How to be a successful contributor
Jeroen van Meeuwen
kanarip at kanarip.com
Sun Jul 11 15:37:33 UTC 2010
Mike McGrath wrote:
> With the help of some others I've put this document together:
> I intend on having it be required reading for new members of the
> Infrastructure team as part of our GettingStarted page. I thought I'd
> mention it here in case others would like to make it part of their sign up
> Questions / comments welcome.
Reading this page for the first time...
It looks like a better title would be:
"How to *become* a successful contributor"
Further, the page isn't written very well; Who thinks it's suitable to say to
a new, potential contributor:
"It is your job to ..."
"This step is both incredibly difficult and important."
"The single biggest mistake new contributors make"
It just sounds way too negative, and I'm thinking for a prominent page to be
put in front of many new, potentially very valuable contributors, it should be
motivating, a brochure to close the sale.
So, in effect, where we say "incredibly difficult to find a mentor", what we
should be asking ourselves is "why is it difficult to find a mentor and more
importantly, what can we do about it?". A solution as simple as a wiki page
listing mentors and their location (physical proximity helps) might just solve
Just my $0.02
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