Nope - you're not the first, so this is my error.
The original concept of sponsoring had two tiers: CRT advocates and
sponsors. Both tiers require some amount of experience working in and
putting back to the O/N source hierarchy. Both can take a request and
run with it.
Now there is a third tier which will allow more people to participate.
But people in the third tier need to partner with someone in one of the
other tiers to gain experience.
We wanted to let the advocates/sponsors see the proposal for a third
tier before it becomes a reality.
Silence means you're ok with the proposal and with adding the concept of
partnering with someone to help them with the process.
Does that help?
Brian Utterback wrote On 10/21/05 12:34,:
> Sorry if I an being obtuse, but what exactly is being proposed? Is it
> that the current sponsors will partner with "everyone else"?
> Bonnie Corwin wrote:
>>CRT advocates and OpenSolaris sponsors need to read this and respond.
>>In an effort to open up the OpenSolaris sponsor program and share the
>>workload, the following is being proposed.
>>Let us know if you are completely unwilling to take on the extra
>>dimension of partnering with someone periodically.
>>We will take silence as agreement.
>>Please respond by Noon PDT Tuesday, 2005-Oct-25.
>>NOTE: The sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org email alias is in the process
>>of being set up.
>>Becoming an OpenSolaris Sponsor
>>There are three tiers of sponsors for OpenSolaris:
>>1. CRT advocates
>>2. middle-tier sponsors
>>3. everyone else
>>For details about what all sponsors need to do, see:
>>The three tiers:
>>- The advocates are the most senior; for how they are selected, see:
>>- The non-advocate "middle-tier" sponsors are, well, in the middle: some
>> experience  is required, and some in this tier may be "in training"
>> to become advocates, though many are just helping out as needed. The
>> complete list of these top two tiers can be found at:
>>- The remaining group, "everyone else", consists of everyone who has not
>> yet met the experience requirement for the middle tier, or for
>> whatever reason is unable or unwilling to mentor less experienced
>> engineers on a regular basis. Engineers in this group may still
>> sponsor external contributions, but they must partner with an advocate
>> or middle-tier sponsor.
>>How to become a middle-tier sponsor:
>>- Determine whether your experience falls in the ballpark .
>>- Read the details at the locations cited above.
>>- Send email to sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org saying that you have
>> read the information and are willing to perform the tasks.
>>How to partner with an advocate/middle-tier sponsor:
>>- Contact someone on
>> with your request.
>>- If you have problems finding a partner, send email to
>> sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org.
>> How much experience is enough? As with most things in life, it
>> depends. :-) Our ballpark metric is 10 successful putbacks to
>> an ON gate, and note that putbacks done in the role of sponsoring
>> an external contribution count towards this goal. But not all
>> putbacks are equal, and judgement is key, so exactly how much is
>> enough will vary, and will be left to the judgement of the CRT
>> chair in conjunction with other CRT advocates.
>>request-sponsor mailing list
>>request-sponsor at opensolaris.org