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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: increasing GSoC visibility within the ASF
Date Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:44:40 GMT
A short mail to committers@ asking people who don't know about the process
to ensure their PMC forwards the request should be enough.

Things won't scale if ComDev start trying to offer more support than we
already do. Let's have the PMCs answer queries from their communities.

Ross

Sent from a mobile device, please excuse mistakes and brevity
On 10 Apr 2013 18:27, "Ulrich Stärk" <uli@spielviel.de> 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?
>
> Uli
>

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