Community Mentor Program 2016
Hello everyone, Yuii- here!
The Community Mentorship program was a way for new and learning mappers to make a splash in the community by having a guiding hand from a more experienced mapper or modder.
Along with Okorin, we are making an attempt to re-revive the long dormant Community Mentorship Program, with some new changes in hopes to make results more tangible to everyone participating.
Applications have been closed. Thanks everyone for participating!
In case you are not sure who you want as a mentor, please wait until August 2nd. More information about each of them will be added in the post below.
Refer to the mentor list on the second post to see your options.
- Standard only for the time being. If you want to host a mode-specific program like this, contact me!
- This is aimed for new mappers/people who are just starting out. By that we mean people who have relatively little experience with the editor and mapping standard in general.
- People who, even after trying really hard, did not accomplish what they expected to, will have to explain in the form why do they think they did not achieve the results.
- Mentorships are operated on a per cycle basis. Cycles are periods of time (currently 10 weeks long + 2 weeks of rest time/re-organisation) where the mentor will be bound to a pupil.
- Cycles are culminated in an event that takes place between all mentor-pupil pairs. Each pair will present a work they have created in that cycle, and all the Mentors will serve as judges. A small scale mapping competition, except anything goes. Each cycle will start with both the mentor as well as the mentee stating their goals for the two-month-period. At the end of the cycle the actual results will be compared to your goals to assess what you reasonably reached and what you did not.
- Upon the culmination of each cycle, there will be a 2 weeks break. Although, these 2 weeks can be used for the mapper to keep on practising their mapping. During this period of time, the pupil will still be able to contact their mentor at any time. Even though, we want to use this short period of time for our “teachers” to rest, we do not want our mentees to feel discouraged for not being able to get the opinion of their respective teachers.
- After each cycle ends, the mentor and pupil can decide whether or not they want to continue for another cycle, or take on a new pupil. Pupils who part with a mentor are still eligible for future cycles so long as they have a total of less than 4 total cycles. Keep in mind that mentors should be considering these pupils as returning participants, and consider their improvements as a mapper instead of a first impression.
- If a mentor-mentee pair part ways within the first 2 weeks of the program for any reason, the mentor will be able to select another pupil due to the buffer time not overlapping any other cycle at the expense of their rest time. The pupil who parted ways will not be able to participate for one whole cycle depending on the reasons for breaking up the mentor-mentee relationship.
- Pair matching will occur after both mentor and pupil applications have concluded.
- You should be a member of the BNG or QAT. External mentors are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- The average weekly workload should be somewhat around 120 minutes (2 hours).
- You may sign up as a mentor using this thread or just via a message to Yuii- or Okorin.
- Have limited knowledge on how to use the editor. Proper usage of the shortcuts.
- Mentally prepared to be repeatedly told that their maps have a big room of improvement; accept direct criticism. That being said, you need likely to spend more time than your mentor on this, otherwise you will not get far.
- Willingness to ask questions.
- Your availability times (preferably timezones) should match the mentor you are applying to (we will not allow pairings like UTC+5 and UTC-7 unless there are special circumstances)
Code of Conduct (Mentor/Pupil):
- We want to focus on a more "discussion" oriented view in these events. We are not supposed to teach you how we would map according to our styles. We will most likely tell you how things should be done and why (not) to do them. We will give you constructive criticism rather than a “you missed my style!”.
- If you do not agree with some mentor in particular being assigned to you within the first week, you will be put in cooldown until we can assign you someone else. This will not have any consequences, yet we want you to at least give them a try.
- We are not going to be picky if you do not show yourself up once. Although, we do not want you to abuse this. Unless you are able to explain why you could not attend a session with your mentor, you should be aware that at one point this will have consequences. As a mentor, you must be able to properly be on time; as a mentee, you should behave and follow certain and similar rules in time and form.
- Please, do report any inappropriate behaviour you see. We will investigate the case and take appropriate measures according to it. We will not tolerate a mentor and a mentee getting into fights/”rage-quitting” because of this.
In addition, we are open to suggestions for amendments to what we have right now.