In the comments of the very first question of the week – now ask a scatterbrain (thanks Kieran!) – several of the comments talked about questions of advising for faculty (not how to pick and adviser, but instead how to be a good one – a question raised by newsocprof). At the time my response was to start alternating between grad students and junior faculty on Wednesdays and Saturdays. But then I thought that this might completely turn scatterplot into an advice blog (something like the ask Ann Landers of sociology). And given Jeremy’s recent point that for his taste scatterplot is just about at the limit of a hardcore professional blog, I’m glad I decided as I did (to hold off on junior faculty questions every Saturday). I wouldn’t want to push him over the limit! Nonetheless, all of this is a long prelude to ask the question above. Any advice on being a good mentor?