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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: Mentors - the more, the merrier? [WAS Re: [VOTE] Accept Heraldry into the Incubator]
Date Thu, 13 Jul 2006 12:36:48 GMT

On Jul 12, 2006, at 1:39 PM, robert burrell donkin wrote:

> On 7/11/06, Geir Magnusson Jr <> wrote:
> <snip>
> (And I'll note now that I'm interested in participating, although  
> can't
>> commit the time to be a mentor right now.)
> this seems like a good opportunity to reintroduce an existing issue (
> 200607.mbox/% 
> under a better heading :-)
> the incubator seems to be moving to favouring more mentors. this works
> better in many ways: it gives an initial ppmc a builtin quruom and  
> provides
> better oversight. the role of a solo mentor has traditionally been  
> difficult
> and has consumed a lot of energy. multiple mentors would allow wider
> participation (without some of the current worries about mentors  
> becoming
> overstretched by working on too many projects).
> but this approach may lead to problems if none of the mentors  
> actually have
> enough consistent energy to devote to the podling.
> i've been wondering whether the answer may be to have a chair for  
> each ppmc
> analogous to the role of the pmc chair. the initial pmc would be  
> composed of
> the mentors for the podling and so a chair would need to be elected  
> from
> within their number. at least one mentor would therefore need to  
> commit to
> devote the energy required to perform this role. they would also  
> form the
> first point of contact for the incubator pmc.

This was addressed by the board a few months ago, where we
admitted that having several Mentors could make sense, but
that there needed to be one Mentor which was tasked with
the position of being the, for lack of a better term,
primary mentor. This was relayed to the Incubator PMC.

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