I feel that awards such as barnstars and other similar things are a great way to motivate users, and let them know their work is appreciated. Of course, so is a simple "thank you", but pictures are prettier.
Please see WP:BSB. Or not. I go away for a few months and everything around here just falls apart, eh? My user page seems to have more outdated info and red links than... a... red link... farm? Oh well. The idea still stands.
Awards I have given
I know it's a bit out of the ordinary to keep a list of people who a user has given awards to, as opposed to just those recieved, but its good to keep track of I figure, and to further let them know their effort is appreciated. In order given. (If you're listed here and don't want to be for some reason, just let me know, or take yourself off, I won't mind).
- Voice of All (talk · contribs) - Template:The Template Barnstar (actually for monobook.js mods, but there was no appropriate star for that specifically)
- CharonX (talk · contribs) - Template:The Barnstar of Good Humor
- TheTrueSora (talk · contribs) - Template:User Barnstar
- Mike Rosoft (talk · contribs) - Template:The Editor's Barnstar
- Tawkerbot2 (talk · contribs) - Template:The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar (Who says bots don't like barnstars too?)
- Cool Cat (talk · contribs) - Manga and Anime BarnSakura Award
- Gtdp (talk · contribs) - Template:The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar (For help reverting tons of attacks by the AOL vandal on 18 June 2006)