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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Re: Guiding volunteers
Date Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:57:31 GMT


On 2/4/2016 10:35 AM, Greg Chase wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:25 PM, Patricia Shanahan <pats@acm.org> wrote:
>
>> An alternative approach would be a help-wanted page, organized according
>> to skills, maintained on the same sort of system as the board agenda. Each
>> PMC chair whose project is looking for volunteers would supply information
>> about their needs. The result would be a public web page potential
>> volunteers could search.
>>
>> Ideally, it would be on a whimsey-like system, but a start could be made
>> by just defining a format and keeping the master page in a PMC chair
>> accessible SVN archive.
>>
>>
> This is a wonderful idea.  I've been looking for a way to get the various
> incubating communities I'm helping organize recruit new contributors.  This
> would help solve this problem by making it easier for (p)PMC's to
> articulate what they would like help with from new community members.
>
> Obviously it would be an adhoc system, and up to projects to fill out and
> keep their want ad's up to date.  Perhaps a rule of the system would be
> that want ads are automatically deleted after a month if they aren't
> visited and renewed by project members to verify they are still current.

I like the idea of automatic disappearance, but maybe make it three 
months and tie it to the board report cycle - every time a PMC files a 
board report, it should also check and update its help wanted.

>
> So basically, I'm volunteering to help here :)

I would also like to help, but don't know how to get something like this 
started.

Patricia

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