It's a good idea, as is any which aims to disseminate knowledge to those who want to gain some. However, I don't really see it working here. We have lots of experienced folks, lots of "ok" folks and lots of folks who don't know very much (PHP) at all. That's not a problem. Where I see the problem is having mentors who are willing and able to devote their time (for free) towards a structured mentoring system for individuals. Why do this, when we have a whole community who can work together answer queries, questions and/or guide people in their learning?
or maybe you could hire like some mentors that can gain like talkphp credits so when you have 100 credits you get a present :) or something like that + my price would be to see someone learn more with help then by them self.
+ i think their is at least some people who is willing to be a mentor + you could do a test to check if the person is fit to be a mentor + post count minimum for requesting a mentor should be like 200 + and mentors should be a long time member of talkphp hum some more things i need to cover hum..hum, //will edit if i have some more info ;) also a mentor and a student might talk for a while to see if it would work and if the mentor thinks this could work out he will train him to be a ultimate guru ;)
oh and i just came up with a thing that could work. (yeah i know i am a idea man xd)',
well the idea was like tanax said what he wanted to learn we could do like this that for him to get those training he would need to help like 1 - 3 new members learn the basic then he will get hes training etc.. so everyone gets what they need but in order to get it you need to help out as well. That would work i think ;) any comments on that ?
I am in support of this, if one thing is taken into consideration:
We are not their on-call debuggers or first goto guys. They need to do their part and still use the public resources. Now if it is a bigger problem, or some more advanced bug that would almost require an experienced programmer, that is what we are there for.