Deprecated in favor of the official newcomer tag

As of 2014-11-15, the BTS supports the official newcomer tag, which is meant to replace the old gift usertag.
Please prefer newcomer for future use, and migrate occurrences of the old gift usertag to it.

See announcement.

the Gift bug tag

What's the Gift tag? How to use it?

The gift tag indicates bugs that are suitable for new contributors to Debian, willing to make a gift to Debian maintainers, or to Debian in general.

Here is the list of bugs tagged '''gift'''.

If you want to work on a bug tagged 'gift'

If you don't understand any of these instructions, feel free to e-mail debian-mentors@lists.debian.org.

If you wish to tag a bug

When tagging a bug with the gift tag:

To set this tag:

From: [...]
To: bugnumber@bugs.debian.org
Bcc: control@bugs.debian.org

user debian-qa@lists.debian.org
usertag bugnumber + gift
thanks

Write here some comments about what you expect from the patch, some initial directions, etc.

$ bts user debian-qa@lists.debian.org . usertag 123456 + gift

# or simply (starting from devscripts 2.10.36)
$ bts tags 123456 + gift

The PTS shows gifted bugs belonging to a given source package in the bugs box, on a dedicated line. You can invite potential contributors to skim through PTS pages of packages they are interested in, to find out whether there are gifts for them.

Reminders

TODO list

Write a script to generate a better list of bugs.