I posted earlier this week about the launch of the JSMentors.com mailing list. So far the response has been amazing. The list has grown from 344 on Nov 29 to 900+ today. Just phenomenal growth and a testament to the need of the list. But where did this idea come from?
A Community Resource
- A chance to teach best practices to an ever-growing community of developers
- A medium to publish content that they felt was important
The important part was that each of these mentors understood that this list was going to be very different and that our goal was to nurture a community. And we made the rules of the list perfectly clear to ensure no confusion:
- No insulting other subscribers
- No posting racism
- No spam publications
This had to be different from CLJ to work. It had to focus not only on the language but also the community.
JSMentors.com is Born
The list was launched with little fanfare. We wanted it to grow organically to see how people would react and that was a great tact. Since launching, we’ve steadily grown the mailing list as well as the list of mentors. The great thing is that we’re getting top-level developers involved who would never had considered participating in CLJ due to the tough nature of communication there. This was exactly what we wanted. A place where developers of ALL skill levels can go and exchange ideas in a professional setting. It’s not to say that occasionally there won’t be disagreements. That’s normal. But Asen & I actively monitor the list and we’re adamant about the rules we’ve set and maintaining a good list. Ultimately, we want everyone to become better developers and yes, I have a little selfish motivation myself as the opportunity to learn from so many top developers is one my drivers for this list. And I think that’s a good thing. :)