GitHub adds new features to grow community engagements



Supporting open source efforts by developers, GitHub has brought a list of new features. The new feature addition is aimed to help you enhance community engagements around your projects.

“Thanks to some subtle (and not so subtle) improvements in the past few months, it’s now easier to make your first contribution, launch a new project or grow your community on GitHub,” GitHub’s team writes in a blog post.

First in the list of new features is contributor badges. Being a maintainer, you can now see a “first-time contribution” badge that helps you review pull requests from users who have contributed to your projects for the first time.

The “first-time contributor” badge becomes a “contributor” badge in the comment section once the pull request is merged. Furthermore, you can expose the information in the additional flag via the GraphQL API.

Apart from providing badges to your contributors, you have been provided with the option to add a license file to your project using a new license picker. This new section helps you pick an appropriate license by providing full text. It also allows you to customise any applicable fields prior to committing the file or opening a pull request.

Enhanced privacy for contributors

As privacy is one of the major things that resist you contribute to a new project, GitHub has added the ability to let you keep email addresses of your contributors private. The platform also has an updated email settings that disappear your reaching source from your profile as well as in search results or even via an API.

GitHub additionally provides you with a warning that lets you make an informed decision to contribute to the project from which you were blocked previously. Moreover, blocked users on the platform will not be able to comment on issues or pull requests in third-party repositories.

“We hope these improvements will help you make your first contribution, start a new project, or grow your community,” GitHub concludes.

First launched in October 2007, GitHub is so far used by more than 23 million people around the globe. The platform hosts over 63 million projects with a worldwide employee base of 668 people.


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