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From Hadrian Zbarcea <>
Subject Re: Incubator report sign-off
Date Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:12:37 GMT

On 12/29/2014 09:15 AM, Rich Bowen wrote:
> This is what happens when I write email like this and then go for two 
> weeks off of work. Catching up ...
> On 12/19/2014 01:10 PM, Roman Shaposhnik wrote:
>> First of all,*my*  expectation is that multiple mentors on the project
>> are more of redundancy or HA consideration. IOW, my expectation that
>> a project needs to have at least one active mentor at all times, but
>> it doesn't have to be the same person. Thus, I expect at least a signle
>> sign-off on the report and I don't mind if it ends up being a single one
>> too much.
> You make a good point. I have been critical, of late, of projects that 
> have N mentors, and only 1 or 2 mentors sign off on a report. However, 
> I think you may have changed my perspective here, and I appreciate 
> your insight.
>> Second biggest expectation that I have is that mentors are extension
>> of the IPMC, not part of the poddling. They are akin to professors or
>> faculty members -- they are not part of the student body. As such
>> we, as IPMC are accountable to make sure that mentors perform
>> their duties. My expectation is that it is as unfair to ask poddling to
>> actively pursue mentors who are missing in action as it would
>> be unfair to ask students to hire detectives to hunt down professors
>> who don't show up for class. What is fair, is to provide poddlings
>> with a semi-format feedback channel for IPMC to monitor things
>> like mentors MIA.
> Agreed.
> Presumably, projects with no signoff are sent back to report again, 
> with a scolding note to the MIA mentors. As mentioned elsewhere, we 
> don't want to punish the podling for underperforming mentors.

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