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Gift of Open Source FAQs

Learn more about Gift of Open Source and how to get involved.

When Does the Gift of Open Source Begin?

The challenge will begin at 12am PST December 1 and end at 11:59pm PST December 31st.

Who Can Participate?

Open source enthusiasts from all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to contribute. Technical and non-technical contributors are welcome!

How Do I Contribute?

We invite contributions of all kinds! You can contribute code to Drupal core, WordPress core, Pantheon repos, or any other open source project. Whether helping diversify speaker rosters at events, contributing to documentation or coding on WP-CLI, there's something for everyone. All backgrounds and skill levels are invited to contribute!

Where Do I Register?

You can register for the event here. To stay up to date on the latest information, please join the Pantheon Community & the Gift of Open Source Slack.

Will I Receive a Confirmation Email?

No. You can expect to receive an email from our team on Dec 1st with a link to submit your contributions for credit. If you have any questions or concerns about your registration please email our team at

Where Can I Connect with Other Participants?

To connect with other open source enthusiasts & participants please join the Gift of Open Source Slack.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nothing! This is a free event.

What is Open Source?

Open source software is free to use and explore! It refers to the original source code that is made publicly accessible to anyone to contribute, modify and/or redistribute according to the requirement of the user.

What is the Gift of Open Source?

The Gift of Open Source is an annual community challenge that takes place during the month of December. The purpose of this event is to sprinkle some extra cheer during the holiday season by sharing the gift of open source with others!

I Am New to Open Source, Where Do I Begin?

One of the best things about open source, is that there are tons of amazing ways to get involved! And we are here to help support you every step of the way! Check out this list of suggested projects to get started.

How Do I Make a WordPress Contribution?

While coding is what most people think of when contributing there are tons of different ways to contribute to open source. Helping with support tickets, documenting and translating are just a few. Join an existing team or check out the WordPress contribution guide to get started.

How Do I Make a Drupal Contribution?

There are so many ways to contribute to the Drupal project! The Contribute section of includes tons of ideas and information about how to get involved. Or check out the Gift of Open Source 2021 Drupal Association Resource page for tons of excellent first-time contributor resources.

How Do I Make a GitHub Contribution?

GitHub is a code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It brings together the world's largest community of developers to discover, share, and build better software from anywhere in the world. Contribute to an existing project or check out this GitHub contribution guide to get started.

How Do I Make a Contribution to Pantheon?

If you’re a super fan of Pantheon & are interested in contributing to one of our projects, you can find us on GitHub.

What is an Acceptable Contribution? What are the Minimum Requirements?

Our Committee will review submissions for the challenge. Acceptable contributions will improve existing open source projects and contribute to existing issues. Contributions will be reviewed based on whether you moved the issue forward through testing, documentation, a bug fix, or patches. We strongly recommend contributing to a project outside of your day-to-day responsibilities or the organization you belong to.

Who is Responsible for Reviewing & Approving Contributions?

We have a diverse committee dedicated to reviewing all of the amazing contributions that have been submitted throughout the challenge. In the event your contribution does not meet the basic criteria, someone from our committee will follow-up with you directly.

In order to receive credit for your contribution(s) you must provide proof [links] of your contributions here 12:59pm PST Dec. 31st. All participants are encouraged to share a brief overview of their contributions' impact.

Do I Receive a Prize for Participating?

Yes! The first 300 people to register for the event, join the Pantheon Community & contribute to at least two open source projects during the month of December will receive a Gift of Open Source t-shirt! All other participants will receive a mystery swag bag for participating!

In order to receive credit for your contribution(s) you must provide proof [links] of your contributions here by January 1st. All participants are encouraged to share a brief overview of their contributions' impact.

How Else Is Pantheon Giving Back?

We believe in giving back to the open source communities we are part of, by supporting organizations that are committed to making the open web a better place. This year you can help us reach our goal of 500 total contributions and we will donate $5,000 to both the WordPress Foundation and Drupal Association

Learn more about how Pantheon is making a difference!

I Would Love to Be Featured on Pantheon’s Social, What Do I Need to Do?

We would love to hear all about how open source has changed your life! To be featured on one of our social channels, please tag us using the hashtag #GiftOfOpenSource.

I am a Maintainer. How Do I Get My Project Highlighted as Part of the Gift of Open Source?

If you're a maintainer of an open source that could use contributions, we'd love for you to be a part of the Gift of Open Source! We are looking for projects that have open issues for documentation, code, testing, or project management. If you’re interested in including your project in our suggested list, please email All maintainers are encouraged to check out the Maintainer's Guide to learn more.

Please note: If you would like us to share your projects and encourage contributors to check them out, please make sure to use the #giftofopensource tag on those issues.

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 the Gift of Open Source.

How do I encourage contributions to my repos?

First, classify your repository with the gift-of-open-source topic. This will alert participants that your repo is participating in the Gift of Open Source. You can also create issues for anything you’d like contributors to help with, making sure to give them a gift-of-open-source label so they’re easier to discover. You can also share issues or repositories on Twitter, using #GiftOfOpenSource. We’ll try to retweet as many as we can for contributors to see!

If a pull request is accepted, add the gift-of-open-source-accepted label to ensure it counts towards a successful contribution.

How can I exclude my repository from the Gift of Open Source?

If your repository does not include either of the Gift of Open Source labels, pull requests from your repository will not be counted.

How Else Can I Support the Gift Of Open Source?

We are always looking for people who are passionate about providing mentorship for first-time contributors, helping organize + host workshops, and much more. If you are interested in helping support the Gift of Open Source organizing team, please email

When Does the 12 Days of Giving Giveaway Start?

The giveaway will start on Dec. 1st and end promptly on Dec. 12th. In order to participate, please make sure to follow the #GiftOfOpenSource hashtag us on Twitter

When Will Winners be Announced for the 12 Days of Giving Giveaway?

Each day our team will select one lucky winner (at random) to receive an awesome tech gadget up to $100 in value. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will receive a Twitter DM from someone on our team with next steps. These winners will also be announced daily onTwitter!

Can Anyone Participate in the 12 Days of Giving Giveaway?

No. In order to participate + win you must be 18+ years or older.!

Do I Need to Pay Anything for My T-Shirt or Mystery Swag Bag?

Nope! We will take care of everything on our end.

What T-Shirt Size Should I Order?

Please refer to this sizing chart for more information.

When Will I Receive My T-Shirt and/or Mystery Swag Bag?

You can expect to receive your t-shirt within 7-10 business days. However, due to COVID-19 this may impact delivery. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email

Can I Return or Exchange My T-Shirt?

Please reach out to our team at and we will work with you to get this resolved.

How Do I Update My Shipping Address?

There is a very short window to modify your shipping address after your order has been placed. In the event you need help updating this information, please email within 24 hours of placing your order. You will be asked to provide your order number and updated shipping address.

Do You Ship Internationally?

Of course! We will take care of everything on our end.

I Never Received My T-Shirt or Mystery Swag Bag, What Happened?

Please send an email to and we will take a look into this right away!

I Never Received My Prize from the 12 Days of Giving Giveaway, What Happened?

Please send an email to and we will take a look into this right away!

I Didn’t Get Credit for My Contribution(s), What Happened?

We’re all human! If we missed something please send us proof [links] of your contribution(s) to and we will get that resolved right away.

Other Questions or Concerns?

If you have a question you do not see listed under our FAQs, please check out the ReadMe in our repository and open an issue. If you are not familiar with Git and still have a question, please email or drop your questions in our #support channel.