[Members] [board] 27 Feb 2013 Meeting Minutes

Kevin Smith kevin at kismith.co.uk
Thu Feb 28 18:20:13 UTC 2013

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM, Alexander Gnauck <gnauck at ag-software.de> wrote:
>> Currently the list on the wiki is 4 people long if you don't count me.
>>   If we find that more folks are interested then yes, I can be the org
>> admin but I lack the time to be a mentor herder (which in the past has
>> been required for some mentors.)
> Mentors always hardly depend on the projects. So I think we cannot find
> mentors before we have some project proposals.

Mentors have to come from the applications that the proposals are to
work on, so getting proposals and getting mentors is really the same

As the main cat herder for GSoC in the XSF in recent years I can say
that it has usually involved a /lot/ of cat herding chasing mentors
and potential mentors etc. to get proposals in and all the other stuff
that needs doing. This year I don't have time to do this by myself. I
don't think Bear has time to do it all himself either. I think both of
us are happy to support someone doing the work.

So if people want GSoC to go ahead someone who has/to get sufficient
knowledge of what's required to sort out everything that needs doing
and get it done.

If we do it badly or half-arsedly we just penalise some other org who
had more time to do it better than us but can't contribute because we
do, and potentially ruin the experience for some students who expected
better. So we need to either not do it at all, or ensure we have all
the needed commitment to run it from now (or, really, weeks ago) until
the end of the program late in the year. Perfectly good orgs who've
contributed entirely successfully in the past get asked to sit out
because not everyone can be accommodated every year (indeed, there's
no guarantee we'd be selected again).

When Bear asked for people who were interested in GSoC running, only
one person who has a project likely to contribute (Simon/Buddycloud)
was interested, as far as I can see, which isn't enough.


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