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The Mentor Program
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Allow me the pleasure of introducing . . .

The Mentor Program


. . . An all-new, but very simple initiative. Many new players come to the server, unfamiliar with the Lore, with the game, with Warcraft, or roleplay altogether. There is no lack of guides, but the learning process isn’t all about theory; it requires practice, and this is where the Mentor Program comes in! True to its name, we’re recruiting mentors for the first time!

What's a mentor?

A mentor is an experienced player who has agreed to help new players by showing them the ropes and keeping them company. The mentor’s role is to be the new player’s guide, providing support, advice, and constructive feedback along the way. Experimentation is key to the process of learning, and we hope that the mentors can help disarm any fears or reservations about making mistakes. After all, we’ve all been there!

We also hope that a personal relationship will form between the mentors and the new players, and that the mentors might even introduce their charge to their social circles. Of course, the mentor doesn’t have to watch them every move every second they’re online, but they should be easily accessible to the player.

For mentors

There’s no limit to how many mentors we accept, though there are certain prerequisites:
  • They must be at least Grunts.
  • They should have been on the server for at least 6 months.
  • They should have a good track record.
  • They should be confident with the existing Lore.
  • They should be active.
  • They must have Skype.
And that’s it!

Players are different, and we expect our mentors to be, too. The question about the new players’ favorite class and race will become more relevant than before, in that it will be used to match them up with mentors who share their preferences. A result of this is that the matching process is not entirely random, and that mentors with a certain interest might outnumber the peons. Furthermore, the number of new players per mentor depends entirely on the mentor, and on whether they can handle the workload of one or more additional charges. To distinguish the mentors, we're implementing a new award system. The Mentor award can be seen on the users' profiles and postbits (to the left of each of their posts), so that being a Mentor can overlap with your current usergroup, rather than being exclusive to a single usergroup.

You might wonder about the last requirement there, but that is simply for communication reasons. Should there be any information for the mentors, we'll be keeping them up to date through there. That way, we are also easily accessible for the mentors.

Adopt-A-Peon!

After submitting an application in a subforum soon-to-be-implemented, you will be evaluated for becoming a mentor. Unlike forum helper applications, all players we deem suitable for becoming mentors are accepted. There’s no competition. On the other hand, becoming a mentor is a very important contribution to the server, and we want to be sure that the hopefuls are up to the task, hence the application process. Not everyone is suited for the role of being a mentor, but that doesn't mean that being rejected the first time will ruin your chances of becoming a mentor in the future.

The form to apply can be found below:

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[b]What is your forum name?:[/b]

[b]How long have you been active on the server?:[/b]

[b]Tell us about yourself; What makes you a good mentor?:[/b]

[b]What races are you good with?:[/b]

[b]What races would you consider yourself bad with?:[/b]

[b]What classes are you good with?:[/b]

[b]What classes would you consider yourself bad with?:[/b]

[b]What is your Skype name/ID/account?:[/b]

[b]What is your time zone?:[/b]

[b]When are you available (server time)?:[/b]

The Workshops

The Workshops (separate from the Workshop subforum) is another new element. Twice a month, in the 1st and the 3rd week, there’ll be arranged out-of-character meetings in-game where players can freely discuss various roleplaying concepts, ranging from simple character profiles to entire storylines. It's also a meeting place for players to exchange ideas and find others with similar interests.

The Workshops are open for anyone, whether they're mentors, peons or have no relation to the rest of the Mentor Program whatsoever. Everyone is welcome!

Voluntary

It's important to note that participating in any part of the Mentor Program is voluntary. We don't want to force it on anyone, and just like mentors volunteer to participate, fresh peons are able to opt out. The introduction template will have an added question to reflect this policy.

IMPORTANT: As stated, new players are able to choose whether they want to participate in the program or not. However, any player who feels that they could benefit from a mentor's help is welcome to post a request in the PD to be added to the program. This applies to anyone; whether they're peons registered before today, or grunts, or returning players who feel rusty. Anyone is welcome to request a mentor.

Mentor Activity

It's very important that our mentors are active, and therefore we want to be notified if a mentor is going to be absent from the server for a prolonged period, so that we can demote them and keep our lists up to date. Failing to do so will result in extermination demotion after a period of inactivity. Upon return, one can appeal for having one's mentor status restored.

With all that said, we're looking forward to seeing your applications!

Love,
Rowgen
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Keep in mind that the "accessories" of the Mentor Program haven't been implemented just yet. We'll update here when they have been, but at least this puts the system out there. :)

ALSO, WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPLICATIONS UNTIL THESE "ACCESSORIES" HAVE BEEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED.
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i will raise the most radical of peons
Quote:[8:53AM] Cassius: Xigo is the best guy ever. he doesn't afraid of anything.
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I look forward to the time when I can post my app.
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#5
Hmmmmm...

*pondering.*
Perhaps it is your imperfection that which grants you free will, that allows you to persevere against cosmically calculated odds. You prevailed where the Titans' own perfect creations have failed.

- Algalon, The Observer

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i am sea-bass
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Inb4 I have my app pre-typed five different ways and submit it .0005 seconds after the appropriate sub-forum is created.


If I was any more interested with this idea, my eyeballs would melt my monitor.

Definitely, definitely want to get involved here.
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Sign me up, then sign me up again! I really wanna get in on this!
“Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
— G.K. Chesterton

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Have a puppy Ruby and a nice day.
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Five months after Nymus had adopted his first peon...

"Your destiny is now your own. Sever all ties to your past. No one must know that you still serve me. Now go. And remember that the dark side is always with you."
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And now I type up my own application for this. Good to see it actually coming to fruition.
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20:01:34 [Valda]: Can the GMs sign up for a mentor?
The true test of his choice lies forward.
— The story of the Silithian.


See life through shades of silver.
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(11-12-2013, 05:11 PM)Ural Wrote: 20:01:34 [Valda]: Can the GMs sign up for a mentor?

I want to adopt a GM!
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I'd totally adopt a FH.
Perhaps it is your imperfection that which grants you free will, that allows you to persevere against cosmically calculated odds. You prevailed where the Titans' own perfect creations have failed.

- Algalon, The Observer

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This sounds like a hella cool program. Almost makes me wanna get active again to participate. Not quite, 'f course. Plus, I'm pretty sure no one would be able to survive, or understand, the Tao of Grand Master Krent Krenterson the III: Enter the 36 Chambers of Death -- Gangster Edition.
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"What a mess we made, when it all went wrong..."
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(11-12-2013, 06:45 PM)Krent Wrote: This sounds like a hella cool program. Almost makes me wanna get active again to participate. Not quite, 'f course. Plus, I'm pretty sure no one would be able to survive, or understand, the Tao of Grand Master Krent Krenterson the III: Enter the 36 Chambers of Death -- Gangster Edition.

I WANT KRENT AS MY MENTOR!
On a serious note, INTERESTED!
I will not be forgotten. This is my time to shine. I've got the scars to prove it. Only the strong survive. I'm not afraid of dying. Everyone has their time. Life never favored weakness.

Welcome to the pride!
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When I get more free time I'm gonna sign up for this with the condition that my protegée needs to have a draenei main. I need someone to pass my tendril awesomeness onto!
(02-24-2012, 10:15 AM)Piroska Wrote: Conspiracy. That's all it is; Kret's afraid that your pure, digital awesomeness would crash the server if it were allowed.
(06-14-2013, 05:42 PM)McKnighter Wrote: Bovel, Lord of Beards

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