Newbies come in here and they are understandably overwhelmed by the amount of info and ways to make money. It is understandable that they want a mentor. Very few great achievements are attained single-handedly. Most people also tend to have more focus and get more done if they have someone to be accountable to.
I have been 'self-educated' in IM, but I also realize the value of paying for a 'fast-track' plan. And I also believe in the power of the 'team.'
I would have been more than willing to pay for a mentor. There are other industries where people pay up to $14,000 for a mentorship program. They fly to wherever the mentor is and spend up to two weeks working one-on-one with the mentor. The level of teamwork and dedication raises the stakes to force one to take action and pay attention.
Maybe the WF could have a special forum for mentoring. Where those who are willing to mentor others can post their specialities, services and rates. Newbies could go in there and find the mentor they want to teach them things like article marketing, PPC, CPA, etc.
This is just a suggestion, but if a person is willing to pay for a mentor, they should be allowed to do so. Some people aren't self-educating types. Some people aren't self-starters. But you never know, they could be marketing geniuses, or affiliate superstars, but just lack the direction and focus that a paid mentor can offer.
Just my two cents on the subject.