[Ambassadors] How to be a Mentor?

Abdel G. Martínez L. abdel.g.martinez.l at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 23:04:56 UTC 2010

Gracias María, Neville.  Entendí.

2010/10/29 María Leandro <tatica at fedoraproject.org>

> Hello.
> I'll try to give an answer that should make all think about what a Mentor
> should and must be, and hope to help.
> It is true that in LATAM (same that other regions) there is a need of
> Mentors to help, guide and contribute to the project. Mentors (as I like to
> see it) are those ambassadors that, after a while working on the project and
> helping her folks, "deserve" and "win" the right to be considered as
> Mentors.
> A Mentor (same as Ambassador) must not be someone that "want to
> contribute", because the only thing needed to contribute is the will.
> Instead, a Mentor and an Ambassador must be people that already are working,
> and as the rest of the community see the contributions, is nominated to
> become one of them.
> One of the most regular things I see in the community is that there is a
> huge percent of people that thinks that install Fedora in a computer gives
> them the right to claim a recognition, there is also other group of people
> that helps during years without asking for anything, and sometimes we don't
> even know their names... this is the difficult part of work with people that
> you probably will never know.
> Here is where the Ambassadors and Mentors work comes... to create links
> between those contributors, users and enthusiastics that are working to help
> us to improove the community; and the group itself know that this group of
> people deserve to make a step foward into the "structure". All Ambassadors
> and Mentors should contribute to at least one team of Fedora... this is my
> perspective.
> I have been appart of the community for over a month, and sometimes is good
> to give a step back to see the perspective of the team as a sum of
> resources, what everyone of us (and as ambassadors and Mentors must do this
> question to the candidates) is:
> ¿Do you think you deserve to be an Ambassador/Mentor?
> ¿Do you think that the Ambassador/Mentor status will change the way you
> help?
> Humility is the first feature a contributor must have... the rest will
> come by itself. Perhaps I'm a very strict mentor, but the idea is to
> archieve goals and make the people archieve their own goals. As another
> Ambassador told me once "People comes, People goes" the same must be aplied
> to the fact that this is a communitary work, to help people, not to reach
> status.
> Have a nice evening :)
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