Re: [Diversity] early mentoring for /any/ draft (was - Re: [Mentoring-coordinators] Participation in active IETF work)

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Subject: Re: [Diversity] early mentoring for /any/ draft (was - Re: [Mentoring-coordinators] Participation in active IETF work)
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On 4/19/2016 9:35 AM, nalini.elkins@insidethestack.com wrote:
>> think you are right on all counts.  I have seen some very horrible prose
>> from native English speakers.
>>
>> But, the mentoring program is not just for non-native English speakers.
>>  It is for all IETFers.

>There is an appealingly subversive possibility in this:  Getting 
>"outside" people to review work much earlier in its lifecycle.  We have 
>long lamented the fact that we do reviews late in the cycle, after a 
>great deal of energy has been expended and people have become 
>entrenched.  Getting others to review the work early it its development 
>could do considerably more than improve its writing...

Indeed.
The mentoring initiative I want to start after Berlin is for people to solicit a team to work with them to co-author a draft.  That is, person x has an idea (but no draft), he / she gets 5 minutes & 2 foils to present the idea in a webinar.   Others on the webinar ask questions for another 5-10 minutes.   Then, if people would like, they can tell person x that they would be interested in being a co-author.
If person x gets no takers as far as co-authors, he / she may wish to draw the inevitable conclusion.
Of course, if person x feels that they have not fairly represented themselves, they can have a second chance.  But, after the second time, and still no takers ....
BTW, no third chances.
Nalini