Updated GSoC info just sent out to wp-hackers, copying here to make sure no one misses it.
We’ve gotten a handful of applications already for GSoC, but they are largely terrible in format, with students pasting the template in and just posting a link to wp-hackers archives or their own blogs. To prevent this from happening anymore (since it means the students just get an email from me telling them to fix their apps), I’ve updated the application template to be very clear on what to include and what not to include. Any student planning to apply to GSoC, please get the new template to submit your application:
Also, I’ve updated the Ideas list after a conversation with Matt (Mullenweg) about priorities, so it’s worth looking to see the couple of new things. Of note, I’ve removed the widgets repository idea, since it has clearly caused some kerfuffle, and that’s not something a student project should have to deal with. Likewise, Ryan removed the user roles project idea, which also has too many politics around it for it to be a good fit for a student. Newly added project ideas include things like progress bars for plugin installation, ajax paging in the admin, column sorting, mega Trac ticket attacking, etc. The updated list is at:
Note: a lot of students are asking about ideas from this list. That’s awesome. However, we expect more than a hundred applications, and probably only around 10 slots. Therefore, if you propose an idea from the list, and 20 other students propose the same idea from the list, your chances go down. If you love one of the list ideas, great: apply for it. You may also want to apply for an idea of your own creation, just to up your chances that it won’t be a duplicate idea. If you do this, make sure each project idea is submitted in a separate application; don’t put them both in one. Also, indicate in each application that you have submitted a second idea, and identify which one would be your first choice.
Don’t forget, we have scheduled IRC chats with potential mentors to let you bounce ideas around and get some live feedback that will help improve your applications. These chats will be held in #wordpress-gsoc on irc.freenode.net at the following dates/times, the first of which is a few hours from now:
Wednesday, March March 31 at 20:30 UTC (4:30pm eastern)
Saturday, April 3 at 21:30 UTC (5:30pm eastern)
Wednesday, April 7 at 20:30 UTC (4:30pm eastern)
Thanks, and good luck!