Mats Lidell writes:
>>>>> Stephen J Turnbull <stephen(a)xemacs.org>
> Is there interest having XEmacs participate in GSoC next year?
+1 of course!
Well, by "interest" I meant "volunteer mentors" and "interested
students". It's not so obvious. ;-)
> The last time this question came up, there was no real interest
> mentoring from the reviewers.
We are all so modest you know! ;-)
I don't know what is required for a GSoC mentor but I would guess
Time, yes. It's pretty clear to me now that regular communication
with the student is essential, and unfortunately often this needs to
an knowledge to assist the student in a serious
way. Easy to assume that it is beyond what you can do as an hobby
Not true. *At least one* of the mentors *must* be a project leader
personality, willing to make judgments about people he/she doesn't
know very well. The direct mentor for a given student needs to be a
bit of an extrovert (ie, enjoys working with others) and a good match
for the student. (This is where the personal judgment thing comes in,
you see. It's important to filter out students with good-looking
projects who aren't a match for any available mentor.)
If the student has good skills and motivation, but isn't so familiar
with XEmacs, a "hobby developer" could be a good mentor in areas where
they have enough knowledge to point the student in the right direction
(including at more or less active core developers who know the area
well -- at the present time that would include folks like Mike S who
post about once a month and haven't committed in a while, but not Ben
Wing who hasn't been visible here for a couple years).
Unfortunately, there are infrastructure areas where we could
potentially use a student (eg, improving the tracker), but Google is
quite strict about projects being *coding* for *your* project.
These aren't that stringent requirements if we have several potential
mentors, because the important thing is the match.
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