Hello! I'm Isaac, from Fandom's Editor Experience team. One project that we're excited about launching is an initiative to pair newly registered users with experienced advisors (which they can choose from). These advisors would be available for answering basic editing questions and guiding appropriate edits, in the hope that these users will become active in the local community.
Why do this, rather than rely on admins and moderators? We've seen from research and experience (from Wikipedia) that establishing a human bond with a peer "senpai" or mentor can have a better effect on the comfort of the newcomer, especially where the high volume of edits may cause the quick response of rollbacks rather than taking the time to walk new editors through their early work. While some communities do take that time and care among their leaders, we feel an additional level might put new users at ease and help them be more comfortable with editing. Ultimately, we feel like this project will either free up some time for admins and moderators, or designate them as approachable welcomers to talk to and guide new users. We want to see how effective this is on a relatively small number of communities and see if Fandom's results are consistent with those experienced on Wikipedia. If they are, we may pursue expanding the pilot program and perhaps seeking to build it into a core part of the new platform.
Here's what we would wish for your community to agree to:
At least one volunteer advisor, acting as an advisor and advocate helping newcomers. For the most part, this means responding to questions that newcomers leave the advisor in Discussions. Sometimes this may mean the advisor interacts with admins and moderators to address concerns regarding the newcomer. We have some advisors-at-large (those not tied to the local community, but available as fallbacks) already, but if you have ideas on who you might want to represent you in this role (or if you'd like to do so yourself!), feel free to contact me on my Wall or this thread.
Discussions / Feeds. Your community must have this active for the current solution to work. This is the primary method in which advisors have open communication with the users that choose them.
A change to your Welcome Messages to allow a method where a newcomer can choose an advisor. As you are currently participating in the MyDashboard program, there will be a card there to interact with an advisor.
We are testing this for the next two months, and will see what the future of the program is thereafter. Is this a program you would feel comfortable with placing on your community?
Hi Isaac! As the only regular editor here, I'm not sure I can be fully available for this, so I'm not sure that the advisor program trial would really work here. If you'd like to assign a backup advisor and go forward with the advisor program trail here, that's fine! I'll definitely be available in addition to that. I just can't reliably be primary at the moment.
We're looking to launch today, and the addition to the welcome message will be fairly simple. I've already added it.
This community participates in an advisor program to guide newcomers through any basic questions they have and issues they encounter. Advisors are here to help you! To select an advisor or for more information, click this card.
May I suggest a new Feeds channel called "Help Desk" to place these messages into?
I originally left this message for Virvar but I don't think he's active anymore so I'm going to ask you. I'm a moderator over at the Charmed Wiki and I was hoping that this Wiki could become affiliated with us. It makes sense for the CW reboots (Dynasty, Charmed, and Roswell NM) to all be affiliated and I think it can be very beneficial for both Wikis. Let me know what the staff for this Wiki decides and thank you in advance!
For the synopsis for the episodes, isn't it redundant to have synopsis, then official synopsis with the synopsis underneath? Shouldn't the synopsis just be the official synopsis sent out by Roswell, New Mexico?
Not necessarily. The synopsis could be written by us editors on the wiki, or it could be taken from the official one. We're obviously using official ones here, and that leaves it open for an expanded summary written by editors in a separate section. For the official synopsis, it should be noted to be official and indented, so it isn't confused with portions written by us editors.
Oh okay. I thought we were only using the official synopsis since I haven't seen an unofficial one written so far. I feel as if it's best not to write unofficial synopsis anyways and work more on finishing the plot sections for these episodes articles.
So when a character gives a nickname to somebody, where should that nickname go? Because Racist Hank and Racist Wyatt were both nicknames Maria had for those characters (if you had captions on, you can see that racist was capitalized, meaning it was part of the "name" and not just the descriptor).
Hey there. This show uses so many one-time nicknames for characters, so they're not really significant enough to be in the infobox. One of my favorites: Noah playfully called Max "Maximo" once, which was cute but doesn't need to be in the infobox.
If it reflects on the character, place it in the body as part of a description. On Hank's page under character, for insurance, it references a previous nickname Isobel used for him (Mr. All-Lives-Matter) because it reflects on his ideologies. "Racist Hank" would fit well as an addition there, and "Racist Wyatt" could similarly be added to Wyatt's page.
Everyone has a few great-grandfathers, but unless one is a character then they don't need to be noted in the infobox. Again, for the romances that are currently being developed and shifting in the series, they don't need to be labeled.