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From Ulrich Stärk <>
Subject Re: increasing GSoC visibility within the ASF
Date Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:38:09 GMT

On 10.04.2013 19:35, janI wrote:
> On Apr 10, 2013 7:27 PM, "Ulrich Stärk" <> wrote:
>> Folks,
>> I perceive a low interest of our projects in GSoC. The list of projects
> that submitted project ideas
>> that I compiled for Sally contained 33 entries of which some are
> subprojects I believe. With 138
>> PMCs plus 35 podlings, this is less than one fifth of our projects.
>> We only had 34 ideas one week before our application was due.
>> I run into committers that are not members of their projects PMCs who are
> eager to be mentors but
>> have no clue about what's going on because nobody from the PMC forwarded
> my emails to their dev lists.
>> So the problem seems twofold: no interest and not reaching the right
> people. The latter could be
>> improved by simply sending to committers@ instead of pmcs@ but it's the
> first that worries me.
>> I believe GSoC and every other opportunity to attract new contributors to
> our projects should be a
>> key priority of our PMCs. Apparently it's not, for whatever reasons. I
> could think of missing
>> cycles, indifference, and wrong priorities.
>> So what could we do to increase awareness for the opportunities GSoC
> offers and that this program is
>> important to the foundation? Write more emails? Ask the board to mandate
> a section in board reports
>> detailing the project's GSoC endeavors? Any ideas?
> one suggestion would be to make an apache page,  that in short tell
> 1) what should a proposal contain
> 2) what is required with asf to be mentor (on a asf project)
> 3) a short part about asf and our cooperation with google
> 4) How to proceed.
> I know you and others have e-mailed all that information, and quite a lot
> more. A page (which are referenced in the e-mail) would make it easy for
> someone like me, to get the information I need fast, and if I feel it, I
> can always find more details.

We have that and I referenced it in my emails:


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