My very first open source contribution was just approved and merged today. It wasn’t a big one or anything, but is my first. You can view it now on hex.pm. Notice the default sort method?
To get an idea of the benefits of the feature, do a search for “yaml”. Sort the results by total downloads, and then again by recent downloads. Notice the spots change between file_system and exfswatch. file_system has less total downloads than exfswatch, but more recent downloads. This can be an indicator that the community is starting to use a different package for certain features.
Thanks @ericmj for working with me, the tips, and allowing me to work the feature .