Butterfly Flights Reference

This page is intended to serve as a reference/resource for prospective mentors interested in participating in a Butterfly Flight for the first time, and returning Commanders who have additional questions.

Big thanks to CelesteKara does not match any existing user name, NaveilNaveil, OCuinOCuin, The PigheadThe Pighead, Truc LinhTruc Linh, and weizhongweizhong who contributed advice and suggestions for this page!

A quick overview of the basics:

  • A Butterfly Flight is a monthly mentorship program where experienced reviewers ("commanders") work with 1-2 mentees ("officers") to develop skills in both forum critique and (when applicable) moderation.
  • Flights last for two weeks (14 days) and there can be up to six flights per month. Numbers vary depending on site and IRL considerations, as well as commander availability.
  • Flights teams pick the front page features for the next month.
  • The Flight Commander will work with the officers to determine quality and activity goals for each week of the Flight.
    • A "quality" goal is improvement of a certain critique skill or technique.
    • An "activity" goal is a certain number of posts made in a week.
  • Officers may officially recommend forum threads for Commander consideration/greenlighting.
  • Officers who successfully complete the Flight will be noted on the Butterfly Roster and granted honorary greenlight privileges.

Brief guidelines for Commanders:

At the start of the flight:
- Determine the first week's quality goal (improving critique skills) and activity goal (how active someone is in the forums) with officer(s).
- Confirm the preferred page type for front page feature (first come, first serve, there will be a thread for signups).
- Ask whether the officer(s) prefers for their critique to be regularly reviewed, or if they would prefer to designate specific critiques for review.
- Ask whether officer(s) want to practice addressing forum etiquette/moderation skills.

During the flight:
- Answer questions from officer(s) as needed.
- Check up on reviews written by officer(s) and offer suggestions for improvement.
- Evaluate first week's goals, set new goals for second week.
- If desired, track reviews written by officer(s) using a sandbox page.

After the flight:
- Determine if goals have been achieved sufficiently so as to consider the Flight successful.
- Choose page for front page feature.
- Contact Zyn with the above information.


Advice from prior Commanders:


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