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I had an idea.
In addition to being an Internet dweeb, I'm also a ham radio operator of 38 years.
There is a term of honor or title [if you will] in amateur radio. That term is 'Elmer'.
'Elmer' is a term that refers to people who actively help others become amateur radio operators (they help them prepare for the written tests, teach them how to operate once they've got their license, etc..
Perhaps we could adopt the term here.
You can read a little about where the term came from on the ARRL Web site at: http://www.arrl.org/elmer-award .
It would be good to find some Drupal 'Elmers' to help people get started.