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The procedures for coordinating newsgroup management within the UK hierarchy are contained in four documents, of which this article contains the last.

GUIDELINES FOR GROUP CREATION WITHIN THE UK HIERARCHY

<http://www.usenet.org.uk/guidelines.html>
<ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/uk/guidelines>

VOTING PROCEDURES WITHIN THE UK HIERARCHY

<http://www.usenet.org.uk/voting.html>
<ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/uk/voting>

THE UK USENET COMMITTEE

<http://www.usenet.org.uk/committee.html>
<ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/uk/committee>

GUIDELINES FOR UK USENET MENTORS

<http://www.usenet.org.uk/mentors.html>
The following Guidelines were accepted on 13 Jul 2000 by a vote with 27 votes in favour and 8 votes against.

GUIDELINES FOR UK USENET MENTORS

  1. There shall be an organization called UK USENET MENTORS, its purpose being to help proponents with naming, wording of charters, use of available resources, submission of proposal. Normally, mentoring advice would cease when either a fast-track request or CFV was requested and in many cases would end when a successful submission to uk.net.news.announce was made.
  2. Use of uk mentors is NOT a required part of submitting an RFD, but is recomended to those who are unfamilar with the RFD process, and highly recomended to first time uk.* proponents.
  3. The organization shall be headed by either a committee member or person appointed by the commitee who shall assume a management and oversight role only. It will mainly communicate by an internal mailing list and via a web page for external information.
  4. Any person within uk.* who is not a committee member may apply to become a uk-mentor by approaching the oversight mentor. It is strongly recommended that the candidate mentor should have successfully been a proponent for a proposal in uk.*. It is also suggested that candidate mentors are familiar with the Guidelines and with current activity and trends within uk.net.news.*.
  5. UK-Mentors would be expected to have a good understanding of procedures within uk.* and be able to assist naming, wording of charters, help with resources and timetabling of proposals.
  6. Mentors shall attempt to act in a non-judgemental manner at all times regardless of their opinions of proponent or subject matter. They shall attempt to be non-directive, giving the proponent a number of suggested options where it is possible to do so. These options may include creation in other heirarchies or as mailing lists where appropriate.
  7. Any person not persistently keeping up to these standards may be removed from the list by a general agreement of those on the uk-mentors mailing list. Any proposals being mentored by a removed person shall be reassigned by the oversight mentor to other mentors.
  8. Proponents may either approach the uk-mentors directly using a submission email address or may be referred to the uk-mentors by Control or the committee.
  9. The usual situation shall be for one mentor to be assigned to one proposal by the oversight mentor, however, in certain circumstances the mentor may wish either guidance on specific points from the mailing list or work the whole proposal through with the mailing list.
  10. Assignment of mentors should be done by volunteering and mentors must not take on proposals with which they have disagreements on the subject matter. In addition, Mentors should also be aware of the pitfalls of mentoring a proposal that they have great personal interest in. Mentors or proponents may request of the oversight mentor that they reassign the mentoring of the proposal should a personality clash arise.

Organisational Details

The Committee has appointed Geoff Berrow to manage the team of Uk Usenet Mentors. Requests for mentoring assistance should be made to Geoff Berrow <bl (at) ckdog.co.uk>.

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