Archive for 2010 emails (contain call for ideas)

Welcome to summer of code

To: SOC admins
cc: gnome-soc-list
bcc: All acccepted students
Reply-to: SOC admins

Subject: Welcome to Google Summer of Code for GNOME!

Dear GNOME-lovers,

(In case you are a student and wondering, you are bcc'ed :-))

Congratulations: you did it! The GNOME community is glad to welcome
you, and to have you participate in the Google Summer of Code and work
on GNOME-related stuff!

Some of you already know the GNOME community quite well, but it might
not be the case for everyone of you. That's not a problem: GSoC has a
community bonding time, where you will have a few weeks to get to know
the community before starting the real work. That's a really good
thing, and we hope you'll be able to see how great, friendly and
helpful the GNOME community is!

The first thing we want you to do is to contact your mentor. Write her
or him a nice mail or buy her/him a beer (or some juice) if you happen
to live in the same city :-)

If during the GSoC, you have a problem with your mentor (lack of
communication, or misunderstandings, or deep disagreements, or
anything else), don't hesitate to report that to the GNOME
administrators (Christophe, Ruben, Daniel and Vincent): they'll be there
to help with this kind of things and their goal is to make sure that
you feel good, so they will work hard to fix any issue with your mentor.
But hopefully, this won't be needed: all mentors and administrators are
nice people (or at least, they're supposed to be ;-)).

After sending a mail to your mentor, you should go subscribe to our
mailing list for the Summer of Code:

Feel free to use this list for discussion between all mentored
students, or to ask questions about GNOME, or about the community or
about anything you need. We'll check next week if you're all
subscribed since this is the list where mails will be sent when we
need to reach all of you. It's also the list that you will use for
your status reports.

To begin things, it would be great that you send to this list an
introduction mail so that the whole community knows about you, your
project, your plans, etc.

You can then use your introduction mail to fill the wiki page for your
GSoC project. It is linked from there:

Just click on the ? on the left of your project to create the wiki page.
This is a good place to introduce your project, link to the weekly
report you'll write, link to your code, etc. See the wiki pages from
last year if you need some examples:

Another list that might be of interest to you is the gnome-love mailing

That's also a good place to start asking questions if you have
problems with building GNOME, or if you're not sure how to do

There's also an IRC channel for SoC and GNOME: #soc on GIMPNet
( Feel free to join it and chat there. You can also
join #gnome-hackers where most GNOME people are, and other channels
that might be of interest to you. See this page for more information:

If you prefer to use an address different from your gmail (or google
account) address to communicate, please tell the administrators.
They'll make a note about it somewhere. Also, if you have a blog, we'd
love to know the URL and get a hackergotchi for you :-)

That's all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to send a
mail to the administrators or the mailing lists, or ask your mentor.

Small summary:
 + make sure you're in contact with your mentor(s)
 + subscribe to the gnome-soc-list mailing list
 + introduce yourself to the community
 + create the wiki page for your project
 + (optional) subscribe to the gnome-love mailing list
 + (optional) start using IRC
 + (optional) send your blog information and a hackergotchi to the

Welcome and Congratulations!

Mail for rejected students

To: SOC admins
bcc: All rejected students

Subject: [GSoC 2011/GNOME] Thanks for your proposal!

Dear student,

Unfortunately, your proposal has not been accepted as a Google Summer of
Code 2011 project for GNOME.

We are as much disappointed as you because there were a lot of very good
applications this year, much more than the number of slots allowed to us
by Google.

While there was a few unsatisfactory applications, most of them were
well crafted and it was hard for us to dismiss them. Usually, there were
only one or two little details missing.

Thanks a lot for your proposal. We are very honored that you took the
time to submit a proposal to make the GNOME desktop better. You know
what? There's no need to be a GSoC student to make great contributions.

Even if another student got chosen to work on the project you're most
interested in, you can still help! Join the project mailing list [1]
and post your thoughts and ideas. Try out patches, write bug reports,
and submit your own patches. Join the project's IRC channel and chat
with other developers and users. Every project appreciates and
respects new contributors!

If you're just looking to get started with GNOME development, check
out the GNOME Love project [2]. Its whole purpose is to help people
get on their feet in the GNOME community. There is a mailing list, an
IRC channel, and a huge list of bugs [3] that would be good for first
timers to work on. A lot of friendly GNOME developers hang out in
#gnome-love just waiting to help out a future contributor.

And if you're feeling unsure about putting yourself out there, don't
hesitate to contact any of us privately. You might want to start with
the developer who would have mentored your project, or with the
maintainer of the software you're most interested in.

Again, thanks for showing an interest in working with the GNOME
community. Keep up the good ideas, good luck with school, and we hope
to see you around soon (at worst for GSoC 2012)!

Take care,



Mail to mentors

To: SOC admins
cc: All mentors

Subject: GSoC mentors: make sure to be in contact with your students!

Hi mentors,

First, a big thank for accepting to mentor a GSoC student this year. We
hope you'll enjoy the experience!

Please make sure that you are in contact with your student(s) in the
next few days. You'll find below the student(s) for each mentor, based
on your id on melange.

You might want to subscribe to the mailing list for the Summer of Code:

This is where all students will be, and where they will send their
weekly reports.

And of course, there is the private mailing list for mentors, where we
can discuss about issues, if needed:

You might also want to read the welcome mail we sent to the students:

If you have any question, don't hesitate to ping Christophe, Daniel,
Ruben or myself :-)




mentor link_id:
 Student Name <email>
 GSoC project title

mentor link_id:
 Student Name <email>
 GSoC project title

(extracted from Melange I guess)

GSoC results announcement

To: devel-announce-list
Reply-to: desktop-devel-list

Subject: Google Summer of Code Projects for GNOME

Hi all,

We are lucky to mentor 27 amazing projects for Google Summer of Code
this year. Of course, there are many more projects that will benefit to
GNOME, thanks to other organizations participating to GSoC (like Xorg
and GStreamer, to only give two examples).

You can see all projects at the end of this mail, or at:

Students will also create a wiki page for their project (it will be listed
from the page linked above), which will contain more details.

If you are interested in helping the students, or tracking their
progress, please subscribe to:

This is where all our students will send weekly reports, and this is
also used as a friendly location to chat about GSoC.

We have some truly exciting projects this year, and we should all create
the best environment for the GSoC participants to succeed :-)

Please heartily welcome our students!

GSoC project title (student name)
Application URL in melange

GSoC project title (student name)
Application URL in melange




Start of coding period

To: gnome-soc-list

Hi dear students,

Yesterday, the coding period of GSoC started. This means you should all
already have completely amazing results to show right now, of course :-)
More seriously, that means the real stuff is now happening.

First, if you haven't had any contact with your mentor(s) yet, please
get in touch with her/him/them as soon as possible. Or if you tried to
do so several times already without success, tell us (GSoC admins) so we
can investigate the issue.

To allow everyone to keep track of your work, to see the progress in
your projects, and to also help you if needed, we are asking you to send
weekly reports about your activities and to maintain a wiki page with
all the details of your project.

All details about this can be found here:

Read this page carefully, and please note that the reporting is not
optional. You should not be afraid of saying you've been blocked for a
few days in your reports: those things happen to all of us :-) All in all
it should not take much time, just make a habit out of it.

The first report is due at the end of this week: Friday May 27. Yes,
that's very soon, we know :-)

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or questions.

Best of luck and enjoy, now is when the fun begins!

XXX, on behalf of your the GNOME GSoC admins

Start of coding period (for mentors)

To: soc-mentors-list

(forward mail from gnome-soc-list)

Hey there,

Coding period has started for GSoC, so it's time to make sure your
students work on their project :-)

If you haven't had any contact with your student(s) yet, then something
is not going well. Please try to make that happen as soon as possible,
or tell us, GSoC admins, about the issue. We prefer to be notified early
of such issues.

You might want to subscribe to the wiki page for the project of your
student, see



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