Reading GSoC applications is sometimes funny. This year I've decided to be active only in phpMyAdmin projects, but this still gives enough interesting texts.
Some people definitely did not even care about looking at our name and think phpMyAdmin is written in C:
I assume this project would require C/C++ programming and, of course, SQL.
We ask people to tell us a little about their real life, in most cases this includes information where did the student study and so on, but sometimes it is just:
I'm a fairly standard guy.
In some cases people rather use some random file sharing service to post their CV and I'm too impatient to wait for several minutes till free download is available and I'm definitely not going to pay to download it.
PS: As usual, the last day we receive most incomplete proposals over the time. Generally I think that the best proposals arrive at beginning and the quality lowers. This is probably heavily influenced by our requirements for students to know the code before and advertising GSoC early, so that the really interested ones are ready to submit proposals as soon as the interface is open, while others trying to catch train later.