This year we were inundated with proposals for the Google Summer of Code; Plasma received 48 proposals. Many of them were very good, but sadly we know we are not going to get even half that number approved. So a bunch of the Plasma SoC mentors hunkered down on IRC today along with Lydia, who is doing an awesome job of overseeing the KDE SoC process along with Jeff, and went through all the proposals together.
We divided them into four categories: must-haves, would-be-nice-to-haves, neutral and probably-nots. This was not the easiest of tasks, but we were all in general agreement on things so it went as quickly as it could. The spreadsheet with our proposals on it quickly came into order as we color coded and ordered the entries, then we went and reflected the results with our votes on the SoC page itself.
We have seven "must-haves" and hopefully Google will bless us with spots for all of them. I still feel bad for the inevitable raft of proposals that, despite being good, won't get approved. Hopefully several of these students can actually take on their projects anyways, just as we have done in past years.
I'm excited about the proposals at the top of our list, however. It's going to be a great summer, methinks. :)