Grants:Learning patterns/Mix newcomers and veterans
What problem does this solve?
New Wikipedia editors are often intimidated by the editing interface, as well as concerned that they will make an embarrassing mistake (or even break Wikipedia!). This sense of intimidation doesn't only occur when new editors are working alone; it also happens at editing events.
What is the solution?
Connect new editors with experienced editor "mentors" who can provide them with personalized help. If you are running an editing event for new editors, have the mentors introduce themselves ahead of time.
Effective mentors are conscious of the needs of newcomers, as well as newcomers' relative skill level. They should be patient and prepared to explain even the most basic concepts in detail, even multiple times if necessary.
When to use
- An idea was brought up at the Editing Facilitator Training in Seattle to have workgroups: one experienced editor, one subject matter expert, and one person to look up resources. This represents different skillsets that could be helpful in developing Wikipedia articles.
- Expert involvement
- Best practices in training adults
- Creating new articles
- Fear of editing
- New users are afraid of doing something wrong