[Python-Dev] Results of the SOC projects

Stephen J. Turnbull turnbull at sk.tsukuba.ac.jp
Fri Nov 17 02:49:04 CET 2006

Brett Cannon writes:

 > There was never a formal one to my knowledge.  Part of the problem is that
 > the PSF acted as a blanket organization this year so we just basically
 > helped dole out slots to various Python projects.  This meant it was not
 > under very centralized control and thus not easy to track.

I don't think you need "centralization" or "control"; the Python
mentors are all public spirited and responsible folks, right?  It's
just that report-writing is kind of unrewarding work, especially if
you don't know what the report is supposed to be like (and haven't
even been asked for them!)

Why not have a wiki page for reports, and hand out a T-shirt or
something like that to *mentors* who file their reports?  Somebody at
the PSF should sit down, think about what the report really needs to
say from their point of view, and buy a pizza (as well as the
T-shirt!)  for somebody trusted to write a good but *minimal* report.
Then point to that: "Here's the quality of prose and citation you need
to aspire to, here's the minimum length and content you *must* include."

Report-writing of this kind is for the *mentors*: you want to know who
supervises well, and eventually do meta-mentoring.  Of course the
participants should be writing reports too, but this page should link
to those reports.  You'll get them; the mentor's T-shirt ("Somebody
participated in the Summer of Code and all I got is this lousy
T-shirt") is at stake!

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