I like the idea of simple projects that have the potential to make big improvements, and I think this is a good one: studentbugs.org.
What is studentbugs.org? Nothing but a big list of all of the bugs in the open source world that students could handle.
To start, it could be a simple script that just walks thru all known Trac/Bugzilla instances — I know that Bugzilla has a pretty
straightforward API for this sort of thing, and suspect that Trac has one as well. Just produce a big long page, one bug per line, of all bugs tagged with “student” or some equivalent, with links back to the original bug trackers.
It probably wouldn’t produce a lot of output the first few times it’s run, because most projects aren’t doing this very much. I know Mozilla is doing it, and Fedora has talked about it, don’t know if we are actually doing it yet — but I believe that if we’ve got a single place to send students and instructors to find “simple open source bugs”, it could become a very useful resource over time.
The cool thing is that it’s basically just a weekend hack. As it happens, I’m a bit short on weekends right now — so I figured I’d throw it out there for anyone who may be looking for a quick project.
If no one gets to it, I imagine I’ll find time at some point.