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From "Henri Yandell" <flame...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [OT] what is a "mentor", anyway? (was: [classlib] where to put mods...)
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2006 02:52:10 GMT
On 3/22/06, Leo Simons <mail@leosimons.com> wrote:
> Hi gang,
> Just some soul-searching on a sunny wednesday morning (over here
> anyways)...
> much of the traffic I see these days on harmony-dev (I'm through the
> back-log. Yay!) to me looks like lots of people in "violent agreement"
> and it prompts me to write messages like this, eg trying to help the
> people doing the actual work to reach consensus. I keep wondering whether
> I should actually send them (and try and fill this whole "mentor" (I
> *hate* that word. It reminds me of mr. Myagi from the movie "The Karate
> Kid". I identify more with the karate kid :-)) role, since this
> consensus thing in an online community is probably new to some of the
> harmony crew) or just let people sort it out on their own (and let
> meritocracy rule).
> If you have an opinion on this, please do let me know, and I might
> adjust behaviour accordingly (realistically, I learn slowly, but I do
> try! :-)).....its not like the incubator has any kind of "how to do
> mentoring" guide, nor is harmony a whole lot like the other projects
> in the incubator, so we're often just winging it.....thanks!

There hasn't been a karate kid movie in which a wizened and old Ralph
Macchio trains up some new upstart for the 2050 Virtual Karate bout?
Once the new Rocky movie is out, I bet we'll see it.

In the much simpler Roller, I've tended to split it such that for
foundational issues (legal/infra/board-report) I hop in pretty quickly
and for development issues I stay quite out of the way. Being a mentor
kind of pulled me away from the little development I was doing, so I'm
looking forward to it going TLP.

The downside of this is that it's not getting people used to how to
get those things done - so probably a better answer is to hop in
pretty quickly for foundational issues - but don't actually do
anything. Merely provide the information for someone else to get it
dealt with.

Rotating build reports is one such example. I think we mentors should
be encouraging members of the community to do them rather than taking
care of them (unsure if the Harmony mentors take care of the reports
or not).

For developmental issues and general community banging - hand out the
rope and then when everybody is hung you can be wise Mr Miyagi and
explain why they should have been waxing on and off? :)


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