Defective Flamesuit wrote:From my point of view the only real problem with this idea is that there aren't enough mentor-worthy members who would be interested.
I view this completely differently. There is a difference between mentoring and spoon-feeding. The way I see it is that this whole forum is a mentor. If you have a legit question, it WILL get answered. Simple as that.
Now, it takes research on what question to ask. Most of this however can be found on Google or in the forums here.
Noob A asks: I can program PHP, what do I do next o become a hacker?
Noob B asks: I know how to build a CMS for website and am working on a forum, what techniques could I use to test my CMS and soon to be forum?
Noob B will get a response more detailed than A's. B will learn quicker as he is given better resources and some more guidance.
He achieves more because he took more time to ask.
What you say is all correct, but I think it's misleading to refer to it as spoon feeding. The fact is that someone with enough devotion will undoubtedly be able to learn loads from this community and the resources available on the Internet. There is no question about that. However, the process is exponentially faster and more appealing to new users to have someone there to specifically teach them new things, rather than just answer their questions. I am still rather undecided on this because on one hand, HTS has things like lectures, missions and articles where you can learn a bunch of stuff about things you didn't know existed, and all you have to do is browse through some links. So no one here can really expect users to put in their time to help the "lazy" people who don't spend the time digging up information on what they want to learn.
fashizzlepop wrote:The way I see it is that this whole forum is a mentor. If you have a legit question, it WILL get answered. Simple as that.
But doesn't that make it more like a Q and A service than a mentor? Again what I said before about the articles / lectures still comes in to play here (the site's not just a place to get answers to questions, but also to learn), but I think having individuals take on a pupil with specific goals in mind will result in more learning for the pupil 99% of the time.
Of course, this is all still hypothetical, and maybe I'm wrong, but I think if you believe that people will learn more with a personal mentor, the question becomes how to get the right people to want to do it. Just spitballing here, but to borrow again from that videogames site that had a tutor program I mentioned, there was a tournament at the end of the tutoring time between all of the pupils. The winning pupil got some reward, as did that pupil's mentor. This may not be applicable, but it can't hurt to suggest. Could there be some sort of time-limited pupil mission / competition at the end of a mentoring phase that tests the pupils and rewards the mentors?
The last part of this highly hypothetical and potentially erroneous post is the issue of selecting the people that deserve tutoring, should such a program exist. A large portion of the noobs who post things like "how can I hack facebook!?!?" would be wasted in a tutoring program, because they would either a) lose interest, or b) not put in the effort that the mentor puts in and consequently waste everyone's time. Some sort of serious application might help to minimize the number of "bad tutees" who get accepted, and I think a selection process should be carefully constructed if HTS ever did implement this program.
Again, I really think such a program would definitely enrich the experience here and increase the learning factor by wild proportions. Even better is that mentors get the chance to actually make a difference in the lives of the people they educate – unlike in videogames, a good portion of this community has / may one day have a job in the computer field, and the learning that could happen in a mentoring program may really make a difference in the student's ability to get a job or pursue further topics after being so well introduced. I would love to see this happen against all odds and I'm merely throwing suggestions out there in the hope that one day it can.