On 08/08/2018 06:59 AM, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 08/08/18 10:50, Pranav Jain wrote:
>> I agree to the point that we need to consider the past contributions
>> to Debian. These contributions might not directly be technical but
>> other sort too (volunteering for events, hosting mini Deb conf etc).
>> I agree that quantifying these things is difficult. But, we need to
>> have some parameters like bursary team do for DebConf.
> If both candidates have to be people with strong Debian experience then
> we end up with a situation where new people never get any momentum, so
> maybe we could aim to have one person who is an established contributor
> and one person who is from the wider community or a first time mentor.
> Is that a position that other people tend to agree with, or are people
> asking for both mentors to be strong contributors to Debian?
I understand that you want to give an opportunity to everybody but IMHO
we are talking about two different types of conferences. In one hand we
have conferences that create an environment to attract people, make them
understand what is the project and try to absorb them, those are
debconfs and minidebconfs for instance. In the other hand we have these
"external" events where there is no sentiment of Debian community but we
need to be there to share our knowledge and bring new ideas to the
project, this mentor summit fits well here. My point is that summits
like this is not the best place to try to gather new contributors.
For example, in the Debconf 18 I met a great GSoC mentor that had never
interacted with Debian community before (just in the context of GSoC)
and I felt that after this experience he will get more involved with
different areas of the project (he wanted to start packaging some
softwares and he is already involved in the organization of a BID for
the next debconfs)
Those are just my thoughts about this subject :)