Mentorship Within Communities And Beyond
Projection Experiments With Case Studies
The importance of mentorship is unparalleled in communities looking for onboarding and retaining contributors to work towards achieving a mission. Multiple free and open-source software communities participate in benefactor programmes like Google Summer Of Code, Outreachy and Major League Hacking to be able to introduce new contributors. While starting off can be easy, the notion "If you build it, they will come" rarely meets its meaning with various problems like culture differences, expectation mismatches and compatibility issues that can make their way through a mentorship endeavour.
In this discussion, we wish to present the possible challenges one can face during mentorship in free and open-source software communities and how to build strategies to overcome them. Our projection experiment aims to demonstrate how one can get started with making the correct conversations across various curated scenarios that may take place in free and open-source software communities. These can be helpful examples to follow for both mentors, who have been contributing for a long time for a long time and mentees, who are just getting started with participating in a project.
Who is the target audience?
- Project leaders looking for methods to onboard and retain contributors effectively in a community
- Professionals venturing to share their knowledge and experience with other junior contributors
- Community managers attempting to learn the best practices for incentivizing positive community health
- Budding contributors striving to participate in a community to make meaningful contributions
- Existing members seeking to expand connections to other subprojects and subteams within their community
- Students trying to put their learnings into utility while contributing to FOSS communities
How does the target audience benefit?
- Project leaders would be understanding the effective methods to onboard and retain contributors
- Professionals would be recognizing how they can share their learnings for professional growth
- Community managers would be appreciating the best practices of incentivizing positive community health
- Budding contributors would be finding multiple methods to meaningfully participate in communities
- Existing members would be learning to step up their contributions by participating in other parts
- Students would be comprehending ways to learn new things and make friends while contributing
- Akashdeep Dhar
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