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{{admon/tip|DRAFT|This is a first draft. If you got any comments feel free to contact [[User:mmoeller|Marcus Moeller]] or join the discussions on the Ambassadors mailinglist.}}
 
{{admon/tip|DRAFT|This is a first draft. If you got any comments feel free to contact [[User:mmoeller|Marcus Moeller]] or join the discussions on the Ambassadors mailinglist.}}
  
This page has been created because some people where unsatisfied with how new (Ambassador) mentors are elected. As mentors act as first contact for new Ambassadors and are listed on the [[Ambassadors/Join|join]] page, the role of being a mentor is seen as something special by a lot of group members.<br/>
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New Ambassadors are advised to get in contact with a mentor during the [[Ambassadors/Join|join]] process. Due to this fact the role of being a mentor is seen as something special by a lot of group members. We are often asked how to become a mentor (e.g. on the  [http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015833.html Mailinglist])<br/>
  
We should make clear that the mentoring role is definitely nothing special and the job that a mentor does could also be done by every regular Ambassador BUT offer a path for every Ambassador (with skills) who is really willed to help in mentoring to join up for that role.
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This proposal is meant to describe the role of mentors in the Ambassadors project and to describe how they are elected. People who are asking on how to become a mentor could be pointed there.
 
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===Current Situation===
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The normal way mentors are elected is that they are choosen by FAmSCo on demand. This leads to the situation that ppl are sometimes told that there are no more mentors needed in a specific region and a few weeks/days later someone else is raised for that position. The one who asked to be a mentor in first place might be frustrated as he/she did not see something like a waiting list (where he/she might be on top) and is not told why someone else is getting the job.
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There are a few ways to get rid of this situation:
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===No need for a title===
 
===No need for a title===
We should clearly communicate that mentors are necessary but that there is no need for a title to get things done. Everybody is welcome to  
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Everybody is welcome to  
  
 
* help new Ambassadors to get started
 
* help new Ambassadors to get started
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* promote Fedora in any form
 
* promote Fedora in any form
  
The challenge is to communicate that to everyone who is interested. A 'The role of mentors in the Ambassadors project' page containing these hints could be a starting point.
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TODO:
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describe briefly
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====The role of mentors in the Ambassadors project====
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TODO:
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describe why mentors are still needed
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what is special about a mentor
  
====But ... a title is a honour, isn't it?====
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===How mentors are elected===
Well, in these days a title might be seen as honour (and that's what Ambassador often see in the role of a mentor)<br/>
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The normal way mentors are elected is that they are chosen by FAmSCo on demand.  
Even if we do not want to promote mentorship as a role that is worth/necessary to be taken we should define rules that allow everybody (with skills) to join up. Therefore a call for mentors should be announced (at least on the ML, maybe even via Blog) when new mentors are needed (for a specific region)
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Afterwards, everybody who is interested in being a mentor could add his/her name to a list together with a few notes on why he/she wants to do that job. The benefit would be that FAmSCo would notice all ppl who are interested in becoming mentors. The list could contain self-nominations and nominations by others.
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TODO:
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link to what FAmSCo is (chosen by the community, mixed group of ppl)
If a new mentor is chosen from that list, a short statement should be published on why exactly this guy/girl is getting the job. Everyone who has not been elected, should be able to ask why (maybe offlist) and receive an adequate answer (describing either that he/she is not seen as skilled enough, or giving hints on what to improve to raise the chance for the next vote).
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describe the election criteria / how to we discover ppl that should be mentors
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how do we make sure that not only friends of FAmSCo team members are elected
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is there a need of limit the mentor role on a time basis? (e.g. one could only be a mentor for about one year)?
  
 
===SOP===
 
===SOP===
  
From the decisions taken based on this draft, standard operation procedures should be generated to have a defined process for electing new mentors. This will improve transparency and lower frustration.'''
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From the decisions taken based on this draft, standard operation procedures should be generated to have a defined process for electing new mentors.'''
  
 
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Improving Ambassadors Mentoring Process

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DRAFT
This is a first draft. If you got any comments feel free to contact Marcus Moeller or join the discussions on the Ambassadors mailinglist.

New Ambassadors are advised to get in contact with a mentor during the join process. Due to this fact the role of being a mentor is seen as something special by a lot of group members. We are often asked how to become a mentor (e.g. on the Mailinglist)

This proposal is meant to describe the role of mentors in the Ambassadors project and to describe how they are elected. People who are asking on how to become a mentor could be pointed there.

No need for a title

Everybody is welcome to

  • help new Ambassadors to get started
  • invite other Ambassadors to take part at events
  • promote Fedora in any form

TODO:

describe briefly

The role of mentors in the Ambassadors project

TODO:

describe why mentors are still needed
what is special about a mentor

How mentors are elected

The normal way mentors are elected is that they are chosen by FAmSCo on demand.

TODO:

link to what FAmSCo is (chosen by the community, mixed group of ppl)
describe the election criteria / how to we discover ppl that should be mentors
how do we make sure that not only friends of FAmSCo team members are elected
is there a need of limit the mentor role on a time basis? (e.g. one could only be a mentor for about one year)? 

SOP

From the decisions taken based on this draft, standard operation procedures should be generated to have a defined process for electing new mentors.