Neil Bowers had started CPAN Pull Request Challenge in January 2015. Participants received a CPAN module as their assignment each month. The goal was to submit pull requests. I joined the challenge right away. Here’s how it went.

2015: Warming Up

My last semester at Bogazici University in Istanbul started February of this year. I moved to California for grad school in September.

I’ve completed my assignments in January and February before taking a long pause (and a long flight). I’ve joined back for October and November. 6 PRs for 4 repos, only 1 merged. All were either documentation updates or configuration changes.

2015 Jan Documentation CLOSED Exporter-Declare
2015 Jan Documentation MERGED Exporter-Declare
2015 Feb Config OPEN Dancer-Plugin-Auth-Basic
2015 Oct Config OPEN HTML-FormHandler-Model-DBIC
2015 Oct Config OPEN HTML-FormHandler-Model-DBIC
2015 Nov Documentation OPEN HTML-StickyQuery-DoCoMoGUID

2016: See if I can fix this

I graduated from Santa Cruz and relocated to Santa Monica for ZipRecruiter. This was my first job, excluding some internships I did back at Istanbul. Attended my first Perl Conference in June in Orlando.

Like in 2015, I did my assignments only for 4 months. This time I tried to fix some failing tests too. Results were great: 4 PRs, 4 merged!

2016 Jun Documentation MERGED HiD
2016 Oct Test MERGED Catalyst-Controller-Validation-DFV
2016 Nov Test MERGED BenchmarkAnything-Storage-Frontend-Lib
2016 Dec Test MERGED Monitoring-Livestatus

2017: More Pull Requests

This year was fun: I completed 8 assignments with 13 PRs with 7 merged. It was a mix of documentation, configuration, test fixes and new functions. We have started to get “team assignments” for ZipRecruiter as well, which is not included in this post.

2017 Jan Config MERGED Devel-ebug
2017 Feb Function MERGED Log-Dispatch
2017 Mar Function MERGED Mail-Builder
2017 Mar Test MERGED Mail-Builder
2017 May Function MERGED AnyEvent-WebSocket-Client
2017 Jun Config OPEN Net-Proxy
2017 Jul Test CLOSED Class-Inspector
2017 Jul Config MERGED Class-Inspector
2017 Aug Config OPEN App-p
2017 Aug Documentation OPEN App-p
2017 Aug Config OPEN App-p
2017 Aug Function OPEN App-p
2017 Oct Function MERGED AnyEvent-Filesys-Notify

2018: This is the end

Neil let us know that this will be the end of CPAN Pull Request Challenge. I was able to complete my assignment only for 5 months with 6 PRs and 4 merged.

I gave talks about CPAN Pull Request Challenge & Pull Request Club in two conferences. Salt Lake City (Perl Conference in NA) and Glasgow (Perl Conference in EU). We also had BOF (Birds of Feather) events for pull requests in both venues. Many people, whom I am thankful for, had showed up and contributed to open source. Some people submitted their first public PR, which made it a magical moment.

2018 Jan Config MERGED Net-DHCP
2018 Feb Config MERGED Alien-LibGumbo
2018 Aug Config MERGED Text-CSV
2018 Oct Documentation CLOSED Data-DPath
2018 Nov Documentation OPEN Vim-Debug
2018 Nov Config MERGED Text-MediawikiFormat

Did you see a pattern? I never missed any October! This is all thanks to Hacktoberfest.

Total Stats

I played with this data a little, and out came an interesting result: I’ve got 56% merge rate. This goes way up to 80% for function/test changes, and down to 29% for documentation. Here’s all numbers.

Config Doc Function Test TOTAL
Open 6 3 1 - 10
Closed - 2 - 1 3
Merged 6 2 4 4 16
TOTAL 12 7 5 5 29

And here is a breakdown by status (open, closed or merged), for each type (config, doc, etc). Each column adds up to 100%.

Config Doc Function Test All Types
Open 50% 42% 20% - 34%
Closed - 29% - 20% 10%
Merged 50% 29% 80% 80% 56%


Thanks a lot to Neil Bowers for organizing the challenge and inspiring many people. Thanks a lot to all participants for keeping it alive. Thank you for reading!

If you were a participant of CPAN-PRC and want to keep going, give Pull Request Club a try. We currently have 14 participants and 120 repos ready for a match.