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I'm thinking that UN has a large mass of users that could be good writers/editors, but just end up being idiots. Our AAN policy seems to be that new users can request a mentor. From what I gather (and personal experience), new users skip over the AAN link in the welcome message, thinking "I don't need that" or "I'm too good for that". I think they would have a little more guidance and structure if they had someone to oversee them and help them with mistakes. So, our policy for AAN could change to something like, requesting permission to adopt a user. That way they're reminded that it's still an option. We aren't forcing everyone to be adopted, and we aren't forcing anyone to adopt. We just look for a new user that might have potential, and we ask if they'd like to be adopted. Or, on the contrary, a user who isn't doing so well (IE, little bits of vandalism, grammar problems, formatting issues, and the like) can be asked if they'd like a little bit of guidance so they can improve their writing, and stop getting yelled at by other Uncyclopedians. I think it could work. Priestweinrib The Priest King WeinribŽ of JupiterPriestweinrib 14:15, September 20, 2012 (UTC)

There is already a welcome template for all new users. I always check on new users to see what they are upto. Ones that start an article I think has potential, I will always leave a message on their talk page or the page of the article if they are there as an anon i.p. If they want further guidance then that can be supplied. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ® (Orate) 18:28, September 20, 2012 (UTC)
I'm aware of the welcome template, but I don't think that a new user would really pay attention to the AAN link. I didn't. I'm just good at getting the hang of things quickly(I think). But, as I said, I think asking them if they'd like a bit of guidance would be more effective. Unless that's what you're referring to. I'd rather not wait forever for a more interested user actually takes a gander at AAN. I think asking them (not forcing) would work more efficiently than just waiting and hoping that a new, potentially good user happens to actually look at AAN. Priestweinrib The Priest King WeinribŽ of JupiterPriestweinrib 18:40, September 20, 2012 (UTC)