On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM, S.Kemter email@example.com wrote:
Am Sonntag 12 Dezember 2010, 18:27:08 schrieb Manu Gupta:
I said I agree with a No Mentors Policy but suddenly it strikes me that we should use experience of some people who have been before our time and can act as central point of contact
IMO, Chuck aka terrorpup is one of them S Kemter aka Gnokii is one of them
I say this because they are involved from the beginning of the beginning of the project and they can help us a lot more. Plus it would be nice for people to know who they should speak to rather than randomly asking on IRC
when I see it right, what the others mean its that what I had in mind, there as not a selected group of mentors to be. We should not use the expierence of some people, we should use the expierience of all of us. I think it should be normal to help with advise when u can it and sometimes put the new one, when he need help to the right person if u not know the answer self.
We should feel responsible for the person next to us and not try to creates new jobs with titles.
On Sun, 2010-12-12 at 21:20 +0530, Buddhika Chandradeepa Kurera wrote:
HI, I think mentoring is not that important in this situation. because interested contributors can join as an ambassador and get to know the procedure and then they can apply for the membership.
BTW if there is a help needed to newly joined ambassadors they can raise it in the IRC or mailing list. Then they are able to get more solutions for the matter without being centric to one person as in mentoring.
So i think this procedure is an extra burden and there are many things to be done rather than mentoring. First I think it would be useful but now I feel its not that important. One or two people can handle adding ambassadors to the list. Answer to the questing can be posted to the mailing list. And if there is any help please post it to the list and IRC. That ll work well. -- Regards,
*Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera* The Editor in Chief - FOSS User Magazine openSUSE Ambassador - Sri Lanka
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I want to thank Kostas, for recommending for this, I think it would be a great program, but many know how I feel about being a mentor. I have very mixed feeling about what a mentor is.
I think as part of being Ambassador, that it's all our duty to mentor not just new Ambassadors, but all. Being an Ambassador isn't just creating artwork, writing blogs, hosting launch parties, or handing out DVD to people.
Being an Ambassador is all of that and more. We need to be like Sale Engineers, Marketing, Developers, Writes, Artist and End Users all rolled into one. I know many will disagree with this, but we to wear all hats as an Ambassador. We are the front line. We will do impacts how people see openSUSE and our community.
Many instead of "Mentor" program, we should identify those have been here for a while, ask them to help out as leaders. I also think it would be great to have leaders from all parts of the world. North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Because they would know the areas than just one person.
Gnokii is right that it should be all of us, as a team helping out. Not just a select group or one person.
I would like to recommend that we become more of community, there are some issue that need to be address in order for all to work together.
I joined openSUSE as an Ambassador back in May 2008, because I am not a programmer and I wanted to give back to the openSUSE and the open source community. The Ambassador program is a great way to do that.
I taught English in Japan for three and half years, for many I know they will find this hard to believe, I know my writing sucks. I am Dyslexic, but I don't let that stop me. I know my weakness, but what I learned teaching, I take that into the work I do as Ambassador, because I want people to come away loving and trusting open source, openSUSE and Linux. Plus, I love to teach and share.
I am be glad to help out any way that I can. If the group see me a mentor, then I am happy to be one, but I will only do for the community. Not for myself.