Can I join in the Pidgin development project?

Sean Egan seanegan at
Fri Jul 27 13:06:22 EDT 2007

On 7/25/07, Mark Doliner <thekingant at> wrote:
> Depending on your skill set there are various tasks you can do.  Arguably the
> most beneficial thing for you to do is to look through the bugs at
> , find one that interests you and write a
> patch to fix it.

I'll take you up on that 'arguably'!

As I write in my amazing book, Open Source Messaging Application
Development: Building and Extending Gaim, bugs are boring to fix,
often require in-depth knowledge of how different components of the
code base interact, and typically aren't very rewarding once fixed.
These things can add up to frustrate a new contributor.

Instead, I recommend adding a new feature, something you would
personally benefit from. A feature would typically be well-contained,
requiring you to understand only one aspect of the project, and you'd
personally benefit more from doing it.

You can still use to find features
that have been requested. Filter for 'enhancements,' but be aware that
the default category is "defect," and some enhancements have not been
recatagorized yet.


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