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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Creation of the Incubator Ombudsman
Date Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:11:54 GMT
On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM, Alex Harui <> wrote:
> Just curious, is the ombudsman not allowed to be a mentor for a podling?
> Otherwise, that podling doesn't have a safe third-party?

Good point.  Podlings are heavily dependent on their Mentors, especially for
providing IPMC votes on releases.  If you offend a Mentor and they leave, will
you be able to find someone else from the limited pool of IPMC members?  A
reluctance to speak out is very understandable.

Put another way, when the ombud is also a Mentor, the military-justice analogy
seems valid.

I suppose that if the IPMC Chair is not the same as the ombud, they could
serve as a backup ombud.  That would satisfy your concern so long as the ombud
and the Chair aren't both Mentors for the same podling.

Marvin Humphrey

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