To the applicants to Google Season of Docs with GNU Mailman: Cc: Mailman Developers
[This is an abbreviated version of the message sent directly to the applicants.]
Thank you all for your interest in GNU Mailman, and for applying to Season of Docs with the Mailman organization.
First, I would like to congratulate Ariessa Norramli, whose project "Instructions for Migrating from Mailman 2 to Mailman 3" we selected for implementation this autumn. The list of all projects selected is available on the Season of Docs website at https://developers.google.com/season-of-docs/docs/participants/
Public discussion of the project will take place on the Mailman Developers mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also negotiate a blogging requirement during the community bonding period. Of course Mailman is a public project on GitLab, and you can follow progress of the documentation project there. URLs for the blog and the repo will be posted to the mailing list.
I hope all of the applicants will find some way to participate in the Mailman project as suits time and interest.
About the Selection Process:
Eight technical writers in some way expressed interest in Season of Docs with GNU Mailman, of whom five entered proposals via the Season of Docs website. Two of those proposals were stubs containing little or no content, which were eliminated quickly.
The remaining three proposals were all very high quality, and in fact we could have selected any of them. Each had small advantages and disadvantages compared to the other two. The tie-breaking criterion was the content of the proposal: after consulting with Abhilash, I decided that the migration instructions project was our biggest documentation need based on the questions we get on the Mailman 3 users mailing list.