Done! I’ve just filed an application for Mentoring Organization at the Google Summer of Code 2009 on behalf of the Hugin/Panotools community. Now it is time to keep fingers crossed. We’ll know March 18.
One of the many good things about the improved application process is the question: “What criteria do you use to select members of your group? Please be as specific as possible”. It was not there in previous years, and it is a good thought provoker that may help discerning truly open organizations from organizations that simply share their code under an Open Source license but keep some degrees of control.
I first read the question during the testing period for Melange, the new web application underlying the administration of the Summer of Code. I realized that while we do have established habits, they have never been formalized, with the consequence that every time a new contributor shows up we’re dealing with the same questions (wasting decision-making time) rather than applying an existing policy in fire and forget mode. Assuming, of course, that the policy is sensible and up to date.
As a preparation for the application I drafted a Community Charter. I circulated the initial draft with the people involved in the application process, made a small amendment and requested comments from our community. As expected it did not attract particular criticism or questions since it documents existing practice.