Help wanted: Friendly, patient problem solvers who know their way around WikiTree. Can you help by becoming a Mentor? [closed]

+27 votes

Mentor is:

  • ... a member who joined WikiTree more than three months ago and has at least 1500 contributions.
  • ... familiar with the WikiTree tutorial pages.
  • ... a trustworthy volunteer who sees the best in every member/situation and can keep a clear head.
  • ... a Wiki Genealogist who has signed the Honor Code.
  • ... knowledgeable about WikiTree principles and procedures and knows how to find answers to questions.
  • ... able to communicate with guests and new members in a friendly, helpful manner.
  • ... a positive and helpful presence in the G2G Forum.
  • ... someone who hasn't been involved in a mentoring situation or had a referral badge in the past 3 months.

Being a mentor sometimes involves dealing with difficult situations, and it's not for everyone. If you're interested, please leave an Answer below, and we'll touch base with you to be sure the project is a good fit. :-)

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (379k points)
closed by Julie Ricketts
I would leave an answer, but your points 2 and 5 are agin me.  Maybe in a year or so.  :)

We'll call that incentive, Melanie!! laugh Hope to see you back here with "answer" soon. 

I have SOOOOOOOOOO much to learn first!  smiley

Melanie - if you ever want tips or have questions don't hesitate to ask an existing mentor. We are always around to help smiley

Thanks!  I tend to muddle along learning as I go, sharing what I can and helping where I can.

I just don't consider I am yet at the stage where I am "familiar with the Wikitree tutorial pages" or "knowledgeable about WikiTree principles and procedures and knows how to find answers to questions" to be of proper assistance to those needing REAL help. 

Learning curve and all y'know. smiley

There is definitely a learning curve, Melanie, and it sounds like you're on the right path. It looks like you're helping a lot in G2G by finding answers to questions. That's one of the best ways to learn, in my opinion. yes

Thank you.  :)

Same with Melanie. A lot of this is still pretty confusing, so maybe I'll answer the next time you need more mentors. yes

Sounds good, Logan!  Like I mentioned to Melanie, just helping people in G2G is a great way to learn. Thanks for checking in. :-)
What kind of "difficult situations" come up?  I guess I haven't been active enough in G2G to see what you're referring to.
Hi, R --

Mostly, it's people who don't yet understand how to use WikiTree, or maybe they have a misconception about how to do something. Sometimes it's folks who don't understand the collaborative nature of WikiTree and need help understanding how to share profiles & information.

We never require that mentors teach people how to "do" genealogy, but sometimes mentors will help people get started.

Does that cover what you meant??

14 Answers

+10 votes
Julie, I could probably help with this project every once in a while. I guess I have been doing it informally with a few new members who have asked for help ranging from how to list sources to someone with an extensive family history which turned out to be full of people with questionable existence notices on existing profiles. (That person got the Gold Star for asking before reattaching!) Happy to give back in thanks to those that assisted me when I first joined.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
Thanks, T! I'll be in touch shortly. :-)
+6 votes
I'd be glad to help!  ~Fred
by Fred Prisley G2G4 (4.4k points)
Hi, Fred!

Thanks for volunteering. I'll be in touch shortly. :-)
+6 votes
I would be more than happy to help Julie when needed.  Please count me in.
by Andrea Pack G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)
Thank you, Andrea! I'll be in touch. :-)
I thank wiki tree and all its wikitreers and help where and when I can.  Appreciate your acknowledgement.
+10 votes
I've heard that you are a missing a mentor who is fluent in French. I'm here if you will have me.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (419k points)

We would love to have you, Isabelle!! I'll be sending you some more info. Thanks!

+12 votes
I am interested in helping ;-)
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Wooo SJ!

Once Julie sees this she will reach out to you :P
I'm on it! You'll be hearing from me shortly, SJ!
+5 votes
Please add me to this project, Julie!
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (781k points)
Fantastic, Nat!

I'll send you some more info by email.
+4 votes
I'd be interested in helping, if you still need people.  My experience level is mid-range, but I like to think I can explain things fairly simply and I try to be positive.
by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 5 (59.0k points)
Hi, Rob! Thanks ... check your email. :-)
+4 votes
Hi Julie,

I can help with Mentoring if you're short staffed.
by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (151k points)

Hi, David!

We are *always* short-staffed! laugh 

I'll be in touch shortly!! Thanks!

+6 votes
I would like to join please, I do a lot of helping new members as a greeter xxx
by Karen Butler G2G6 Pilot (131k points)
Hi Karen!!

Thanks for volunteering. I'll send you a little more information about getting started. :-)
+5 votes
I would be willing to serve as a mentor. I try to help out here and there but certainly could help out more formally.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (415k points)
Thank you, Doug! I'll be in touch. :-)
+5 votes
Hi Julie

I would be happy to help with this where I can.  I have found myself mentoring my own cousins through some disagreements about WikiTree profiles, so I hope that might prepare me in some way.

by Peter Jones G2G6 Mach 2 (23.2k points)
Hi, Peter! Thanks ... I'll be in touch. :-)
+6 votes
I'd like to help. Let me know what to do next. Thanks!
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
You'd be great at it Traci!
Hi, Traci!

Thank you for volunteering. I'll be in touch shortly!! :-)
+4 votes
I would love to serve as a mentor! Would you add me to the project?
by Zachary Jon Smith G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)
Hi, Zachary!!

Thanks for volunteering ... I'll be in touch soon. :-)
+2 votes
Hello. I'm interested in being a part of the Mentor Project.
by Greta Moody G2G6 Pilot (181k points)
Hi, Greta!

Sorry for the late reply. I'll be in touch soon. :-)
Hi Julie :) It's okay. I'm about to reply to your PM.

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