[Sugar-devel] First draft of proposal SugarLabs Social - Gsoc'18

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Fri Mar 23 02:43:22 EDT 2018

Thanks for the proposal, Daman.  I've reviewed it carefully.

We have had a Discourse instance Social Help [1] created during a GSoC
2014 project [2], and it was not used much; your proposal does not
mention either (a) this history, (b) how the Discourse instance will
be decommissioned, (c) how the Sugar desktop Social Help feature [3]
will be deprecated [4], or (d) how your project will avoid the same

Part of the explanation from the Wiki is "A competitive proposal must
include some evidence that the approach taken will result in some use
-- just because we build it doesn't mean they will come." [5].

You might also consider how your project is different to Facebook,
Instagram, or Twitter.  Why can't these wider services be used?

Is the real problem a failure of collective action of Sugar Labs
contributors to concentrate their online social activity on a single
platform?  If so, how will another project help?  See [6] for a view
on collective action problems by Anne Schwenkenbecher, Lecturer in
Philosophy, Murdoch University.


1.  https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Service/Social_Help

2.  https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code/2014/Prasoon2211/Social_Help

3.  https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/Social_Help

4.  https://github.com/geekrypter/Sugar-Labs-Social/issues/6 "Deprecate
and remove existing Sugar Labs Social Help features" closed today with
no corresponding action.

5.  https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code/2018

6.  http://theconversation.com/the-93286

On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:43:26AM +0530, Daman Tekchandani wrote:
> Hey, I have completed my First Draft of Proposal for SugarLabs Social Project.
> Please do check it out.  [1]https://goo.gl/3yrFtT 
> Reviews, critique, and suggestions appreciated.
> And one more thing can anyone write the answer for the Impact of my project on
> SugarLabs community as I need two answers from the members of SugarLabs
> Community. Thanks in advance.
> References:
> [1] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eFYh2WnOiAjwfYFs_W_u2xFFUyUv4Q19t3Wja17XDm8/edit#

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