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Consider to have mentors assigned to newcomers based on editing expertise, not only topic expertise
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We should consider to mentees about tasks they’d like to do in the Welcome survey, not only Topics they like. The system would find mentors specialized in this area of editing. For instance, a newcomer coming for translations should have a mentor who knows how to translate articles.

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From Đức Anh:

"Why can't newcomers have more than 1 mentor? Not because they need more mentors but because they can't actually choose the suitable one for them. Some mentors are good at templates, others are goods at writing articles, translating articles, or the Wikipedia regulations. If possible, maybe we can put tags on mentors, like "template expert", "translating expert"... so that the newcomers can know this mentor is specilised in which area".

@PPham notes:

I like this idea! I guess newcomers cannot know which person is suitable for them, but maybe when you register you can choose which area you're interested in and then get matched accordingly?

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Trizek-WMF renamed this task from Consider to have mentors assigned to newcomers based on editing expertise, not topic expertise to Consider to have mentors assigned to newcomers based on editing expertise, not only topic expertise.Jan 20 2021, 6:13 PM

Ideally, there would be some kind of tagging system with arbitrary tags that can be defined / expanded by wiki admins, and mentors and new editors could select from the same set of tags. (Or just let users select from the list of mentors, and allow the list to be searched by topic etc.) Currently we are assigning mentors at random though, so not even the topic expertise is used.

Ideally, there would be some kind of tagging system with arbitrary tags that can be defined / expanded by wiki admins, and mentors and new editors could select from the same set of tags. (Or just let users select from the list of mentors, and allow the list to be searched by topic etc.)

We can also define a closed shortlist of tags, such as "translations", "spellchecking", "images & media", etc.

A shortlist would avoid people defining themselves as specialists in tricky tasks for newcomers, such as "conflict resolution" or "patrolling", where it is better to be a bit more experienced. On my wiki, I'm always worried about newcomers who make one edit, and install a tool like Huggle or LiveRC as their second one. It never ends well.

Currently we are assigning mentors at random though, so not even the topic expertise is used.

T272497: Consider to pair mentors and mentees based on Topics mentees selected ;-)

Moving to Needs Discussion for @RHo @MMiller_WMF @Urbanecm_WMF to discussion whether this should be done and if so, what the experience should be

Moving to triaged as we will look at this in future improvements to mentee connection to mentors as part of T292068

I believe this is not a part of the parent (and it confuses me when viewing the subtasks of T264343), so I removed the relationship.