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1. Find a project you like 2. Spend a weeks looking at the code

The daunting part is the time commitment.

This. You invest in a project and find out with your first merge the maintainers are assholes and toss out fine commits. I've seen that happen a bunch. It is why there are so many freaking forks, and a lot of them end up atrophying because one person can't recreate an ecosystem.

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