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From Upayavira>
Subject Re: Bringing mentors on board
Date Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:13:19 GMT
On Fri, 2010-07-16 at 12:24 +0100, Ross Gardler wrote: 
> I'm starting to ramp up on the mentoring programme ready for a 
> (potential) influx of students in September.
> We need to get potential mentors to indicate their issues on their 
> projects issue trackers. One thing I want to make clear to both mentors 
> and mentees is that we are not asking people to teach here, only guide.
> I've added the following to the intro of the mentoring page [1] (will 
> not sync for a short while, so you might want [2])
> "The mentoring programme is not here to teach you to write documentation 
> or code. It is here to help you understand how to make a valuable 
> contribution to an Apache project. You can expect to be guided through 
> our contribution processes. You can also expect to get technical support 
> with respect to your chosen project. You cannot expect your mentor to be 
> a "teacher", they will provide enough information for you to progress 
> within the project. You need to bring the confidence to take their 
> guidance and discover the detail for yourself."
> I've also added the following to the "who can be a mentee" section:
> "You do not need to be a self starter, your mentor will not take 

"do not"? I'd say you do need to be a self starter.


> responsibility for "managing" your work here. Everyone who contributes 
> to an Apache project does so on a voluntary basis, there are no managers 
> here - only helpful peers."
> Please feel free to make any clarifications you can.
> Ross
> [1]
> [2] 

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