Re: Mission Statement

hi meg,

On Thu, Aug 7, 2014, at 11:18, meg ford wrote:
I don't think it's relevant. GSoC is also outside of the mission
though as I said before I think there are allusions to outreach in the
Charter. I think the discussion should focus on what is relevant, which
how the Foundation should deal with the financial and administrative
aspects of the program. Otherwise we can also lump in any other outreach
do to new contributors, which I think would be odd, since FOSS does rely
contributors and internship programs are a good way to recruit them.

I certainly agree that attracting new contributors is an absolutely
essential part of ensuring the survival of any free software project,
and I even believe that in terms of how the program is structured, OPW's
format is more effective at creating long-term community members than is
GSoC (due to the more 'internship' nature rather than the 'complete a
project' nature of GSoC).

I think there are two fundamental differences between GNOME's
involvement in GSoC and GNOME's administration of OPW, which make all
the difference:

The first is that we are not handling the sending of payments to
students in GSoC, so the amount of work we do here is much smaller.

The second (and more important) is that our participation with GSoC is
limited to interaction with students who are all directly contributing
to furthering our own goals of creating GNOME: people who will
(hopefully) become members of our community.


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