Recently I wrote a piece of advice for a mailing list regarding applying to Google Summer of Code because I was a little bit annoyed by the freshmen / first years spamming the list wondering whether they were competent enough to apply. It would be nice if I can share it to the world as well, so here it goes. I copied the post here almost verbatim so keep in mind that I was actually talking to freshmen.
It is really encouraging to see how many people are really interested in doing GSoC, but before publishing your skills or lack thereof to the list, please do a reality check: do you really know what it takes to do an open source project? Read more »