Re: mentors for new maintainers
> Igor Grobman wrote:
> > > [Fabrizio wrote:] Yes it is, but ... who volunteers?
> > > I remember Bruce posting a request for this more then once and after
> > > several months nothing have moved.
> > I believe it was Fernando, and we'll never know who volunteered :-)
> > (I know I (I know I did).
> Yes, Fernando offered to coordinate, but I don't know if some new
> developer were effectively helped.
Right, because he disappeared shortly after.
> > >
> > > The problem IMO is that a lot of people can help on a list, where
> > > you can post and following a thread if you have time, but follow
> > > a new developer is a ... full time job.
> > I think you are exaggerating it a bit here.
> yes, I am. Please let me say that the decision to mentor a person needs
> just a little more responsibility than following a package.
But it's no more than following 20 packages which some developers do.
> > I have a little bit of an experience of walking people through on IRC.
> Oh, IRC.
> As much non-edu people in Europe I can't use IRC because of telephone
That's why I proposed mentoring through email. IRC is great for mentoring
> > We do have enough docs to explain everything. A
> > mentor just needs to fill in the small holes which are not clearly
> > explained in the docs.
> Then having this holes discovered on a public list could have the side
> effect of "closing" them (upgrading the docs).
I don't see how it couldn't be the same way with individual mentors.
> > Here is where debian-newbiemaintainer list might be a good idea.
> > Not only the newbies can ask questions, but the mentors too :).
> I think that the bigger advantage in the use of a list in in "sharing
> answers". Such a list should surely have a FAQ.
again, I am sure, eventually, a new-maintainer FAQ either way.
> > I still need more volunteers if we are going to go ahead with this
> > idea.
> This could be the "final" problem.
Actually, it looks like I have close to enough people to get started.
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