Talk:GSoC News and Tips

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Current discussion

After student applications close:

  • Gale: Is there any good tip we can post for what happens next after student applications close? Maybe modify the "getting comments on your proposal" section and archive the original here if it was useful?
  • James After new applications close, students can still add comments that are tacked on the end of their application, and so can we. Students should look at lifting their weakest aspect - e.g. if they still have no mid-term spin off, then they really do need to make clear what they plan via the comments. Students who want to edit the main part of their application can even do so (I believe) after they receive a comment to them from us, so a tip to them is that they can add a comment to say 'I want to update the timeline to include a Seven Keyboard Wurlitzer Organ Effect for the mid term eval', and then we'd reply and they could make that change.
  • James At this point we know how many slots we are likely to get. However Google prefer that we do not announce slot count, and take a very dim view of announcing which students are in and which are out before Google do. One reason is that this can change right up to the last minute. Organisations which do announce students (and get it wrong) might not be invited back.
  • Vaughan The process for deciding slot counts is described on the GSoC Mentors' Guide to the web app . There's a fair amount of negotiation and winnowing for Google deciding allocations. I think Google has documented the process extensively for mentors and students, so we don't actually need to give more guidelines. And we may not really *have* any news until the announce date.

Older discussion

Amount of content present looks well judged, given the limited resources we have to do a newsdesk! About a line or so every two days until things quieten down. Really like the google logo, but worth checking FAQs to see if we really can use it - I know it's been discussed before. Might be safer to use a summer-of-code google logo instead - which I know we can - or have you already checked? (I thought google-code was wider than just GSoC). James 15:55, 27 March 2008 (PDT)

  • Gale: Google-code is definitely wider than GSoC but I could not find anything in the GSoC FAQs about a logo, except the GSoC logo for 2007. I can't find a GSoC logo for 2008, so followed Vaughan's idea where he used the Google-code logo on the main web site. I did find a project announcing its 2008 mentorship that uses the exact same GSoC image with the year removed. I think that looks pretty dreary myself (summer = black?) but I can use that for want of a better one if you prefer?
  • James: This is from GSoC Announce list. You might want to subscribe. "Behold the 2008 program logo: http:// tinyurl . com/2u7wqu. Possibly use a strip taken from the centre as it is a square 'logo'.
  • Gale: Not a terribly good logo for integrating in web pages is it? ("of" too small). I've done the best I can with it, within the constraints of stopping it overflowing into the news section at small text sizes without introducing too much white space. I can't see just taking "Summer of Code" and then just showing the Southern Hemisphere is an answer? Have subscribed to announce list.

Archived hints

Getting comments on your proposal

Now we are well into the student application period, the best way to get comments on your ideas, so they can be refined into a good proposal, is to post to your student dashboard . That way, you will get direct mentor feedback from Audacity. If you want to make your ideas public, or perhaps draft them out/make notes to yourself first, you can create a User Page on this Wiki. To create or view your User Page, simply type (without the brackets)   [ ALT SHIFT . ] . Accepted students will have their own project-specific Wiki page to discuss and report progress on their project when the time comes.