Re: OPW; Where does the 500$ for each GSoC goes?

On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 08:43:29AM -0500, Michael Catanzaro wrote:
Most of the GSoC projects we get proposals for are ideas which were
suggested by mentors/members of the GNOME projects on
Students are also encouraged to come up with their own project ideas,
but in this case we insist that this must be discussed with the project
maintainers first to make sure that this is something that is useful to
the project. Then there are indeed some (a few!) more experimental
projects that we pick because the student seems good, and this could
have an interesting outcome, but we don't pick a lot of such projects
each year.

Yes, but I don't think that process is sufficient. Some of the projects
that get accepted seem to be of significantly higher value to GNOME than
others. Others are important, but not really enough to merit the entire

So it's better to only have 15 students working on important things,
rather than having these 15 students, plus 10 others working on less
important things?

I think we got a good set of students, but I'd rather select a
promising student while rejecting the student's project proposal if
the proposal is only tangential to our interests.

You seem to imply we should reorient good students on more important
projects if what they propose does not seem very useful? 

Yes! Within reason; we don't want to push students to work on projects
they're not interested in, but we also don't want to fund them to work
on something that's largely tangential to our interests.

Why not? If it's the preferred student project, if the maintainers of
the associated module is ok with the project, isn't it good to have
students learn about our platform in general (gtk+, ...) even though
they are not working on a core GNOME module? We try to find some kind of
balance between the various projects, we sometimes try to push students
to work on core projects rather than the alternatives, but sometimes
students are just not interested, or the core projects
maintainers/contributors cannot mentor any/more students.


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