An Initial Exploration of the “Good First Issue” Label for Newcomer Developers

Jan Willem Davis Alderliesten, Andy Zaidman

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Abstract

In order to help newcomers to open source projects identify tasks that are suitable to them and their level of expertise within the project, issues can get the good first issue label on the GitHub platform. In this paper we report on a preliminary investigation of good first issues in terms of how they effective they are for developer onboarding and task completion. We find that, although good first issues are effective at developer onboarding, and developers perceive good first issues as being useful, changes can be made to the types of tasks suggested as good first issues to match the types of initial contributions made by newcomers11This paper is based on the MSc thesis of J.W.D. Alderliesten [1].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE/ACM 13th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE)
EditorsL. O'Conner
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherIEEE
Pages117-118
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1409-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-1410-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE/ACM 13th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE) - Virtual at Madrid, Spain
Duration: 20 May 202121 May 2021

Workshop

Workshop2021 IEEE/ACM 13th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE)
CountrySpain
CityVirtual at Madrid
Period20/05/2121/05/21

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