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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: Mentors and members (was: Re: Mentors On IPMC [WAS Re: [Vote] RCFproposal (was: [Proposal] RCF - a rich component library for JSF)])
Date Mon, 09 Apr 2007 22:05:10 GMT
Ted Husted wrote:
> On 4/9/07, William A. Rowe, Jr. <wrowe@rowe-clan.net> wrote:
>> If you can give me some counter examples of why non ASF member mentorship
>> is a positive thing, I'd certainly consider those.
> 
> It seems inconsistent to me that we would say to someone, yes, you
> have earned sufficient merit to serve on the  IPMC, but, no, you have
> not earned sufficient merit to be a podling Mentor.
> 
> In most cases, the underlying issue would be timing. We accept
> podlings and mentors year round. ASF Members we accept only once or
> twice a year.

I'd agree with you if I perceived Mentorship as a privilege.  I don't,
I view it entirely as a responsibility to convey "What is Apache" to
an aspiring podling.  I don't disagree that any of our iPMC members
(members of any PMC at the foundation, actually) are very clueful and ready
to help new projects, since they are learning the internals of how projects
operate at their respective projects.

But there is nothing stopping individuals from becoming a contributor.
I guess my point is that mentorship isn't a privilege, and shouldn't be
viewed as a feather in one's cap.  We need active mentors, not those who
would sign up just for the title.  ASF-Members-as-mentors has not really
solved this issue, but I believe it still constrains the issue.

Bill


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