[Openstack-sigs] [First Contact]Initial Ideas on forming the First Contact SIG

Flavio Percoco flavio at redhat.com
Wed Sep 27 07:46:20 UTC 2017

On 26/09/17 08:25 +0800, Zhipeng Huang wrote:
>Yes the mentors are far from organized and numerically enough, for example
>we barely feel its existence in China. The mentors cannot be some one that
>is only reachable via IRC or at the summit. It should be proper-trained
>local developers that could provide f2f offline help. That is why the local
>chapter leads are so important in this matter. They are the real and flesh
>that first-comers could come to instead of testing waters via any strange

I think the point you made in this last paragraph is quite important. The lack
of local mentors is one of the problems we need to solve.

In this particular case, I don't think we need to nail down the deepest root
cause of these behaviours, we know they exist and we know the impact they have
in our community. I'm not as interested in knowing exactly who is bahaving this
way - or why they are doing it - as I'm in setting up a process to reach out to
these folks and provide mentoring. At the very least, I'd like there to be
enough learning resources.

We can start by focusing on expanding our mentoring groups. It is known that
mentor's presence in some countries is low and sometimes non existant. In
addition to this, we can also work on translating some of the guides we already
have like the project team guide.

Zhipeng Huang, do you think we can start by mentoring local folks in your
community and finding volunteers to translate the Project Team Guide? Do you
think this would help?

Once we have local mentors - and hopefully translated guides - we can push
forward the idea of having a SIG like the one proposed. As others, I'm worried
that creating a new SIG right now would not produce the results we want as there
is still not a clear understand of how we can help solving this problem. One
thing I would expect from this SIG is to have some sort of deliverables (new
guides, create new mentors, promote translation of the existing guides, etc)
instead of being a body waiting for newcomers to reach out.


Flavio Percoco
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