Did your first pull request get accepted?

Contributing to open source projects can be an overwhelming experience, and some project are more welcoming to newcomers than others. What was your experience like?
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Sometimes, the waiting is the hardest part.

So you've picked out an open source project to contribute to. Maybe it's a program you use frequently in your day-to-day life, or maybe you selected it because you knew it was a project with some low-hanging fruit that would be an easy place to start.

You went through all of the steps: You cloned the project, read the README, agreed to the contributor guidelines, understood the project structure, made your edit or addition, checked it twice, and then issued the pull request. And then, you waited.

Eventually (hopefully!) you heard back from the project maintainers. Ideally, your request was accepted, or at least clear feedback was provided so that you could take the next steps and try again. But sometimes, it can take a while.

What was your first contribution experience like? Did it go as planned? And did your code get merged? Take our poll above and let us know in the comments below.

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