Hi, I like the idea of using a list (either this one or another dedicated list, e.g. debian-outreach-applications) to handle the first contact from each applicant so we can welcome them even if the mentor isn't always available.
In my own listings, I added a tag "+mentor" to my email address so I am less likely to miss any applicant. However, I was also thinking that such mechanisms could be used on the list so that people can distinguish which emails are about which projects. E.g. if the URL in the wiki is: mailto:email@example.com?subject=GSoC2018%20Click-to-Dial then the emails will all have subject "GSoC2018 Click-to-Dial". We can go further: each mentor could announce their project with an email to the list and then embed their message-ID in the mailto URI on the wiki. Then all the applicants to that mentor would be threaded, even if they continued the discussion off-list. Other users of the list could more easily follow or ignore threads as they please. Does anybody have a strong objection to this? Maybe I start with the calendar project, because that project is already running as part of Outreachy as well so there are several people on the list who can greet applicants. Regards, Daniel