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From Roman Shaposhnik <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Jr. Mentor role
Date Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:16:42 GMT
On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:32 AM, Upayavira <uv@odoko.co.uk> wrote:
> I guess I would encourage you to do as Luciano suggests, and to chat to
> mentors on a project that you might help with.

Great. Lets make it practical -- there's a Helix project that is currently
being proposed for incubation. I'm very much interested in helping
it to grow into a TLP eventually. Given how closely it aligns with some
of the things we're trying to do in Bigtop -- I'm definitely joining the
community.

What are the next steps for me, if I would like to volunteer some of
my time to support the formal mentors of the project?

What about any other project that is being proposed for incubation?
Should it all just be on an ad-hoc basis where I reach out to
existing mentors and offer my help?

> It is not uncommon for mentors to feel stretched, and thus might appreciate
> some help with their mentoring duties.

Simply joining a community is definitely very, very useful, but I guess
what I was alluding to is a notion that the official IPMC members can
count on somebody coming as a Jr. Mentor as far as handling some
of the more mundane tasks of mentoring is concerned.

Of course, everything in Apache is done by volunteers, but there are
are different levels of this volunteer commitment. It just so happens that
formal mentors are expected to volunteer a bit more of their time to
help podlings. Members of the podling community know that they can
reach out to mentors and expect an answer, where's if they simply
reach out to the community (or any particular member of the community)
there's no presumption that cycles will be available.

Hence my suggestion -- a more designated role that can be viewed by
the podling community in the same way as they view mentors.

Thanks,
Roman.

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