[dokuwiki] Re: Google Summer of Code

Hi,

today (or now yesterday) the application period for mentoring
organizations has opened, it's open till March 11. I would like to
submit our application during the next days. It will be possible to edit
the application till the deadline. Btw. I'll be organization admin for
DokuWiki for the GSoC as Andi has suggested (and he'll be backup admin),
I think we've somehow missed to announce that here (it has been on the
wiki for some weeks already).

There are some questions I need to answer. I've put the ones that are
mentioned in the FAQ on http://www.dokuwiki.org/devel:gsoc_organization
and would like to get some feedback. There is one additional question
where I could especially need your help: "If you are a small or new
organization applying to GSoC, please list a larger, established GSoC
organization or a Googler that can vouch for you here." - do you/we have
any connections for this question or is there somebody here on the list
whom or whose project we can list here? This organization would need to
apply this year and answer the question "If you are a large organization
who is vouching for a small organization applying to GSoC for their
first time this year, please list their name and why you think they'd be
good candidates for GSoC here" appropriately. It's (hopefully) no
problem if there shouldn't be any, I just wanted to ask.

@Andi Could you please register at http://www.google-melange.com/ and
then tell me your link id so I can enter you as backup admin?

Then please review the things I've written on
http://www.dokuwiki.org/devel:gsoc. Feel free to correct any mistakes.
Then we should probably think about the idea we put on top of the list
because according to other mentors many students just pick the first
idea.

I think on the page about the plugin manager could be a bit more
clarified which parts are already implemented and which ones should be
implemented.

On http://www.dokuwiki.org/devel:manual there is also a list of pages
that should be created or extended/revised as they are especially useful
for GSoC students. We should probably link the development documentation
from the GSoC page, too.

The ideas list (and probably everything around it, too) will be one of
the main factors that decide if we'll be accepted as mentoring
organization or not so it really makes sense to polish it now and not
only when we have been accepted.

I also think if we aren't sure about a certain idea we should rather
drop it than having ideas we aren't convinced of on the list.  I've read
from previous years that new organizations normally get at maximum 5
slots for which they can accept students so it's probably better to have
fewer and more polished ideas than a lot of mediocre ones. (And after
all students should also present their own ideas.)

Developing plugins or parts of other software we use or that is related
to DokuWiki during GSoC is fine, too. The main task just needs to be
coding, doing pure admin work or just writing documentation isn't
allowed.

Excerpts from Andreas Gohr's message of 2011-02-04 16:21:06 +0100:
[...]
> Speaking about "steering" development: there was some discussion about
> a git plugin or even an abstracted storage backend. Personally I don't
> see the advantages of this and would prefer not to "waste" energies
> here. But I might be wrong. If you are one of the people who think
> this should be implemented: please improve the devel:ideas:git_backend
> page and explain the advantages.

I've tried to improve that page but I've also removed that idea from the
GSoC ideas list.

Michael
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