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Table 7 Challenges faced by mentors during the process of task recommendation for newcomers in OSS projects

From: Being a Mentor in open source projects

Challenge name ID Mentioned by
Challenging tasks can create social fears in the newcomers Pro1.1 P1, P3, P4, P10
Mentors have to deal with newcomers’ lack of holistic understanding about the project and its culture Pro1.2 P1, P2, P3, P4, P9
Lack of information about how newcomer-friendly a task is Pro1.3 P1, P10
Difficulty in identifying the complexity of a task Pro1.4 P7, P8
Difficulty in estimating the amount of time necessary to finish a task Pro1.5 P1, P8
Lack of friendly tasks available for newcomers Pro1.6 P2, P4, P5
Lack of available information about newcomer’s skills, interest, and expertise Pro1.7 P2, P4, P7, P9