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Would it be possible to create a retirement barnstar for coordinators, admins, oversighters, etc who voluntarily step down or otherwise retire from their positions to pursue other interests? It would be a nice way to honor those contributors who step down from these positions to pursue other interests, and it couldn't hurt to have a departure themed barnstar for those who leave Wikipedia as a whole so as to honor them. Thoughts? TomStar81 (Talk) 01:17, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
Meh. While I don't think the award would do them any harm, I'd much rather see them get an award for the work they were doing, or moved on to do, instead of merely for the act of stepping down. Achowat (talk) 05:48, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
Actually, I did create a retirement barnstar with a gold watch. I'd have to look for it. --Mark Miller (talk) 22:53, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
OK, I can't find the one I made but I did find the one that inspired mine, but I didn't look closely when I was decided to use a different image.
Wikipedia Gold Watch of Retirement
!! Happy Retirement [[User:Name|Name]]!! -
We're really sorry to see you leave Wikipedia, but are also really glad you joined in the first place. Thanks for all the contributions you’ve made to making Wikipedia the best factual based resource on the internet. Mark Miller (talk) 06:12, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
I've had some problems with user:TMDrew, regarding vandalism (a few days ago, I had to issue him a final warning), anyway I'm pleased to say the vandalism seems to have stopped. During this episode I noticed the user frequently cleans his talk page, after looking at the edits I realise I am not the first person he's had problems with. It made me curious then how he could have been awarded a Barnstar by a user name 'Bobby', I was also curious why there was no hyperlink to this user, rather the name had not been typed with the usual 4 ~'s, but seemed like it had been literally written out. After looking at his user page edit history, I saw that no else other than TMDrew had ever edited the page leading me to believe he had awarded himself a barnstar. I have no idea what happens next in regards to this, it seems to be a rare case, and I honestly had no idea where to report such activity other than here, but I just thought I'd let you know.
Heuh0, I have seen several instances where unproductive editors use sockpuppets or meat puppets to award barnstars to themselves. Such deceptions are usually transparent. Since barnstars are unofficial, casual awards, given for subjective reasons, I recommend ignoring bogus barnstars. Editors are judged by their positive contributions, or lack thereof. A fake barnstar is no protection at all. Cullen328Let's discuss it 04:07, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thanks. DocHeuh (talk) 17:29, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
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Please let me know what you think.Maranjosie (talk) 17:53, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
For the image, I've always been a "Show, don't tell]] kind of person when it comes to Barnstar design. It's better to not just write on top of one what it is, I'd say. Maybe a design based on the puzzle-piece thing that, at least to an untrained 20-something in New England, screams 'Autism' more than any word could. (I understand the spectrum thing, but we frankly have too many rainbow barnstars to add another without it getting confusing). Achowat (talk) 21:05, 29 January 2015 (UTC)