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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: Reform of Incubator {was; [DISCUSSION] Graduate Ignite from the Apache Incubator)
Date Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:35:51 GMT
> Empower the Mentors to run the podlings, teach the newcomers and bring it
> to TLP.

As a mentor of podlings, I dislike the above idea.

Mentors get busy, they miss things, sometimes big things. Sometimes
things that are obvious to an outsider are missed by mentors who don't
catch it. I've certainly been guilty of missing things, and having an
'outside IPMC member' call attention to that has caused me to go find
not just that problem, but other problems with a podling.

Even on smaller issues, Justin and Sebb run circles around me in
validating that releases comply with policy. I've voted affirmatively
on releases that Justin or Sebb has found issues; occasionally glaring
issues. I do not think that just because I am a mentor on $project and
they aren't invalidates concerns they may raise. I may have additional
insight, and be able to explain things.

Similarly, a vote was brought to the IPMC as to whether or not to
recommend graduation. We asked people to inspect the podling and vote,
and for some reason seem displeased when everyone doesn't unanimously
agree with the mentors. I am not sure whether to interpret that as
'non-mentor IPMC votes are discouraged', or whether 'dissenting
opinions are discouraged'. But telling the body responsible (the IPMC)
to leave podlings in its charge alone, particularly when prompted by a
vote called by the podling itself hardly seems appropriate.


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