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Re: KDE and Google Summer of Code 2018

Hi, Valorie!

I have just edited the list of Krita ideas, now we have 8 ideas, 4 of which are low-hanging fruits with localized optimizations of the code. I hope that will help people who do not want to learn all half-million lines of Krita code.

Speaking truly, I think I understand why there is so little effort from people with the ideas. Since the last year Google forbids students to apply more than 2 times, it means that most of the applicants will be newcomers and, most probably, they will not be able to prepare some extensive proposal/design for a project. It is just too difficult to prepare a good proposal for a project so big in size. So it might be that the quality of last year proposals discouraged people from doing this work again.

The only way how we can solve the issue is to prepare very scope-limited tasks, such that the students would not need to learn all the code (in our case we just added AVX optimizations, which are limited to a scope of a couple of classes). But that is not always possible or makes sense for the some projects.

On 15.01.2018 03:39, Valorie Zimmerman wrote:
I'm very discouraged to see so little movement on this. After skipping GCi this past fall, are we now also considering skipping GSoC? Or downsizing the number of students we are mentoring?

Without Ideas we will not get students. More important, we must complete the Org application soon, and the Ideas page is the core of that application.

This is good for your team and your project, in the long run. It brings in new contributors and fresh ideas. 

I should have linked to it for the last email.


On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Valorie Zimmerman <valorie.zimmerman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hello GSoC mentors, and teams supporting mentors,

Every year, we've asked for more time to get ramped up for GSoC, and so now is the time for organizations to apply[1]. We have begun to write our application, and  that means that our Ideas page needs to be filled NOW, because that is the prime consideration for the GSoC team once the Org Applications deadline has passed. 

The quality of our ideas and the guidance they give our students are the most important part of our application. Please begin filling in your ideas now if you have not already, and ensure that that page is comprehensive, accurate and attractive. Including screenshots and other images is allowed, if it enriches the idea for a project. *Please ensure complete information about how to contact the team*; this is crucial. 

Also, take a look at the landing page https://community.kde.org/GSoC. Experienced mentors agree that:

1. commits must be made before the student proposal is submitted, and linked on that proposal, and 

2. that regular communication from the student must be initiated by the student at least weekly, and we expect daily or nearly daily communication with the team in a more informal way.

Be sure to point students to that information, as this should lower the number of proposals, while raising the quality.

PS: If your team has an Idea, ensure that you have mentors for it, and that those mentors are subscribe to KDE-Soc-Mentor list. Remove any ideas without mentors available, please. Now, before you forget!



Dmitry Kazakov