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Right about now,[edit]

I could use some wikilove. I hope there is a good article about hangovers, but I am not up to editing it. -- Cimon Avaro on a pogo stick 22:50 24 Jun 2003 (UTC)

Does love relieve hangover?! Or is Wikilove a gift unlike any other? --Menchi 23:02 24 Jun 2003 (UTC)

I don't know. maybe it travels the whole world round. Sorry, have to go barf now -- Cimon Avaro on a pogo stick 23:45 24 Jun 2003 (UTC)

Can we eliminate this faux-hippy ness from Wikipedia??[edit]

i'm actually trying to study and write papers off of this wonderful site and i really would appreciate it if it didn't adopt a cult-like status of wiki-love, whnich would undoubtedly interfere and corrupt its premise for the freedom of information.

thanks Elakhna 02:05, 2 November 2007 (UTC)


I disagree. Simply because it is not a physical or well known concept, doesn't mean it should be left out. It would be like leaving out a concept of a video game simply because it doesn't really exist physically. Wikilove is in fact an aspect of wikipedia as determined by wikipedia and it's members, and should thus be treating as an aspect and given it's thread. If you don't like it, then simply don't refer to it, but many of us believe it has a place because it is portrayed by wikipedia as a viable aspect.

~Akiatu~ (talk) 06:33, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

I am obviously very late to this chat, but will add to it anyway in case others stumble across it like I have. Firstly, I agree with Akiatu entirely. I also have something else to add, though.
Elakhna mentions that this is a "wonderful site". An important thing to note is that this site is only made wonderful by the contributions of individuals, almost all of which are unpaid.
As a general rule, individuals hate to be taken for granted and to have their kind, freely-given efforts be unrecognized or taken as if they were owed. As another general rule, individuals love it when they have tokens of appreciation even so small as a little "Thank you" or something, since that lets the giver know that the the people who are benefiting are aware that the individual went out of their way to do something nice and are grateful for that.
So spreading "WikiLove", even in such simple ways as just thanking people occasionally, really helps to motivate people to continue contributing to Wikipedia. There are lots of people sinking a lot of time and effort into improving the site, for no tangible reward. Most of them probably feel that it is worth doing for the good of society and to support the ideal of spreading knowledge, and are thus basically motivated by philosophical, idealistic, and egalitarian ideas. However, that sort of thing can be eroded after a long time getting not just no tangible compensation but not even any gratitude.
I personally find that I edit Wikipedia for egalitarian reasons, but sometimes get quite sick and tired of putting in so much effort with what seems to be no recognition except reverts, until someone does something like send me a tiny little "Thank you" that keeps me not just editing but happy to be editing, and thus likely to edit much more actively.
So complaining about "WikiLove" distracting you from this "wonderful site" does not make sense because—even ignoring that one can just ignore "WikiLove"; it doesn't actually get in the way of anything—promoting the tendency to express gratitude (and similar things) helps maintain the community that keeps Wikipedia wonderful and even expands its wonderfulness. BreakfastJr (talk) 11:42, 19 January 2014 (UTC)
Hear, hear. Also, the reference to hippies was offside, in both directions. Laodah 22:01, 17 February 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laodah (talkcontribs)

In praise of Wikipedia editors[edit]

(from the Wikipedia:Village pump)

Yesterday I wrote an article on Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani nuclear engineer. I uploaded it shortly before 8pm UTC. Only 16 hours later, it's already received a variety of useful edits from seven other editors. I think this is amazing - Wikipedia's editing community is incredibly responsive. It's a great tool, but it's the energy and enthusiasm of the contributors, so visible in this instance, which have made it so successful. Long may it continue. :-) -- ChrisO 13:01, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)

It's a great job, by all concerned. If only Igor "The Beard" Kurchatov were as good. -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 13:22, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Finlay, you shouldn't advertise this guy. His name almost outclasses yours.  ;) fabiform | talk 13:58, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Anyone for Great beards of the 20th century? I see a great need... :D -- ChrisO 15:09, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Here's a great starting point: [1] :) fabiform | talk 15:40, 3 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Or here... - Woodrow 00:22, 7 Apr 2004 (UTC)
I have been floored in my whole Wiki week here by several things--the wonderful wiki markup that makes it so easy to do the necessary work, the instantaneous way in which the links become real (ok, when the servers aren't struggling their little behinds off), the ability to go in and clean up stuff, even minor, that you happen to notice, the tools for monitoring what's going on in every concievable manner, and the awesome community that has been nothing but supportive of me and my novice questions. Wiki, I love you, man! (OK, that's a little overdone--) Elf

Wikipedia is simply the best![edit]

(from the village pump) Above all, if one needs mathematical or scientific information, Wikipedia is simply the best, which brought the Web out in the last years. There are to some extent understandable, clear and extensive explanations to (nearly) each topic. Still to it the whole is free. It is fascinating that also in the today's Spam and garbage and troll contaminated Web still another project instructed on voluntariness, self-check and co-operation survive can.

Further so, Wikipedia!

Thank you! :) --mav 11:07, 12 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Oh, I can't have tea.[edit]

I'm just getting over my caffeine addiction. - Arthur George Carrick 01:42, 12 Mar 2004 (UTC)


Hey Everybody![edit]

New template[edit]

—Preceding unsigned comment added by DougsTech (talkcontribs) at 03:13, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

I like fried chicken, but others may not. And you should not give this template to a vegetarian Wikipedian. - Face 15:59, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
I too love fried chicken, but Face has a point. Perhaps you should give people a LIVE chicken. Could catch on; drive florists out of business. Laodah 22:05, 17 February 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laodah (talkcontribs)

Here's a kitten for you guys <3

Clearinghouse of all WikiLove templates[edit]

Hi, could someone create a page that shows all WikiLove messages that have ever been created, and how they look when deployed? The template that lists some of them is woefully inadequate, and most all of the WikiLove messages I see around the site are not on it. This is frustrating when you want to give one to people but can't find the one that fits the bill, even though you've seen it in the past (but can't remember where you saw it). Thanks! Softlavender (talk) 01:37, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for supporting ahimsa[edit]

Just an errant Buddhist, wandering in to throw up our gang sign. Thanks for referring to ahmisa in the essay. What the world needs now. Laodah 21:58, 17 February 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laodah (talkcontribs)