Wikipedia:Service awards

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Service awards are a simple way of acknowledging an editor's level of contribution based on two specific benchmarks: the number of contributions the editor made to Wikipedia and the length of time they have been registered. One academic has described Wikipedia's service award schema as a way to award the self.[1]

Unlike other awards given from one editor to another in a show of appreciation, this is one award that is intended to be given to yourself, although it can also be given by a second party. It is achieved by a strictly mechanical count of time registered and number of edits. Both requirements must be met to be eligible for each award level. There is no process for receiving these awards; you just determine the grade to which you are entitled, then display it on your user page.

Please remember that neither the number of edits, nor the length of time from when an account was created are, in and of themselves, good indicators of the quality of an editor's contributions or diplomatic ability. Hence, service awards do not indicate any level of authority whatsoever; "master" editors are not bestowed with more authority, through this award, than "novice" editors.

Levels[edit]

There are currently 19 award levels and one base level. The "Signator-to-Lord Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia" track is a humorous alternative for those who find the more formal titles too formal.

  • Signator is from the Latin signātōrius, which means someone who has made a mark.
  • Burba means "recruit" in Venetian.
  • Novato is Spanish and Portuguese for "beginner".
  • Grognard (French for "grumbler") was Napoleon's pet name for his Old Guard.
  • Tutnum, Labutnum, Looshpah, Togneme and Gom are made-up words that are intended to sound impressive.

For the first five levels, there are also incremental service awards. Unlike the Standard Unofficial Service Awards these awards allow users to have awards in-between the major service awards. There are 20 incremental service awards, with four levels of incremental service award for each of the first five service awards.

For the sake of variety, three badge variants are provided for each level: a medal, a book, and a ribbon (thanks to Wikipedia:Ribbons). To keep the validity and status of the major service awards, a ribbon is the only variant for incremental service awards. Editors may display the badge of their preference, a combination of badges, or none at all.

To learn your edit count and the date of your first logged edit, you can click Preferences, where this information will appear. A more detailed edit counter is the User Analysis Tool (a replacement for X!'s edit counter); there are also other edit counters and analysis tools. These tools do not always provide equal numbers because they rely on different methods of calculation.

The following table lists the two requirements to be eligible for an award level. Both requirements must be met for an award level.

Requirements for service awards
° Award Edits Period
1 Registered Editor (or Signator) 1 1 day
2 Novice Editor (or Burba) 200 1 month
3 Apprentice Editor (or Novato) 1,000 3 months
4 Journeyman Editor (or Grognard) 2,000 6 months
5 Yeoman Editor (or Grognard Extraordinaire) 4,000 1 year
6 Experienced Editor (or Grognard Mirabilaire) 6,000 1.5 years
7 Veteran Editor (or Tutnum) 8,000 2 years
8 Veteran Editor II (or Grand Tutnum) 12,000 2.5 years
9 Veteran Editor III (or Most Perfect Tutnum) 16,000 3 years
10 Veteran Editor IV (or Tutnum of the Encyclopedia) 20,000 3.5 years
11 Senior Editor (or Labutnum) 24,000 4 years
12 Senior Editor II (or Most Pluperfect Labutnum) 28,500 4.5 years
13 Senior Editor III (or Labutnum of the Encyclopedia) 33,000 5 years
14 Master Editor (or Illustrious Looshpah) 42,000 6 years
15 Master Editor II (or Auspicious Looshpah) 51,000 7 years
16 Master Editor III (or Most Plusquamperfect Looshpah Laureate) 60,000 8 years
17 Master Editor IV (or Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia) 78,000 10 years
18 Grandmaster Editor (or Lord High Togneme Vicarus) 96,000 12 years
19 Grandmaster Editor First-Class (or Lord High Togneme Laureate) 114,000 14 years
20 Vanguard Editor (or Lord Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia) 132,000 16 years

Exposition on the requirements[edit]

What is counted?[edit]

How to count your edits is up to you. It is generally assumed that all edits, even including edits by bots and deleted edits, are okay to count. If you want to count edits on other Wikimedia projects, that's okay too. If you began as an anonymous IP editor and want to count from the time of your first IP edit, that's also okay. If you run or ran more than one account, you may choose to include the edits for your other user accounts as well. If you are or were an administrator, you can count your administrative actions as edits if you want. You may also begin counting the amount of time you have been an editor for from an older account or IP address of yours. It's all based on the honor system, so do what you think gives you the most fair and accurate award level.

To clarify, though, both the edit count and the time for a given level are required to achieve that level.

Rationale for the requirements[edit]

The edit count requirements for the levels are based on what, in the opinion of the editors who formulated the requirements, could be achieved by a human editor working with considerable regularity and diligence using the default tools and a fairly typical editing pattern. The awards for the first two years require a considerably lower edit rate than those for the later years.

Bots and editors using certain tools or editing patterns may achieve higher rates, while editors using certain editing patterns (such as mainly posting completed articles with a single edit and so forth) may have lower rates, and of course editors who don't edit regularly may have lower rates.

Thus not all editors will see a good match between service time and edit counts (some editors may be eligible for a high level by service time but not by edit count, while other editors may be eligible for a high level by edit count but not by service time). This is an imperfection which is an inherent consequence of the decision to use an uncomplicated system for determining eligibility for each award.

  • The first seven levels (up to Veteran Editor or Tutnum), which cover the first two years of one's editing career, would require a rate of 4,000 edits per year if one were to advance levels with edit counts and service time in perfect synchronization (except that the very first level, Novice Editor or Burba, requires only 200 edits rather than 333).
  • Levels 8 through 11 (up to Senior Editor or Labutnum), which cover the next two years of one's editing career, would require a rate of 8,000 edits per year if one were to advance levels with edit counts and service time in perfect synchronization.
  • Levels 12 and up would require a rate of 9,000 edits per year (an average of about 25 edits per day) if one were to advance levels with edit counts and service time in perfect synchronization.

Images and userboxes[edit]

You can place the {{service awards}} template on your user page to show the image or userbox most appropriate for your time of service and edit count. For it to calculate the time you have been registered with Wikipedia, you must give it year=, month= and day= parameters specifying your registration date. You must also give your edit count using an edits= parameter, and update this each time your edits pass one of the service award levels. The format= parameter can be used to specify the display format. See the template's documentation for details.

The {{Service award progress}} template can show your progress towards the next service award. Like {{service awards}}, it also requires year=, month=, day= and edits= parameters to specify when you registered and how many edits you have made.

Alternatively, you can pick an award template from the following table:

Registered Editor (or Signator)[edit]

This user is a Registered Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Registered Editor}}

This editor is a Signator and is entitled to display this Scroll of Signatures.


{{Signator}}

Registered editor badge with tildes.jpg This editor is a Registered Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Registered Editor Userbox}}


Signator.jpg This editor is a Signator and is entitled to display this Scroll of Signatures.


{{Signator Userbox}}


Registered Editor


{{Registered Editor Ribbon}}

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Requirements:
  • 1 edit and
  • 1 day of service

Incremental service award ribbons are also available, starting at 50 edits and 8 days of service.

Novice Editor (or Burba)[edit]

This editor is a Novice Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Novice Editor}}

This editor is a Burba and is entitled to display this First Book of Wikipedia.


{{Burba}}

Editor - white ribbon - 0 pips.jpg This editor is a Novice Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Novice Editor Userbox}}


Wikipedia goldenbook.jpg This editor is a Burba and is entitled to display this First Book of Wikipedia.


{{Burba Userbox}}


Novice Editor


{{Novice Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Burba rib.svg|72px]]

Requirements:
  • 200 edits and
  • 1 month of service

Incremental service award ribbons are also available, starting at 400 edits and 1 month 15 days of service.

Apprentice Editor (or Novato)[edit]

This editor is an Apprentice Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Apprentice Editor}}

This editor is a Novato and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Picture Story Book.


{{Novato}}

Editor - blue ribbon - 0 pips.jpg This editor is an Apprentice Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Apprentice Editor Userbox}}


Fuzzy squirrel in wiki-land.png This editor is a Novato and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Picture Story Book.


{{Novato Userbox}}


Apprentice Editor


{{Apprentice Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Novato rib.svg|72px]]

Requirements:
  • 1,000 edits and
  • 3 months of service

Incremental service award ribbons are also available, starting at 1,250 edits and 3 months 23 days of service.

Journeyman Editor (or Grognard)[edit]

This editor is a Journeyman Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Journeyman Editor}}

This editor is a Grognard and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Little Red Book.


{{Grognard}}


Editor - bronze ribbon - 1 pip.jpg This editor is a Journeyman Editor and is entitled to display this
Service Badge.


{{Journeyman Editor Userbox}}


Little red wikipedia book.jpg This editor is a Grognard and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Little Red Book.


{{Grognard Userbox}}


Journeyman Editor


{{Journeyman Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib4.png]]

Requirements:
  • 2,000 edits and
  • 6 months of service

Incremental service award ribbons are also available, starting at 2,500 edits and 7 months 15 days of service.

Yeoman Editor (or Grognard Extraordinaire)[edit]

This editor is a Yeoman Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Yeoman Editor}}

This editor is a Grognard Extraordinaire and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Vest Pocket Edition.


{{Grognard II}}

Editor - silver ribbon - 2 pips.jpg This editor is a Yeoman Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Yeoman Editor Userbox}}


Small wikipedia book.jpg This editor is a Grognard Extraordinaire and is entitled to display this Wikipedia Vest Pocket Edition.


{{Grognard II Userbox}}


Yeoman Editor


{{Yeoman Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib5.PNG]]

Requirements:
  • 4,000 edits and
  • 1 year of service

Incremental service award ribbons are also available, starting at 4,500 edits and 13 months 15 days of service.

Experienced Editor (or Grognard Mirabilaire)[edit]

"Experienced Editor, awarded for being a registered editor for at least 1.5 years and making at least 6,000 edits"
This editor is an Experienced Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Experienced Editor}}

This editor is a Grognard Mirabilaire and is entitled to display this 1937 Wikipedia First Edition.


{{Grognard III}}

Editor - gold ribbon - 3 pips.jpg This editor is an Experienced Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


{{Experienced Editor Userbox}}


Wp first edition.jpg This editor is a Grognard Mirabilaire and is entitled to display this 1937 Wikipedia First Edition.


{{Grognard III Userbox}}


Experienced Editor


{{Experienced Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib6.png]]

Requirements:
  • 6,000 edits and
  • 1.5 years of service

Veteran Editor (or Tutnum)[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor and is entitled to display this Iron Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor}}

This editor is a Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge.


{{Tutnum}}

Editor - iron star.jpg This editor is a Veteran Editor
and is entitled to display this
Iron Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor Userbox}}


Tutnum1.jpg This editor is a Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge.


{{Tutnum Userbox}}


Veteran Editor


{{Veteran Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib7.png]]

Requirements:
  • 8,000 edits and
  • 2 years of service

Veteran Editor II (or Grand Tutnum)[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor II and is entitled to display this Bronze Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor II}}

This editor is a Grand Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain.


{{Tutnum II}}

Editor - bronze star.jpg This editor is a Veteran Editor II
and is entitled to display this
Bronze Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor II Userbox}}


Tutnum2.jpg This editor is a Grand Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain.


{{Tutnum II Userbox}}


Veteran Editor II


{{Veteran Editor II Ribbon}}

Editorrib8.png
[[File:Editorrib8.png]]

Requirements:
  • 12,000 edits and
  • 2.5 years of service

Veteran Editor III (or Most Perfect Tutnum)[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor III and is entitled to display this Silver Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor III}}

This editor is a Most Perfect Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain and Cigarette Burn.


{{Tutnum III}}

Editor - silver star.jpg This editor is a Veteran Editor III
and is entitled to display this
Silver Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor III Userbox}}


Tutnum3.jpg This editor is a Most Perfect Tutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain and Cigarette Burn.


{{Tutnum III Userbox}}


Veteran Editor III


{{Veteran Editor III Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib9.png]]

Requirements:
  • 16,000 edits and
  • 3 years of service

Veteran Editor IV (or Tutnum of the Encyclopedia)[edit]

This editor is a Veteran Editor IV and is entitled to display this Gold Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor IV}}

This editor is a Tutnum of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, and Chewed Broken Pencil.


{{Tutnum IV}}

Editor - gold star.jpg This editor is a Veteran Editor IV
and is entitled to display this
Gold Editor Star.


{{Veteran Editor IV Userbox}}


Tutnum4.jpg This editor is a Tutnum of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, and Chewed Broken Pencil.


{{Tutnum IV Userbox}}


Veteran Editor IV


{{Veteran Editor IV Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib10.png]]

Requirements:
  • 20,000 edits and
  • 3.5 years of service

Senior Editor (or Labutnum)[edit]

This editor is a Senior Editor and is entitled to display this Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor}}

This editor is a Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, and Sticky Note.


{{Labutnum}}

Editor - rhodium star I.jpg This editor is a Senior Editor
and is entitled to display this
Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor Userbox}}


Tutnum5 (2).jpg This editor is a Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, and Sticky Note.


{{Labutnum Userbox}}


Senior Editor


{{Senior Editor Ribbon}}

Editorrib11.png
[[File:Editorrib11.png]]

Requirements:
  • 24,000 edits and
  • 4 years of service

Senior Editor II (or Most Pluperfect Labutnum)[edit]

This editor is a Senior Editor II and is entitled to display this Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor II}}

This editor is a Most Pluperfect Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, and Bookmark.


{{Labutnum II}}

Editor - rhodium star II.jpg This editor is a
Senior Editor II
and is entitled to display this
Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor II Userbox}}


Tutnum6 (2).jpg This editor is a Most Pluperfect Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, and Bookmark.


{{Labutnum II Userbox}}


Senior Editor II


{{Senior Editor II Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib12.png]]

Requirements:
  • 28,500 edits and
  • 4.5 years of service

Senior Editor III (or Labutnum of the Encyclopedia)[edit]

This editor is a Senior Editor III and is entitled to display this Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor III}}

This editor is a Labutnum of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, Bookmark, and Note from Jimbo.


{{Labutnum III}}

Editor - rhodium star III.jpg This editor is a
Senior Editor III
and is entitled to display this
Rhodium Editor Star.


{{Senior Editor III Userbox}}


Tutnum7.jpg This editor is a Labutnum of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, Bookmark, and Note from Jimbo.


{{Labutnum III Userbox}}


Senior Editor III


{{Senior Editor III Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib13.png]]

Requirements:
  • 33,000 edits and
  • 5 years of service

Master Editor (or Illustrious Looshpah)[edit]

This editor is a Master Editor and is entitled to display this Platinum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor}}

This editor is an Illustrious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge.


{{Looshpah}}

Editor - platinum star I.jpg This editor is a
Master Editor
and is entitled to display this
Platinum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor Userbox}}


Tutnum6.jpg This editor is an Illustrious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge.


{{Looshpah Userbox}}


Master Editor


{{Master Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib14.png]]

Requirements:
  • 42,000 edits and
  • 6 years of service

Master Editor II (or Auspicious Looshpah)[edit]

This editor is a Master Editor II and is entitled to display this Platinum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor II}}

This editor is an Auspicious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix.


{{Looshpah II}}

Editor - platinum star II.jpg This editor is a
Master Editor II
and is entitled to display this
Platinum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor II Userbox}}


Book of Knowledge.jpg This editor is an Auspicious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix.


{{Looshpah II Userbox}}


Master Editor II


{{Master Editor II Ribbon}}

Editorrib15.png
[[File:Editorrib15.png]]

Requirements:
  • 51,000 edits and
  • 7 years of service

Master Editor III (or Most Plusquamperfect Looshpah Laureate)[edit]

This editor is a Master Editor III and is entitled to display this Bufonite Editor Star.


{{Master Editor III}}

This editor is a Most Plusquamperfect Looshpah Laureate and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix and Free Errata Sheet.


{{Looshpah III}}

Editor - bufonite star.jpg This editor is a Master Editor III
and is entitled to display this
Bufonite Editor Star.


{{Master Editor III Userbox}}


Book of Knowledge2.jpg This editor is a Most Plusquamperfect Looshpah Laureate and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix and Free Errata Sheet.


{{Looshpah III Userbox}}


Master Editor III


{{Master Editor III Ribbon}}

Editorrib16.png
[[File:Editorrib16.png]]

Requirements:
  • 60,000 edits and
  • 8 years of service

Master Editor IV (or Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia)[edit]

This editor is a Master Editor IV and is entitled to display this Orichalcum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor IV}}

This editor is a Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix, Free Errata Sheet, and Author's Signature.


{{Looshpah IV}}

Editor - orichalcum star.jpg This editor is a Master Editor IV
and is entitled to display this
Orichalcum Editor Star.


{{Master Editor IV Userbox}}


Book of Knowledge3.jpg This editor is a Looshpah Laureate of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix, Free Errata Sheet, and Author's Signature.


{{Looshpah IV Userbox}}


Master Editor IV


{{Master Editor IV Ribbon}}

Editorrib17.png
[[File:Editorrib17.png]]

Requirements:
  • 78,000 edits and
  • 10 years of service

Grandmaster Editor (or Lord High Togneme Vicarus)[edit]

This editor is a Grandmaster Editor and is entitled to display this Lapis Philosophorum Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar.


{{Grandmaster Editor}}

This editor is a Lord High Togneme Vicarus and is entitled to write the Book of All Knowledge: 2nd Edition.


{{Togneme}}

Editor - lapis philosophorum superstar.jpg This editor is a Grandmaster Editor
and is entitled to display this
Lapis Philosophorum Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar.


{{Grandmaster Editor Userbox}}


Book of Knowledge2ndEd.jpg This editor is a Lord High Togneme Vicarus and is entitled to write the Book of All Knowledge: 2nd Edition.


{{Togneme Userbox}}


Grandmaster Editor


{{Grandmaster Editor Ribbon}}

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[[File:Editorrib18.png]]

Requirements:
  • 96,000 edits and
  • 12 years of service

Grandmaster Editor First-Class (or Lord High Togneme Laureate)[edit]

This editor is a Grandmaster Editor First-Class and is entitled to display this Mithril Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar hologram.


{{Grandmaster Editor FC}}

This editor is a Lord High Togneme Laureate and is entitled to write the Book of All Knowledge: 3rd Edition and attach the library barcode.


{{Togneme II}}

Editor - lapis matter ii.jpg This editor is a Grandmaster Editor First-Class and is entitled to display this Mithril Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar hologram.


{{Grandmaster Editor FC Userbox}}


Book of Knowledge barcoded.jpg This editor is a Lord High Togneme Laureate and is entitled to write the Book of All Knowledge: 3rd Edition and attach the library barcode.


{{Togneme II Userbox}}


Grandmaster FC Editor


{{Grandmaster Editor FC Ribbon}}

Editorrib19.png
[[File:Editorrib19.png]]

Requirements:
  • 114,000 edits and
  • 14 years of service

Vanguard Editor (or Lord Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia)[edit]

This editor is a Vanguard Editor and is entitled to display this Unobtainium Editor Star with the Neutronium Superstar hologram.


{{Vanguard Editor}}

This editor is Lord Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to keep the floor plan of The Great Library of Alecyclopedias, including its ancient access keys.


{{Gom}}

Editor - lapis matter iii.jpg This editor is a Vanguard Editor
and is entitled to display this
Unobtainium Editor Star with
the Neutronium Superstar hologram


{{Vanguard Editor Userbox}}


Gom.jpg This editor is Lord Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to keep the floor plan of The Great Library of Alecyclopedias, including its ancient access keys.


{{Gom Userbox}}


Vanguard Editor


{{Vanguard Editor Ribbon}}

Editorrib20.png
[[File:Editorrib20.png]]

Requirements:
  • 132,000 edits and
  • 16 years of service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashton, Daniel (January 3, 2011). "Awarding the self in Wikipedia: Identity work and the disclosure of knowledge". First Monday 16 (1). Retrieved January 4, 2010.