For those who may not be on the GSOC mentors list, here we go:
It seems quite a few veteran orgs have 0, or very few, projects listed on their Ideas List for their GSoC Org apps. Some have something like “coming soon” with no actual ideas on their page - this will result in an automatic rejection - please don’t let that be you!
Our team has been reviewing hundreds of applications this week and taking notes and we have noticed MANY orgs that have not completed their lists (have 1-2 ideas or ideas with 1 sentence describing the problem) or say ‘coming in March’, ‘coming soon’, etc. That’s a 'Reject in our book.
We will meet Monday, Jan 29 as a team to start our multi day meetings going through each and every org application together so you have until Monday at 19:00 UTC to get your ideas onto your list. You can always add more ideas later but if you are an Umbrella Org you should have plenty of ideas listed now - and if you are a smaller org you should have 4-5 well developed ideas minimum.
And please don’t just link to a bug tracker. If the bug tracker has extensive descriptions about the project/problem then that can sometimes be fine. But just saying here are 5 things we want worked on and a sentence about each isn’t going to cut it.
If you are an Org Admin I strongly encourage you to go back and look at your Ideas List before Monday at 19:00 UTC and make sure it is representative of what you want us to evaluate.
Every year we have a few orgs who give us bad URLs or don’t give us access permission to see their Project Ideas List. Again, please don’t be that org… (your community will not be happy).
Remember, the #1 thing our team considers when choosing which orgs to accept is the quality of the Project Ideas list. If you have nothing for us to look at we have to reject you.
Please don’t ask us to go and see if your application is okay. If you have a solid Project Ideas List and have read the Defining a Project Ideas list from the Mentor Guide and followed the advice your list is likely good to go.