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Community Mentorship Program

2017 Summer Cycle


This and the previous cycle thread may seem really similar, but there have been a few changes. If you signed up for the mentor position last cycle it is best to read this entire post again.

A few things on this program went kind of whacky last cycle so we are going to re-evaluate all mentors that are currently on the program while we are at it.

Along with Yuii-, I now present the fourth cycle of the Mentorship Program (last cycle announcement can be found here).

Program Details
  1. This program is standard only. If you want to host a mode-specific program like this, contact me!
  2. This program operates on a 10+2 week cycle basis (10 weeks for the program, final 2 weeks buffer time). 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. This event could be Mentees organising themselves in smaller groups to make a set together for a song of their choice.
  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. You have to inform an Organizer or Helper before any longer absences. Organizers and Helpers keep track of the activity between each Mentor/Mentee pairing, so if one of them is absent for a longer timespan countermeasures can be taken. Not informing anyone about your absence can get you excluded from the current cycle.
  9. The only roles that are mutually exclusive are mentor and mentee. This means any other combination such as Helper/Mentee, Helper/Mentor are valid.
  10. The following deadlines are fixed, there will not be any exceptions to these dates:
    1. Mentor sign-ups start on 23.04.2017 and end on 05.05.2017.
    2. Mentee sign-ups start on 07.05.2017 and end on 19.05.2017.
    3. This cycle starts on 21.05.2017 and ends on 30.07.2017.
  11. Timeline for next cycle:
    1. Opening post: 16.07.2017.
    2. Mentor sign-ups start on 16.07.2017 and end on 28.07.2017.
    3. Mentee sign-ups start on 30.07.2017 and end on 11.08.2017.
    4. The Fall 2017 cycle starts on 13.08.2017 and ends on 22.10.2017.

    If you have troubles with timezones, this page should give you a general idea of how this works.
Mentor Criteria
  1. Mentors joining this cycle may choose one mentee while mentors from the previous cycle may choose two if they wish to. This is necessary because mentors from previous cycles have proven to be able to commit to the program while newcomers have not.
  2. 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.
  3. Mentors who are new to the program will not be allowed to choose a Mentee with a timezone difference of more than 5 hours. Anything larger has proven to be too much of a gap between average online times to get anything done productively. Mentors who already stayed for a cycle are still strongly advised to avoid a timezone difference like this.
  4. 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.
  5. Each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis and informed in both acceptance and denial. We reserve the right to choose who will be mentoring in this program and explain denials in detail for every case as well as give the applicant the chance to argue against this decision.
  6. You should …
    1. have ranked osu!standard beatmaps (guest difficulties or their own sets count) as they indicate experience with the process as well as giving/taking constructive criticism.
    2. have a predictable schedule. So that the chances of you suddenly disappearing without any traces are low.
    3. have a decent amount of kudosu to indicate that they have experience with giving feedback on beatmaps.
    4. demonstrate more or less regular modding activity to indicate a baseline of activity in terms of giving feedback.
    5. have encountered mentoring or teaching previously. Experience never hurts.
    6. 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.

OPENS ON 23.04.2017
CLOSES ON 05.05.2017
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 07.05.2017
CLOSES ON 19.05.2017

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.


Dark gray lines are mentors that are not eligible but on the program
Cycle 4 lads!

Quick update: mentor sign-ups are now open!
calm down people, we will have mentee apps once mentors have been decided

edit: we are through everyone expect a post being up in like 8 hours
at earliest
resolving this took longer than i thought

the thing's open now i think

mentors on the form are the current list, a more accurate listing will follow tomorrow evening, the process isn't simple FIFO like last cycle, we'll give everyone equal chances for 5 days before having anyone choose anyone else

okay a spreadsheet overview about everyone on the program is up
Mentors will shortly have access to those who already applied. If you still have not sent your application, this is your time before they get access to the sheet!
Cycle in progress!
I guess we can move out of the way this one
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