VocaDB gets new editors almost every week. Some of them are artists who registered to update their artist profile. Others add one or two songs and then leave. But there’s also those who stay. VocaDB is designed to be as easy to edit as possible: the editor inputs minimal amount of information and the system generates bidirectional links and listings automatically. This is one of our major advantages and a huge improvement in productivity. There’s also interactive warnings for common errors such as missing artists. Being a noteworthy database, we strive for consistency and reliability. Thus there are a significant number of conventions and guidelines related to editing the database that the editors must follow. Despite trying their best, often there’s something to be fixed the first time a new user edits something.

When I notice errors, the way I personally handle this most of the time, I explain what the editor did wrong and how they should fix it. Rather than just correcting it for them, I do it like this in hopes that the user understands what they should do differently next time (hoping that there is a next time). If I just fix it for them, they might learn nothing. VocaDB being a nonprofit, voluntary service, we have no moderation resources to keep correcting those edits repeatedly. Of course, this isn’t a rule on VocaDB – everyone is free to handle this the way they see best, using the tools VocaDB provides.

I’ve seen some editors take this personally, but I want to assure you that there’s nothing personal about reporting those mistakes. We don’t do that to be mean. We also don’t expect you to get everything perfect the first time. I also have no idea who is going to stay on the website, so I go with the assumption that instructing the new users pays off eventually.

One thought on “Tutoring new editors”

  1. “If you give a man a fish, you’ve fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for life.”

    Teaching someone something is always superior than holding their hand along the way. Without realizing it, by doing everything for someone– or even something everytime, you’re indirectly teaching them that you’ll be there to do their workload, rather than helping them in the long run.

    Knowing this site a little more, I’m definitely going to start around. Thank you for this fantastic website…

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