Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Wikipedia Awards

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Burkina Faso Barnstars[edit]

Hi, I've never given a barnstar before but I thinkStamboliyski has made some great contributions to Wikipedia articles related to the Politics of Burkina Faso over the past week and half. I think he should get a star for creating the half dozen or so pages that he has contributed to Wikipedia on Burkina Faso.Monopoly31121993 (talk) 20:02, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

I think, as a general rule, all sovereign nations get to have a listed Barnstar of National Merit. If you're looking for help creating the image, maybe the blokes over at the Graphics Lab can help. Achowat (talk) 05:47, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Academia and Wikipedia[edit]

We have recently held an Edit-a-thon at my university and I wanted to award some of the academic participants a barnstar as a thank you for sharing their research specialisms (and weekend) with Wikipedia. Is there currently an Academic Wikipedian barnstar? If not, would their be any object to creating one? I think it would be a nice thank you and encouragement to academics to get involved. Mhbeals (talk) 21:54, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Do you mean an barnstar to be given to Academics? Because then just give them the barnstar that best suits their work. Remember, we want to recognize the edits, not the editors. If you mean a barnstar for editors who cover Academics, I only question if that topic is broad enough for a barnstar. I mean, there isn't even a dedicated WikiProject. Achowat (talk) 05:52, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
I meant academics who engage in Wikipedia Education, such as integrating editing into classes or holding university events like edit-a-thons. There was, if I remember correctly several individuals at Wikimania 2014 pushing for greater involvement of Academics in improving Wikipedia and I think having something like this would help encourage regular participation via their institutions rather than just as private citizens Mhbeals (talk) 10:43, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
The real life barnstar is quite close. HalfHat 13:44, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
I'm with HalfHat here. If you want to recognize people for doing work IRL, that's the award. Achowat (talk) 05:47, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Idea, Polished Barnstar[edit]

For making Wikipedia look nicer. If I get the time and you like the idea I'll try and design one. HalfHat 10:08, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

"Look nicer"...Do you mind giving us a few, even hypothetical, examples of the kind of edits that might warrant such an award? Achowat (talk)
Well I'm thinking of things like whitespace, pictures (and arrangement) largely formatting that makes the article more readable. More readable is a better way to put it. I just thought it'd be a neat (pun intended) thing to have. HalfHat 16:28, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Somewhat, but also sort of WikiFairy I don't think redundancy is too much of a problem, there is already a degree of overlap between awards, and multiple designs for awards. I just like the idea for some reason. HalfHat 22:06, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
While we don't have a star for this as of yet, it's something that's been an issue from the beginning, and you kinda have to ask yourself why these kinds of edits have never been singled out for awardation. I think the simple answer is that there aren't enough people doing this specific thing to warrant an award. 235 people use the WikiFairy (while I understand this is exactly the opposite of scientific, it's nevertheless a number). Such minor edits could be awarded a Minor Barnstar. A huge number of high-quality ones, Tireless Contributor. Fixing broken templates, Template. It seems like there's not enough here that wouldn't be covered by other, longer established awards. Achowat (talk) 05:42, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

the guardian barnstar[edit]

Hello! I would like to propose a new barnstar. The title will be "The Guardian Barnstar." This barnstar is spcifically for those users who devote their time and energy to helping certain users in a guardian angel type of way. I have a specific user in mind, but I think this would be a nice addition that anyone would be glad to award. I will design it in photoshop. I was thinking something simple; just the star with wings. Am I able to do this? And, could you walk me through the steps? Thank you! Snaudrey (talk) 02:45, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

I like the idea, but don't give my opinion too much weight, I'd give it a halo and sword though. HalfHat 10:49, 28 November 2014 (UTC) editted at 11:10, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
Like {{The Helping Hand Barnstar}} or the {{Guidance Barnstar}}? Achowat (talk) 05:26, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
I think his idea sounds cooler TBH. HalfHat 14:54, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Retirement Barnstar?[edit]

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.
Wikiretirementgoldwatch.png 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)

--Mark Miller (talk) 06:12, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

This was originally given to Mbeychok by Quantockgoblin.

Barnstar fraud?[edit]

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.

Thanks. Heuh (talk) 22:36, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

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. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 04:07, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thanks. DocHeuh (talk) 17:29, 22 December 2014 (UTC)