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Re: GSoC results!


From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: GSoC results!
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 08:54:01 +0200
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Am Samstag 20 September 2008 10:18:34 schrieb olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net:
> I'm fine either way :-)
>
> Initially it seemed a bit odd to me, that although I always call myself
> "antrik" in all my Hurd-related an generally most of my online
> activities, everyone addresses me by my christian name in email... But
> by now I got used to it so much that it actually feels almost strange
> when someone addresses me as "antrik" in email...

I know that feeling; I had that with RPG mailing lists :) 

> Well, while I certainly think that the students did great work, I'm
> generally tend to be quite sceptical about effusive statements...
>
> More importantly, as I did the biggest part of the mentoring, it would
> be praising myself -- so obviously I couldn't write it like that :-)

I thought so (wouldn't have written the sentence if I had been a mentor, but 
since I was just a bystander, I could write exactly what I think. 

You *did* (and do) great work! 

> All of the others have been doing some work on their projects over the
> past weeks. I don't know the current status though, as nobody came to
> this week's IRC meeting...

I hope people will come this week, so we know who's still active. 

> Well, it is mentioned in the paragraphs for the individual projects...

I saw that, but I asked myself "What part of the information should people 
remember who just skim that page?" 

The answer I found was: 

* The Hurd is moving forward.
* Google Summer of Code 2008 was a great success (there were several 
interesting and uccessful projects)!
* GSoC increased the pace of the Hurd, so it will be moving even faster. 
* Participation in the Hurd has a big impact. 

In short: "The Hurd is active and rapidly improving - and your contribution 
will have a big effect."

Since I believe that myself, and since it is part of the information in the 
paragraphs (just not shown prominently), this is just plain honest PR: "Show 
your strengths, else you betray people about yourself"

But before I go on, I've got an important question: 

Is it OK for you (or do you want me to) try to get the Hurd PR a bit more 
effective? 

Best wishes, 
Arne
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