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From Gert Vanthienen <>
Subject Re: [DRAFT] The Community Development project needs you to go to the pub!
Date Wed, 02 Jun 2010 19:24:02 GMT

Great initiative on opening this up to all committers!  The draft mail
looks good to me -- it does a good job explaining what the this
particular program is all about and the instructions for signing up as
a committer are clear (to me).


Gert Vanthienen

On 2 June 2010 16:05, Nick Burch <> wrote:
> Since we all seem happy with opening the local mentors program up to all
> committers, I'm planning to send this to committers@ shortly. Any feedback
> before I do gratefully received!
> Nick
> ===========================================================
> Hi All
> Some of you may have heard of the Apache Community Development project[1],
> but for those of you who haven't, our aim here is to help newcomers to The
> Apache Software Foundation take their first steps on their way to being a
> part of our community.
> As part of this, we've set up a new program - the Local Mentors Program[2],
> which aims to help people new to open source have a quick chat with someone
> more experienced who happens to live near them.
> So, why email everyone? Well, that depends on how long you've been involved
> in the ASF...
> If you're a new committer:
> If you'd like to learn some more about how the ASF works, discover how other
> projects have solved problems you might be having, get tips on contributing,
> or even just see your first friendly face from the ASF, then please use the
> local mentors program to find someone near you! Once you've identified
> someone near you, drop them a quick email, and hopefully meet them for a
> pint / coffee / etc and a chat. You might want to wait a few days for more
> people to sign up though!
> If you're an existing committer:
> Remembering back to when you first got involved in Apache, you may recall it
> a little daunting, you may have had some fun with timezones or language
> barriers, or just with how to get more involved. With that experience in
> mind, we'd love it if you could take the odd hour to enjoy a drink with
> someone near you who's in a similar situation at the moment!
> If you can, please do sign up to be a local mentor. All you need is a
> FOAF file[3] containing your location (it's easy to create one if you don't
> have one yet - see [4]). Once you have a location listing FOAF file, please
> list it in the DOAP file[5] in svn, and wait. A day later, you'll be listed!
> To find out more, please see
> To browse for current mentors, see
> Any questions/comments? Our mailing list is
> Thanks!
> Nick
> (On behalf of the ComDev PMC)
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> [5]

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