Wikipedia:Mentoring for FAC

Discussions (August 2016) on the WP:FAC talkpage highlighted a concern at the low rate of promotion at FAC for first-time nominators – around 15 percent. This rises to about 50 percent for editors with one successful nomination behind them, and is significantly higher for more experienced editors. To help resolve the problem of the low promotion rate for first-timers, the FAC coordinators have agreed to support, on a trial basis, a voluntary mentoring scheme for first-time nominators.

How it works

  • This is a voluntary system, and first-time nominators at WP:FAC are not required to use it. However, editors considering their initial FAC nomination, and any subsequent nomination before their first FA promotion, are strongly advised to seek the involvement of a mentor, to assist in the preparation and processing of the nomination. Such a course of action may be specifically requested by the FA coordinators, before any resubmission of an archived nomination.
  • Under this scheme, any editor who has taken at least five nominations successfully through the FAC process will be acceptable as a mentor. Editors who have indicated a willingness to act in this capacity can be found in the list below.
  • For each article, nominator and mentor will work out their modus operandi; this may involve anything from broad general advice up to and including co-nomination. If the working relationship should fail, the nominator is free to seek a different mentor.
  • It is envisaged that mentors will advise generally on issues such as the quality of prose, the adequacy of citation, reference formatting, and general presentational and MoS issues, with a view to ensuring that the nomination meets the FA criteria. They will not necessarily have subject expertise, and will not be expected to vouch for an article's technical accuracy.
  • When the article is nominated, mentors should indicate their involvement within the article's FAC nomination statement. Mentor who wish to declare "support" should do so on the nomination page in the same way as any other reviewer.

Finding mentors

There are three ways in which a nominator may find a mentor:

  • By approaching one of the editors listed below. It is up to the prospective mentor to decide whether to act
  • By approaching other editors with 5+ FA stars to their name, who although not listed may still be willing to act.
  • By placing a request for a mentor on the WP:FAC talkpage.


The following editors have indicated their willingness to act as mentors in this scheme. Note: this is a general, not a specific commitment, and no mentor is obliged to accept any specific request.

(Note: when adding your name here, you may wish to indicate preferred subject areas but this is not essential)

  1. Brianboulton
  2. Mike Christie
  3. Gerda Arendt — I was engaged in music (Requiem (Reger)) and literature (Franz Kafka), but am open to initial general help on any subject.
  4. Wehwalt
  5. Cassianto — Anything biographical—especially to do with the arts, theatre, and architecture. You can visit my user page for a full CV.
  6. SchroCat
  7. Tim riley — My usual areas are the arts and biography, but I'm happy to help with any topic (though I'd prefer to be excused Bollywood and popular music.)
  8. Iridescent — I work mainly on 19th-century England, but am happy to take a look at articles on any topic if asked
  9. Montanabw — any subject
  10. Lingzhi I know very little about images (hope to learn more), but am a decent hand at copy editing, research, referencing (including template use), etc. I am happy to help, but after my assistance there may still be issues left unresolved.
  11. Nick-D — I mainly work on military history articles, but can provide detailed advice on most history-related topics and more general advice on other topics.
  12. Cwmhiraeth — I prefer scientific or general topics, and am totally uninterested in popular culture.
  13. FunkMonk — I mainly work on zoology articles, but have an interest in art and history as well.
  14. Dudley Miles — My main interests are history, geography, science and art.
  15. Hurricanehink — My main interests are hurricanes, roads, American pop music after 1920, and space.
  16. David Fuchs — I tend to focus on film, video game, and media articles, but open to helping out on any subject; generally work on image and sourcing issues at FACs.
  17. Harry Mitchell — I dabble in British history, politics, architecture, and sometimes other things (my current focus is on war memorials).
  18. Gen. Quon — My editing interests are all over the place, but I have the most Wikipedia experience in television (post-1990 shows mostly) and pop culture-related fields (e.g. popular and alt. rock music). I also work with anthropological and classics articles. All in all, I'm open to working with people outside my area of 'expertise'.
  19. Masem - Particularly areas of video games and contemporary pop culture (television, films, music), but can also do physical sciences and engineering-related works too. Also anything where non-free media may be of concern, getting through the ins and outs of NFC policy.
  20. PresN - I mainly focus on video games (old and new), along with sci-fi and related biographies and music articles, but good editing can be applied to any area.