An alternative implementation in R of the original
all-contributors to acknowledge all contributors in your ‘README’ (or elsewhere). The original is intended to help acknowledge all contributions including those beyond the contents of an actual repository, such as community or other or less-tangible organisational contributions. This version only acknowledges tangible contributions to a repository, but automates that task to a single function call, in the hope that such simplicity will spur greater usage. In short: This package can’t do everything the original does, but it makes what it does much easier.
all-contributors is primarily a bot which responds to commit messages such as
add @user for <contribution>, where
<contribution> is one of the recognized types. As said above, the relative advantage of that original system lies primarily in the diversity of contribution types able to be acknowledged, with each type for a given user appearing as a corresponding emoji below their github avatar as listed on the README. In comparison, this R package:
add_contributors()at any time to add or update contributor acknowledgements.
The package is now on CRAN (as of 2nd Dec 2020), so can be installed with,
Alternatively, a development version can be installed from remote repository host systems using any one of the following options:
# install.packages("remotes") remotes::install_git("https://git.sr.ht/~ropenscilabs/allcontributors") remotes::install_bitbucket("mpadge/allcontributors") remotes::install_gitlab("mpadge/allcontributors") remotes::install_github("mpadge/allcontributors")
The package can then be loaded the usual way:
The primary function of the package,
add_contributors(), adds a table of all contributors by default to the main
README.md file (and
README.Rmd if that exists). Tables or lists can be added to other files by specifying the
files argument of that function. The appearance of the contributors table is determined by several parameters in that function, including:
typeFor the type of contributions to include (code, contributors who open issues, contributors who discuss issues).
num_sectionsFor whether to present contributors in 1, 2, or 3 distinct sections, dependent upon which
types of contributions are to be acknowledged.
formatDetermining whether contributors are presented in a grid with associated avatars of each contributor, as in the original, an enumerated list of github user names only, or a single text string of comma-separated names.
Contribution data are obtained by querying the github API, for which a local key should be set as an environmental variable containing the name
"GITHUB" (either via
Sys.setenv(), or as an equivalent entry in a file
If the main
README file(s) contains a markdown section entitled
add_contributors() function will add a table of contributors there, otherwise it will be appended to the end of the document(s). If you wish your contributors table to be somewhere other than at the end of the
README file(s), start by adding an empty
"## Contributors section to the file(s) and the function will insert the table at that point.
Any time you wish to update your contributor list, simply re-run the
add_contributors() function. There’s even an
open_issue parameter that will automatically open or update a github issue on your repository so that contributors will be pinged about them being added to your list of contributors.
The data used to construct the contributions table can also be extracted without writing to the
README file(s) with the function
get_contributors(org = "ropenscilabs", repo = "allcontributors") #> ★ Extracting code contributors #> ✔ Extracted code contributors #> ★ Extracting github issue contributors #> ✔ Extracted github issue contributors #> logins contributions #> 1 mpadge 124 #> 2 maelle NA #> avatar #> 1 https://avatars1.githubusercontent.com/u/6697851?v=4 #> 2 https://avatars1.githubusercontent.com/u/8360597?u=144e03ae2bbe8a69318cb0c6c3f647e25aec6763&v=4 #> type #> 1 code #> 2 issue_authors
“Contributors” sections of files will be automatically updated to reflect any new contributions by simply calling
add_contributors(). If your contributors have not changed then your lists of acknowledgements will not be changed. The
add_contributors() function has an additional parameter which may be set to
force_update = TRUE to force lists to be updated regardless of whether contributions have changed. This can be used to change the formats of acknowledgements at any time. If anything goes wrong, the easiest way to replace a contributions section is to simply delete the old ones from all files, and call
The package has a single vignette which visually demonstrates the various formats in which an “allcontributors” section can be presented.