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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: Mentor attrition
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:40:36 GMT
There has been a lot of heated email sent on the incubator lists in
the last few months. It was my mistake not to realize that my email
asking about mentor commitment and experience would be read in the
light of that context.

I don't claim to know why the mentor-less podlings lost their mentors,
and it's not my intention to cast aspersions on any relevant

However, I do think that the IPMC should think a moment about the
mentors before approving any given proposal. I repeat: 'think a
moment.' At very least, I think that I am entitled to wonder whether
the proposed mentors of a proposed podling are likely to require some
additional support and assistance to succeed. I might make it my
business to provide it.

Yes, there are good reasons why a person might depart from the role of
mentor. My view is that this is about balance. Mentors, in my opinion,
should be signed up to putting in the necessary effort for a
reasonable period of time. Of course, stuff happens, but if a proposal
comes with three mentors, none of whom feel confident that they'll be
around in two months, I think that it calls for some thinking.

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