside GitHub issues. This is to make sure valuable discussion is accessible via search. If you have questions about how to use the library, or how the project is running - GitHub issues are the goto tool for this project.
What if you only know how to develop for one platform?
This is normal don't worry - not everyone can develop native code for Obj-C and Java, we understand that.
Although we won't merge Pull Requests unless they support all applicable platforms, we do however recommend that you still submit a PR
for the Platform that you do know and then label it as either
android-help-wanted (or post a comment requesting it to be labelled).
This will allow other contributors to help add the missing platform support by making changes to your existing PR.
Our expectations on you as a contributor
Do not ever feel bad for not contributing to open source.
We want contributors to provide ideas, keep the ship shipping and to take some of the load from others. It is non-obligatory; we’re here to get things done in an enjoyable way. :trophy:
The fact that you will have push access will allow you to:
- Avoid having to fork the project if you want to submit other pull requests as you will be able to create branches directly on the project.
- Help triage issues and merge pull requests.
- Pick up the project if other maintainers move their focus elsewhere.
It is up to you to use those superpowers or not though 😉
We ask though that you follow the conduct guidelines set out in our Code of Conduct throughout your contribution journey.
What about if you have problems that cannot be discussed in a public issue?
You can reach out to us directly via Discord direct messages or Twitter if you'd like to discuss something privately, alternatively you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org