Profiles are used in Melange to represent users participating in a particular contest. All profiles are created on a per-role basis. Because some user data may change between contests and users can take on different roles in different Google Code-in years, we ask users to create a new profile (without choosing a new username) every year.
There are four main roles in Melange:
A Student may not also take on any other role concurrently, e.g. Students may not also be Mentors (even for different organizations) during the same Google Code-in year.
Mentors and Organization Administrators participate in Google Code-in on behalf of a Mentoring Organization. Mentors instruct, guide, oversee and review Students' work. Organization Administrators approve, assign, and manage Mentors within their Mentoring Organization as well as create the initial application for the organization to apply for the Google Code-in. These roles are not exclusive, and many Organization Administrators also choose to participate as a Mentor. Also, Mentors can participate on behalf of multiple Mentoring Organizations and supervise work being done by Students for several different Mentoring Organizations.
Contest Administrators are members of the Google Open Source Programs office and are responsible for administering Google Code-in.
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