No, absolutely not. Because I want to be one of the people to take this trip and I refuse to go with the 535 people you have in mind. They would do nothing but argue and then blame each other when nothing got done. And to make matters worse, they'd show up at my house, since they never finished their own due to arguing, and when I turn them away so I could survive they'd call me prejudiced.
Yes send them and let them make the first settlements. Then you and others can go about six months later and if any of them are still alive then maybe they will have done some good ground work for the real settlers.
I applaud anyone that wants to take this journey because its suicidal. I think you should be single though and not be leaving your family behind never to see them in person again.
Yes, it would be a fascinating experience, to go where few people had gone before. I don't think it will happen in my lifetime, but it would be very interesting to do. I am sure that the Mars community would be filled with interesting adventurous people as well, so life on Mars would not be boring.
I agree, an antarctic or undersea or a desert colony would be a good start. Also an orbital space colony. The gravity on the moon would be quite low, whereas a space station would have artificial gravity due to centrifugal motion.