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From: John Phillips (phillips_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-05 14:05:08

Jody Hagins wrote:

> On Tue, 5 Jun 2007 13:16:43 -0400
> Jody Hagins <jody-boost-011304_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>In any event, after the third silent rejection, with no explanation, I
>>"got the message," and stopped volunteering.
> That sounds a bit harsh, so I apologize to both Tom and Ron. I do not
> mean anything bad against the Review wizards at all.
> In two of my "applications" I specifically said that I had not done one
> before, and did not even know if I passed the basic qualifications of
> boost membership.
> I just meant to say that it would help if we could be a bit more
> specific about basic qualifications. Based on my personal experience, I
> simply assumed that only library authors/contributors could manage a
> review.
> I think this subject should get some authoritative clarification for the
> future, because until that comes, I will never again volunteer as a
> review manager since, based on my understanding, I do not meet the basic
> requirement.

   I can't claim to be authoritative, but I can say that authoring a
library is apparently not a requirement to be a review manager. I can
say so because I have managed 2 reviews and authored no libraries to date.

   What I think is a reasonale requirement is some amount of
experience/expertise in the domain of the library. Evidence of this
expertise is best provided on the honor system, since it is not always
easy to check up on things of this sort. However, it may be wise to have
something like the apprentice system others have discussed, where an
experienced manager agrees to keep a close eye on the progress of a
novice before, during and after a review. That way, there is a safety
net in case something goes wrong for the new person.

   I have no idea of the reason for the silence in response to your
offers, but it might be nothing more than a symptom of the fact that the
wizards are, like the rest of us, volunteering time and prone to
sometimes losing something in the overload. I agree that some sort of
response is always warranted for anyone who volunteers, though.


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