| This is a recommendation as submitted by the community health task force.
Please provide input and suggestions on Talk:Task force/Recommendations/Community health 6
Outline: demarcate and strengthen volunteer roles
Editors of all experience levels risk burnout due to hostility and conflict. Hostility is increasing.
Make it easier to recognize editors who have a reputation of helping the project, and make it easier to recognize new volunteers in need of help.
- Create a "senior editor" role for volunteers who have a record of good judgment, reasonableness, understanding of policy, and constructive behavior.
- Clearly demarcate "senior editors" in their usernames/signatures
- To become a "senior editor", one must demonstrate constructive behavior and understanding of policy by writing X number of featured articles
- To become a "senior editor", one must demonstrate good judgment and reasonableness by resolving Y incidents at various noticeboards
- A community discussion is not needed to confirm a senior editor, unless they have been previously been sanctioned, or they believe that they qualify with equivalent experience
- Consider giving certain administrative/bureaucratic privileges to senior editors, to make such privileges open to a wider set of volunteers
- Protect new users by demarcating them, and help them find assistance from experienced editors (such as mentors, administrators, and "senior editors")
- Demarcate new users in their usernames/signatures, so there is no excuse for "accidentally" biting a newbie
- Strengthen mentorship roles with clearer behavioral criteria and responsibilities
- Demarcate mentors and administrators in their usernames/signatures, so that new users can recognize helpful volunteers