Help:Growth/Tools/How to claim a mentee

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The following procedure is only applicable to wikis where the Homepage is available: Arabic Wikipedia, French Wiktionary, Serbian Wikipedia, Czech Wikipedia, Basque Wikipedia, Hungarian Wikipedia, Armenian Wikipedia, Korean Wikipedia, Ukrainian Wikipedia, Vietnamese Wikipedia.
Interface for claiming mentees in Growth's Newcomer homepage

On wikis where the Homepage is available, mentors can claim mentees.


Since May 2019, the Growth team is working at Newcomer homepage project. This feature is only available on a short list of wikis.

Part of this project is to assign each newbie an experienced mentor. This mentor is randomly selected from the list of experienced users who volunteered to be mentors.

Originally, it wasn't possible to change the mentor, which could've caused some troubles for wiki instructors, who might want to be a mentor for all their participants, and also for other groups of people. Since January 2020, it is possible for any listed mentor to change the assigned mentor for any newbie.


Notification the mentee will see after their mentor was changed

Mentors can claim a mentee by:

  1. going to Special:ClaimMentee
  2. entering the name of mentee you want to claim
  3. filling a reason (for instance, I teach this user at an off-wiki course)
  4. submitting the form.

The action will be successful even in cases the user didn't have any mentor set previously. However, it does not enable the homepage for the users: they have to enable it.

All usages of this interface are logged at Special:Log, if you want to filter just Growth-related changes, you can use Special:Log/growthexperiments.

Changing the mentor will automatically create an Echo notification to the mentee, so they will be informed about this change. This notification encourages the mentee to contact their new mentor.

If a mentee wants to change their mentor, they have to ask a mentor to claim them.

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