There will be no mentoring system in L&L.
As far as I know, no one in this forum has the qualifications to be a teacher besides me. Teaching people to write is not an easy endeavour and is better done person to person, in reality not online. I have AKs who are proficient in helping, who know how to write, but they will all tell you that they are not teachers. They are helpers. They are people who know enough to give hints and such, but they are not teachers.
To be a real teacher, you must be trained to understand the writer in all aspects of who they are. Their lives, their opinions, their personalities, their desires and needs, their true ability levels. As a teacher you have to be willing to not thrust your own styles on others, and quite frankly, most people I see give commentary do just that. Unless anyone here has a degree in teaching, especially in teaching lit and writing, no one is qualified to teach anyone anything.
The mandatory commentary threads are where people are supposed to be giving feedback. That is the only place where this will take place. That is the point to the commentary threads. If you really want to help people out, you should be visiting those and doing your thing there. Not asking to set up yet another stratosphere of ranking and community division. Stop using that word! It throws me off when I'm trying to search for people talking about me!
And, Arthur, I already told you the Critiquer's Corner will be set up after the holidays. If people cannot be patient enough to wait for that, then those people have already failed as teachers. The Critiquer's Corner will be opened, and people who want to have someone help them will ask for it. THAT is as far as it will go. Once the request is fulfilled, that is it.
Because the mentoring system will not be implemented, this thread will be locked.
< Message edited by stratos -- 1/2/2013 18:41:57 >