Re: selecting Debian mentors for the mentor summit
On Tue, Aug 07, 2018 at 09:09:54PM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> I didn't see anybody else comment on the selection algorithm publicly so
> I'd like to throw in a couple of suggestions, so if there are more than
> 2 people who want to go, the following strategy could be used to
> eliminate candidates until only two are left:
> - eliminate candidates who already attended the summit in the past
> - eliminate candidates who had a DebConf bursary this year
> - eliminate candidates who had a DebConf bursary within the last 3 years
> - eliminate candidates who had a bursary for any other major event in
> the last year
I tend to agree to Karen that linking this to bursaries is problematic.
If you're not just going to pick names from a hat then I'd suggest
favouring people with a track record of contributing to Debian who
simply haven't been to Debconf or similar recently, and haven't been
to the mentor summit before.
(I have no horse in this race - I'll be at the summit but as org admin
> Google set a deadline of 5 September for the two chosen mentors to
> register with Google but to allow mentors to commence their travel
> planning, leave authorization and anything else I would propose that we
> have a Debian deadline for people to express interest by 15 August at
> 23:59 with a prompt decision by admins after that.
That will only leave 8 weeks to sort out visas and book flights, which
is quite tight for those with complicated visa process to navigate.
People have already had plenty of time to say they want to go, and there
are already many more candidates than places.
> As noted in the Google email to mentors on 1 August, every mentor can
> put their name on the wait list for extra places at the summit, you can
> do that now using the link provided by Google.
In some past years a lot of Debian mentors have joined the waitlist, and
OSPO have asked the admins to coordinate to choose just one. Such
things do change with time, but don't be surprised if that happens.
Also remember that we don't get extra travel funds for wait list places
this year (which is different to some previous years). Once the GSoC
funds are used, you'll need to find more funds or people will have to
pay for themselves.