Re: the old fellowship program, was Wow, we're famous

Marc Petit-Huguenin <marc@petit-huguenin.org> Fri, 16 April 2021 21:44 UTC

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From: Marc Petit-Huguenin <marc@petit-huguenin.org>
Subject: Re: the old fellowship program, was Wow, we're famous
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On 4/15/21 5:22 PM, Wes Hardaker wrote:
> Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com> writes:
> 
>> Maybe one thing that could be done is to have a set of things that
>> newbies can do to participate that are likely to be taken very
>> favorably. What author doesn't like somebody who's gone through your
>> ID with a fine tooth comb for nits, bad grammar, unclear text, etc and
>> especially from fresh eyes from the perspective of a potential
>> implementer, for example. Everybody would win in that situation. Their
>> naivety is a huge benefit.
> 
> As a guide(s) I've (we've) mentioned this specific helpful task to
> newcomers.  However, reviewing documents is sort of "boring" task to
> many I'm sure.  What I've (we've?) failed to do is also state "and by
> doing this your name will be put in the acknowledgements section", which
> honestly might help motivate some.  Maybe.
> 

I'd like to point out that it is not always true.  I had some reviews over the years that were not acknowledged in the final version of the RFC and I must say that spending hours on a substantial review without the only reward you could ever get for it is not a great feeling, especially as a newcomer.  Let's just say that the authors of these RFCs are not going out of my do-not-review list anytime soon.

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