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The Mentors is a volunteer program overseen by Neos Moderation but run by the Mentor Lead Team. Those who are a part of it are volunteers from the Neos community who in their free time help out, educate, or assist other users if they are confused or uncertain. They aim to provide help, assistance, and support to the entire community. Especially to new players who need guidance. Mentors act as a bit of a social barrier for those who are new to the community.

What is a Mentor?

A Mentor is a member of the community that has volunteered their time to help users new and old. They are an essential part of the New User Experience in reinforcing the friendly, welcoming community that Neos houses.

Kdokoliv může být mentor - moderátor, člen Neos teamu, nebo i člen komunity - mnoho z nás bylo mentory v dřívějších dnech, ještě předtím, než si mnoho z nás uvědomilo, že budeme moderátory nebo členy teamu. Tím že se stanete mentorem, jde o způsob kontroly a přidělení vám alespoň malého kusu odpovědnosti, aby jste viděli zda to zvládnete. Tím že jste mentorem pomáháte Neosu v mnohem více směrech než si dokážete představit.

Mentors can be identified in-game by their unique green name color and badge (as shown above), and they can be found through a couple of methods.

  • Reach out on the NeosVR Discord through the #questions-help channel, where you can ping the @Neos Mentor role to find free volunteers for help.
  • Include a request for mentors or help in the name of your session. When opening a new world you will be prompted to give it a name, with the default as “<User name’s> World”, clicking on this will open a keyboard to edit the name.

What are the Mentor Leads?

The purpose of the Mentor Leads is to enable other Mentors and provide structure and resources where before there wasn't any. Every Mentor lead should be able to autonomously handle things like tweaking the guidelines, correcting grammatical mistakes, implementing quality of life and onboarding new applicants.

Current Mentor Leads can be found on the Mentor Roster (Listed Below), or in the following list;

  • Caetaena
  • Ikani
  • MattyK
  • Lazhannya
  • Veer (Chief Moderation Officer, Oversees the Mentor Program as a whole)

(Current as of 6th of January, 2022)

What is the Criteria for being a Mentor?

The willingness to teach and learn, and a baseline of experience with the tools of Neos.

What comes with the Mentor role?

  • Recognition and thanks for their time and assistance as a volunteer.
  • Recognition of their Mentor role via a badge and nameplate colour enabling users in need of help to more easily seek them out.
  • Access to the Neos Volunteer Team Discord to receive Mentor-related announcements and updates, and to communicate and coordinate with other mentors and members of the other volunteer teams.
  • Access to the Neos Mentor Team Group containing useful teaching materials.

How do I become a Mentor?

Listed in the Mentor Resources below is an Application Form; the process of becoming a Mentor has been largely streamlined and made less opaque by the inclusion of the new Mentor Trainer System too, which you can read through in the resources below as well.

Mentor Resources

Below is a list of Front-Facing Documentation & Resources that the Mentor Team uses. All information displayed is fit for public consumption and intended to give one a broad overview of the Mentor Program and what it entails.

Mentor Program Application The Front-Facing Application for the Mentor Program. The Mentor Program is open to new applicants.

Mentor Guidelines The Mentor Guidelines, listed below in it's own translated section.

Mentor Roster The Mentor Program's Roster; displaying current Mentors, Mentor Trainees, their Time Zones and their Languages.

Mentor Trainer System The Mentor Trainer System; a compulsory system that all new Mentors are put through to establish a baseline of skills and expectations. It functions as numerous things; an acculturation process, a probationary period and an onboarding period for the new Mentor.

Neos Mentor Guidelines

Version 1.2

Mentors are Community Members who volunteer their time to help other Users, new and old.

They are important to all Users, but especially New Users, and should achieve a baseline of skills, which they are able to convey.

The Role does not come with a quota to fulfill, but with an expectation to represent Neos and the friendly, open Community that it houses.

  1. Follow the Neos Usage Guidelines
  2. Respect fellow Users
    1. Consider personal space, comfort, ear and eye safety.
    2. Make sure to consider what the User you’re helping is actually interested in.
  3. While acting as a Mentor, Avoid Biases and Conflict
    1. De-escalate if a situation drifts too far into a discussion/argument.
    2. Personal likes/dislikes and opinions should not be forced upon other Users.
  4. Do not abuse the Mentor Role
    1. Do not lie about your rights, impersonate Moderators, or generally put yourself above other Users based on your Role.
    2. Avoid manipulating a User to follow personal beliefs/opinions on the basis of your Mentor Role.
    3. Being a mentor does not grant exclusivity in teaching users, anyone can teach and one should not override that teaching unless it violates Neos Usage Guidelines.
  5. Avoid disruptive Tools/Gadgets
    1. New Users shouldn't be overwhelmed by displacement gadgets (push tools/guns, gravity tips, hand/proxy grabbers) or loud/bright effects (such as realistic guns, flashbangs or the visual filters found on vapes/bongs).
    2. Similarly, a complex Multi-tool can eschew the new user experience and expectation, keep to simple or default tooltips when possible with new users.
  6. Act polite and dignified
    1. Have patience with Users, especially when it comes to technical issues or them needing more time to understand. Do not become pushy.
    2. Remember that the badge comes with recognition and represents the Neos platform to a degree.
  7. Stay open to constructive criticism, listen to feedback
    1. Not every possible problem can be covered in the guidelines. If another User, fellow Mentor, or Lead approaches you with an issue, please be considerate and listen.

Not following the Mentor Guidelines as an established Mentor may result in consequences, which can range from a warning to removal from the Program.

Removal Decisions will always be made by the Mentor Leads as a whole.