Hey, Silas. I have some transparent images for the John and Patricia Ramsey and Gary Condit pages, but I am unable to add them myself because the pages are restricted so only admins can edit them. Could you add them to the infoboxes for me please? Thanks. :)
Hello! I'm Sannse, from Fandom's Editor Experience team. I'm contacting you as the most recently active admin. Hopefully you can pass this on to others as needed.
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 (both 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.
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. We also recommend a Feeds channel of “Help Desk” where the communications can be placed, if you do not have a similar channel.
A change to your Welcome Messages to allow a method where a newcomer can choose an advisor. If 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?
Hello again, Sannse! Your message was brought in the attention of the administration team. I have decided to take part in this program and, hopefully, we'll have more volunteers in the future. I made a new category on Feeds called "Help Desk" as you told me.
New users will see a message in a couple of places inviting them to choose an advisor, like this: Thread:109879
When they choose someone, there is an automatic post generated on Discussions that @s the chosen advisor. They see a notification on the bell above. They can then reply to the post and contact is made!
I see you don't have any local advisors yet. They are people from this wiki, whereas the "at large" advisors are global. Please let me know if someone is willing to do this, and I'll add them to the list
Just to make you aware, I removed the stub template for Piglet. Not sure what the policy for removing stubs is on here, but I feel that the article has reached the maximum amount of information that we can possibly put in there. Now unless you or another admin puts it back, I removed it (assuming you wouldn't mind). If you object, please feel free to step in.