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From Jukka Zitting <>
Subject Re: Shepherds for podling reports
Date Thu, 03 May 2012 21:06:58 GMT

On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM, Matt Hogstrom <> wrote:
> Added my name,

Great, thanks!

Would you mind taking the role of "shepherdX" this month and giving a
closer look at Clerezza, Lucene.NET and Syncope?

> but, haven't mentors already kind of volunteered for this by virtue that they are mentoring?

Yes, they have. Each mentor should in any case have reviewed the
reports of their podlings and provided any required feedback.

However, often mentors are "too close" to a project to tell whether
the report gives a good enough picture of the project status without
extra context. Also, there have been plenty of cases of absent or
otherwise busy mentors leaving podlings with little or no effective
review or feedback.

For these reasons I think it's useful for at least one "outsider" from
within the IPMC to do a closer review of the podling report before we
forward it to the ASF board. If everything's fine, the mentors have
already done their job and the task of the shepherd becomes just to OK
the report and move on. If not, the shepherd should raise a flag for
the podling community, its mentors, or ultimately the IPMC to resolve.


Jukka Zitting

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