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

Hal Rottenberg halr9000 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 28 12:29:27 CST 2007

Well how did last year's projects do overall?  I kinda stopped paying
attention to the non-Psi ones.  :)

Regarding mentors, I think we've got plenty of good people for that in
the community.  Recruiting might be the right word, sort of do a hard
sell to someone who seems a good fit.  Not hard to turn it into a
win-win.  Those sorts of things look good on resumes.

On 2/28/07, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at jabber.org> wrote:
> 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. :)
> /psa

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