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Taiko Community Mentorship Program

2016 Winter Cycle

Hello everyone, Raiden here!

The Community Mentorship program is a way for new and learning mappers to get into the mapping community by having a more experienced mapper and modder help them on their way.

Along with OnosakiHito and DakeDekaane, I now present the first cycle of the Taiko Community Mentorship Program.

Program Details
  1. This program is Taiko only. If you want to host a different version of this program, contact Okorin or Yuii-!
  2. This program operates on a 10+2 week cycle basis (10 weeks for the program, final 2 weeks buffer time, 2 weeks are added to this for this cycle due to the Christmas period). During this timespan a mentor is bound to a mentee. The buffer time is used for reorganisation, reflection and simply taking a break.
  3. Everything regarding this program is organised in one Discord server. Hint: get Discord.
  4. Cycles culminate in a small-scale mapping event. Each mentor-mentee pair will present a map they created within the cycle to illustrate the progress they made during the program.
  5. Mentor/Mentee pairings are free to continue for more than one cycle. These mentors may not be eligible this cycle unless they want to take on more mentees than in the previous cycle (specified below).
  6. Mentor/Mentee pairings are free to part ways within the buffer time. In case they do not get along there is no reason to force anyone. These scenarios are evaluated on a case-by-case basis while aiming to not leave any mentee behind for no reason.
  7. You must not be restricted from osu! when signing up for this program in any role. If you got yourself into a situation like this we do not deem you as suitable for participating in a program of this nature.
  8. The only roles that are mutually exclusive are mentor and mentee. This means any other combination such as Helper/Mentee, Helper/Mentor are valid.
  9. The following deadlines are fixed, there will not be any exceptions to these:
    1. Mentor sign-ups start on 10.11.2016 and end on 20.11.2016 0:00 UTC+0.
    2. Mentee sign-ups start on 21.11.2016 and end on 01.12.2016 0:00 UTC+0.
    3. This cycle starts on 02.12.2016 and ends on 26.03.17 UTC+0.

    If you have troubles with timezones, this page should give you a general idea of how this works.
Mentor Criteria
  1. Mentors who were removed from the program for any reason will not be reconsidered unless there are special circumstances. If your behaviour / general absence / lack of commitment gives us reasons to remove you will need convincing reasons to come back.
  2. You should have more than 2 hours a week at your disposal for this program. Explaining and discussing mapping related things tends to take time.
  3. Each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to choose who will be mentoring in this program and will explain denials accordingly if prompted to.
  4. You should …
    1. have taiko beatmaps of any kind as they indicate experience with the process as well as giving/taking constructive criticism.
    2. have encountered mentoring or teaching previously. Experience never hurts.
    3. have a predictable schedule. So that the chances of you suddenly disappearing without any traces are low.
    4. have a more or less clean record. People who are known for bad behaviour in the recent past should reconsider their behaviour before taking a teaching position.

    Note that none of these above are criteria that would 100% exclude you if you do not fulfill them fully. This is still a case-by-case evaluation.

CLOSES ON 20.11.2016 0:00 UTC+0
Mentee Criteria
  1. Prior mentees who want to be part of the program again can only do so for four times in total. This equals about a year of being on the program which should be more than enough time to get into the mapping community.
  2. Mentees who were removed from the program for any reason will not be reconsidered unless there are special circumstances. If your behaviour / general absence / lack of commitment gives us reasons to remove you will need convincing reasons to come back.
  3. Each applicant is eligible for any mentor. If a mentor who was not your first or second choice wants to mentor you, we will notify you.
  4. You should invest more time than your mentor into the program. Given that they are supposed to help you make progress this entire thing only works if you actively work on it.
  5. You must be able to take criticism. You are here because you aim to improve how you map so therefore taking criticism is necessary. Familiarise yourself with the Code of Conduct for Mapping and Modding on the Ranking Criteria to know what this means.
  6. Your availability and timezone should match the mentors you are applying for. This is recommended due to being easier for both parties.

OPENS ON 21.11.2016 0:00 UTC+0
CLOSES ON 01.12.2016 0:00 UTC+0

Application Process

Due to the amount of confusion this process seems to cause among applicants, what follows is a process description:
  1. People willing to be mentees will apply via the form on this thread and end up in a spreadsheet.
  2. The mentors will be able to see all applications, because they can choose anyone that shows interest in the program according to their own criteria.
    1. Most Mentors look for someone that wants to be mentored by them.
    2. Some proceed according to their own, different criteria.
  3. Mentors may start making their choices starting two days after applications open. Because making a choice for this matter excludes other applicants we aim to minimize the amount of denied people on the expense of not giving some the choice to apply to that mentor due to being late. In that regard this process is first come first serve.
  4. As an applicant you can apply multiple times if you wish to update your application. Among giving more reasoning for some points other reasons to apply again would be that the mentors that you wished for chose someone else. Only your latest application will be considered.
  5. After a mentor selected their mentee, the potential mentee will be notified about this and invited into the Discord server via forum PM. May also be a PM via Discord. People who were chosen by a mentor they did not put as their first or second choice will receive a PM asking if they wish to join as the mentee of that mentor instead.
Helpers Needed

Due to the expected size of the project, we do need helping hands to keep track of everything. The tasks for a helper involve the following:

  1. help keeping track of activities by poking a few participants of the program on a regular basis.
  2. discuss problem cases to ensure reasonable decisions and calls.
  3. help organising / planning Discord-internal events.
  4. be a contact person for organisation related questions.

If you are interested in helping out, drop me or OnosakiHito a PM!
Code of Conduct
  1. As a mentor, do not resort to using authority over rational arguments. If you find yourself doing this you probably do not have good arguments to begin with. Treat everyone equally instead of assuming authority.
  2. Repeated misbehaviour on the Discord server can and will get you excluded. Though you really have to try our patience for us to do that.
  3. Make sure to drop us a message if you happen to have some things coming up which will impact your activity. Not that we are interested in your personal lives too much, we just happen to keep track of activity and progress so you disappearing without anyone knowing you did causes confusion.
  4. Please report violations of the Code of Conduct for Mapping and Modding if you encounter them. We investigate cases individually will take measures accordingly. We just cannot act if we do not know what is going on, though.
Finally o:
Go for it!
Mentor apps are closed. Provisional mentor list below.

Mentor List

- more detailed spreadsheet version -

Mentors will only be allowed to take up to 2 mentees this cycle.
Every mentor speaks fluent English unless noted otherwise.

How to Read These Lists
  1. The lists are sorted the following way: timezone->country->alphabetical
  2. The format of the short information listing is: timezone | additional languages | availability | Mentee(s): <Number indicates how many they search>
  3. The availability estimate for each mentor applies to their respective timezone.
  4. equals no additional language
Current Mentor List

Grayed out mentors already chose a mentee(s) for this cycle.

  • - Ayyri
    [list:1337]UTC -7 | | During the week, 3PM-10PM. Any time on the weekends. | Mentee(s): Weber Noffy
  • - Ntiger
    [list:1337]UTC +1 | | Weekdays after 18:00, weekends 12:00-22:00 except during tournaments | Mentee(s): Skylish ZiRoX
  • - Senritsu
    [list:1337]UTC +7 | | 10 pm until late, might be available at 4 pm on some days | Mentee: SYAHME

Mentee apps will open tomorrow at UTC+0!
Mentee apps are open!

In two days, mentors will have access to the spreadsheet with the mentees' filled forms to choose from there.

Good luck and happy teaching, everyone!
Umh... the mentor details spreadsheet is a bit too cramped (as in, the cell is so small I can't read even a sentence in some cases).
Is it possible to make it more readable maybe? /w\
Will take care of that once I get home if Raiden doesn't make any changes by then!
Hm. Try now, expanded some boxes.
:D fxed
Astonishing amount of 30 applications (excluding troll/re-submitted applications) in 24 hours.
Mentee applications are closed. All mentors have selected their mentee(s).


  1. Mentor applications: 17 (19 - 2 re-applied)
  2. Mentors accepted in total: 9
  3. Mentee applications: 41 (44 - 3 re-applied)
  4. Mentees taken in total: 17 (8x2+1x1)
  5. Number of people without mentor this cycle: 24 (58.5% of applicants)

Cycle starts tomorrow at 00:00 UTC

Best of luck teaching, and remember to have fun in the process!
As mentioned in our Discord server, this cycle is extending its period by 1 month due to recent events.
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