[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] Google Summer of Code 2013

Lou Logan lou at lrcd.com
Sat Feb 23 20:36:43 CET 2013

On Sat, Feb 23, 2013, at 05:01 AM, Stefano Sabatini wrote:

> I'd rather avoid having a long list of "ideas" not backed up by a
> candidate mentor, indeed what we lack is *not* ideas but mentors, and
> the GSoC wiki page is not the place where "ideas" should be discussed
> nor should be considered like a sort of wish list.

Agreed. I think we had three main reasons last year for not getting

1. Lack of a plan about backup mentors
2. Our ideas page needed to be better organized/some ideas may have
seemed more like drafts than final, complete ideas
3. We were previously accepted, and GSoC wanted to make room for new

I'm trying to make sure the list is better organized before we apply,
and I asked at #gsoc if inclusion of new organizations was going to be a
priority once again this year but did not get a clear answer.

> As for me, I'd rather remove all orphaned "ideas", especially
> considering that some of the adducted reasons for the past rejection
> was not having "fleshed out tasks" and the lack of a strong mentor
> backup plan, and I can't see how listing lots of ideas with no mentor
> can help in this regard.

I can prune any ideas without mentors shortly before our application
unless there is strong opposition.

It might be useful to have a "sandbox" or a staging area for new ideas
that do not currently have a mentor, but maybe that's just complicating

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