RE: [BackpackGearTest] Re: Mentor advice for first report
Ok so you did get a response to your question then, go with Ed's suggestion
Pick something that is your favorite piece of hiking gear, this will make
writing about it a lot easier.
If you get stuck, email the mentor group and you will be assigned someone to
work with you. I can see from the database no one is working with you as
Although numbers of backpackers (myself included) are also keen
paddlers, kayaks and canoes are generally outside the focus of what
is, after all, a site devoted to backpacking reviews. The only
exceptions are for small, packable watercraft. Paddles are,
unfortunately, outside our remit. I would certainly review my favorite
were that not so!
Senior Edit Moderator"
[mailto:BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of lorijohnson72
Sent: Friday, 2 January 2009 5:57 AM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Re: Mentor advice for first report
I started off by emailing a mentor with this question. They
responded and suggested I send the question via email through the
Yahoo group and an editor would respond. ???
--- In BackpackGearTest@ <mailto:BackpackGearTest%40yahoogroups.com>
yahoogroups.com, "Mark McLauchlin" <mark@...>
> Hi Lori,
> I suggest the below;
> The Apprentice/Mentor program pairs someone interested in becoming
> with BackpackGearTest.org with a Veteran tester who volunteers hisor her
> time to help the new person learn the ropes. If you would likesomeone to
> personally help you become a tester, just send an email towill
> mentor@... and ask for one. Include MENTOR REQUEST in the
> subject line of your message. Be sure to give your name. A mentor
> contact you as soon as possible by email and give you guidance andanswer
> your questions. You should read the Survival<http://www.backpackgeartest.org/lesson.php?lesson=SG&page=1>
Guide so that
> you understand what it will take to become a tester.comfortable
> The Apprentice/Mentor program is strictly voluntary. If you are
> following the documentation on your own, you can certainly dothat. If you
> want additional help, though, be aware that we are ready to helpyou.
> A Mentor Will:
> 1. Explain the report writing process and answer any questions
> have.and make
> 2. Direct you to appropriate documentation.
> 3. Read your Owner Reviews and make helpful suggestions.
> 4. Assist you with any problems you may have in the process.
> 5. Read your Applications and offer hints and suggestions.
> 6. Read your Initial Report when you are selected for testing,
> A Mentor Will Not:
> 1. Do any of your work or any writing for you.
> From: BackpackGearTest@ <mailto:BackpackGearTest%40yahoogroups.com>
> [mailto:BackpackGearTest@ <mailto:BackpackGearTest%40yahoogroups.com>yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of lorijohnson72
> Sent: Wednesday, 31 December 2008 2:45 AMyahoogroups.com
> To: BackpackGearTest@ <mailto:BackpackGearTest%40yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Mentor advice for first reportwebsite
> I am about to write my first of the two required reports. The
> suggests getting mentor advice on whether or not a certain item isand
> germain to the subject of backpacking. I have a very valuable
> experience with kayaking paddles I'd like to report on. My husband
> I like to paddle in to places and then backpack, but I don't seethis
> as an item already reported on in the reviews. Can you pleaseadvise
> on if I should write about this item? Thank you.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "lorijohnson72" <lsalley@...>
> I started off by emailing a mentor with this question. They
> responded and suggested I send the question via email through the
> Yahoo group and an editor would respond. ???
You were pointed here because the Mentor Coordinator does not make
decisions as to the acceptability of an item to review. That is made
here by Ted or Jerry.
But she will hook you up with someone to help once you do find
something to write about...