[Members] XSF as a mentor in Summer of Code 2007?

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Wed Feb 28 11:11:57 CST 2007

On Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 10:54:18AM +0000, Kevin Smith wrote:
> On 20 Feb 2007, at 16:49, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> >I think it may still be appropriate for the XSF to act as a  
> >mentoring organization for the many small open-source projects. We  
> >would do what we've always done: try to connect students with  
> >existing mentors in the community (e.g., if you want to work on a  
> >new Python component, connect you with people who know about Python 
> >+XMPP stuff). But it may also be appropriate for us to mentor few  
> >projects so that we can do a better job of it. But one thing I  
> >agree about: we need to get organized earlier and (IMHO) recruit  
> >some mentors ahead of time.
> There was a bit of discussion about this at the weekend, particularly  
> about limiting the number of suggestions to a small number of  
> 'official' projects which could most advance the state of Jabber,  
> only accepting other projects if they were exceptional - I quite like  
> this idea, but what do other people think?

BTW in my original mail I meant "fewer", not "few". In the past we have
mentored around 10 projects. I would prefer to do a really good job
mentoring 5 or 6 projects. This means we need good projects (let's
starting writing "RFPs"), good students (think: interviews and more time
to review their proposals), and good mentors. As to the latter, I wonder
if we just recruit some developers. :)


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