Wikipedia:Motto of the day/Nominations

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Motto criteria[edit]

Your motto should:[edit]

  • Reflect the community or purpose of Wikipedia.
  • Be short; it's a motto, not an essay.
  • Be funny or serious; but nevertheless, interesting.
  • Be powerful; it should provoke a reaction or draw attention, not just another "blah blah".

Your motto should not:[edit]

  • Be similar to another approved motto.
  • Be offensive or inflammatory.
  • Be too obscure (so no little-known Yoda quotes, please).
  • Contain redundant links (e.g. We want you! …to join Wikipedia., where the meaning is clear without the links).

Tip: avoid rarely used words that not everyone will understand. Remember, a lot of non-English speakers read Wikipedia.

Nomination procedure[edit]

To nominate a motto for review, simply add it at the top of the In review section using this format:

=== Example motto ===
Origin of the motto and your comments. ~~~~
*First comment goes here. ~~~~
*:Any replies get indented again. ~~~~

==== Edit 1 of Example motto ====
'''Edit 1'''. Reason for edit, what was changed, etc. ~~~~
  • Anyone can comment on a nomination. Simply type Support or Oppose ('''Support''' or '''Oppose'''), and, if possible, leave a reason. Remember to always sign your posts on discussion pages. However, it is generally frowned upon if you vote twice in one motto so please stick to one, although multiple comments are allowed.
    • Please do not support yourself.
  • Please note that this page uses the bulleted !voting style, the same as on Featured picture candidates (see below).
  • If you find a motto that is the same or similar to a previously nominated motto, please leave a comment on the new nomination that links to the old nomination, so that others will be able to compare the two.
  • Simple spelling mistakes or punctuation errors may be corrected without creating a new edit; just be sure to leave a comment explaining exactly what you have changed. If you have an idea that might improve a motto by rewording, changing the links, etc., nest a new heading (see the above example) under the motto.
  • After 14 days, it’s decision time—the motto should be moved to the top of the decision section. Anyone in the discussion is welcome to judge the consensus to either accept, reject, or reopen a motto. See below for the procedure on how to do this. Also please note that determining consensus should not be just based on counting votes.

Remember, new nominations for mottos go AT THE TOP of the In review section

Reusing a motto[edit]

Sometimes you may think of an idea and then find it has already been suggested a while ago. It is possible to reuse a motto that has been suggested in the past. However, there are some provisos:

  • If the motto has been declined in the past nomination, this means it can be reused at any time.
  • If the motto has been approved in the past nomination, so long as a year has passed since its nomination and it also has different links it can be reused.
  • If a motto has been nominated and approved many times in the past it should be added to WP:Motto of the day/Nominations/Frequently used ideas. These mottoes are generally frowned upon unless a long time has passed.

Please check the archives and search for your motto or variation to check its status before nominating

How to comment for nominations[edit]

  • Write Support, if you approve of the nomination. A reason is optional.
  • Write Oppose, followed by your reasoning, if you disapprove of the nomination. All objections should be accompanied by a specific rationale that, if addressed, would make you support the nomination.
  • You can weak support or weak oppose instead, so that your opinion will be weighed as half of a "full" opinion.
    • To change your opinion, strike it out (with <s>...</s>) rather than removing it.
  • If you think a nominated motto obviously fails the general criteria, write Speedy close followed by your reasons. Nominations may be closed early if this is the case.
Recommendations added early in the process may be disregarded if they do not address concerns and/or improvements that arise later in the debate. Reviewers are advised to monitor the progress of a nomination and update their votes accordingly.

Contents



Special nominations[edit]

This section is used to group holiday, anniversary, or otherwise special mottos that should be displayed on a specific day (if not add it to the "in review" page) Please keep in mind that Wikipedia is an international community, and that your event may not be celebrated in every part of the world. As such, it is very important that your motto remain neutral, so as to not offend anyone. Don't forget to specify the day your motto should appear on. But most of all, be creative! Try adding a motto about an event that not everyone knows about, or a motto that gives a common event an interesting twist.


Crawl up the Mountain
To reach where the Eagles fly
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast
A long shadow on the ground
[edit]

For August 17 (or 18 or 19) 2012 20** ~ Strummer of Love Festival. Quote from Joe and the Mescaleros' "Long Shadow": i've trimmed it a bit, but the full verse is right below. benzband (talk) 19:50, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Crawl up the Mountain
To reach where the Eagles fly
Sure you can glimpse from the mountaintop
Where the soul of the muse might rise.
And if you put it all together
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast
A Long Shadow On the Ground

If you blame someone else, you don't learn nothing, cause hey, it's not your fault, it's his fault, over there.[edit]

For August 21, 201*, Joe's birthday. The link is an extremely useful tool that every Wikipedian should keep close at hand when the editing gets hot —just click the image to flip the wheel. (note: suggest renominating at /In review if it is declined "in favor" of a different edit) benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

'What's the hurry?'[edit]

Edit 1 (note: see above note) benzband (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Support (all versions) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 14:55, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm not sure that the birthday of a musician is a good reason for a special motto of the day... Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:53, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Everybody has a story to tell.[edit]

For March 30 (Joe Strummer). benzband (talk) 14:41, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

My motto is…[edit]

Edit 1 (Joe again). benzband (talk) 12:36, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Weak Support - It's a little bland... Nutiketaiel (talk) 12:57, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Support (all versions, with a slight prefe—reve—rence for the original Edit 1, and then Edit 1 2) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 13:20, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
    • Wait, wait... I really think I missed the EIGHT point before, and I also agree with Nutiketaiel regarding the original edit 1. Go for the original (approved on 3 March 2015). My prefe—reve—rence now is: original version (approved on 3 March 2015) and then for edit 1 2. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:01, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
    • i feel the same way ^^ benzband (talk) 11:50, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
      • *about the re-verence. benzband (talk) 10:34, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Hello to the World[edit]

For November 21, 2012, known as Hello World Day. PS- This was the first ever Wikipedia edit. benzband (talk) 18:11, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

Hello World[edit]

Edit 1 for 2012-11-21 with WP:HELLO. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - Thankyou pjoef for finding a better solution. - benzband (talk) 20:34, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Not much of a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 04:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Hello World[edit]

Edit 2 for 2012-11-21 with WP:WC. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Support - Although HELLO is a nicer link than WC, the actual page behind this one is as good if not better. benzband (talk) 20:34, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Not much of a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 04:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support - I agree, Hi878, that the motto leaves something to be desired. However, for "Hello World Day," it seems oddly appropriate. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:12, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
[edit]

For Summer/Winter Solstice, June 22 | 23 or December 20 | 21.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), "BED IN SUMMER"

pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:25, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Support. I see the link is only a proposed guideline, but I still like it. Mr. Stradivarius 14:05, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Absolutely not. A link that could be used for every single holiday that we can think of is rather idiotic to use, in my opinion. Don't we want something a bit more creative? ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 05:00, 11 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - It's not applicable to every day; it's a specific reference to the solstice and the lengthening of days. I hadn't heard of this new proposal; it's a good awareness-raiser, I hope. Smaug123 (talk) 11:51, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
    I am talking about the link. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 00:04, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm not fond of the idea of linking to a proposed policy. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:15, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Let Winter come! Let polar spirits sweep the darkening world, and tempest-troubled deep! Though boundless snows the withered heath deform, and the dim sun scarce wanders through the storm.
Then came the jolly Sommer, being dight in a thin silken cassock coloured greene, that was unlyned all, to be more light: and on his head a girlond well beseene.
[edit]

For Summer/Winter (December) Solstice on 21|22 December (or Winter/Summer Solstice on 20|21 June). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:08, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Line 1 (Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere): The Pleasures of Hope (1799) by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
  • Line 2 (Summer Solstice for the southern hemisphere): The Faerie Queene, Book VII: "Two Cantos of Mutabilitie", Canto VII, Stanza XXIX (1590) by Edmund Spenser (1552–1599)
  • Oppose - The first half sounds more negative, but your links are positive. In addition, you use FAR in a spot that looks like it should have a positive link. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 01:58, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
    • How about the first half for winter and the second for summer? benzband (talk) 20:36, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
      • Yes it is (^___^). The first half is for winter and the second half is for summer. Don't forget that when it is summer in the northern hemisphere then it is winter in the southern hemisphere, and viceversa. That's the reason why I wrote two quotations. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:41, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm inclined to agree with Hi878 on this one. The linking does not seem appropriate. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:15, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

April Fools[edit]

What about this?[edit]

Edit 1 for April Fools' Day (^____^) –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:28, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Comment only one problem: it won't fit on 80% of all MOTD templates :) Kayau Voting IS evil 11:12, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
    • Update: Two, actually: my dictionary doesn't put the apostrophe-s after 'april'. Neither BrE nor AmE. Kayau Voting IS evil 11:14, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Strong support if it can be made so that it fits in a box (I'm experimenting with it). Smaug123 (talk) 21:08, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose this and all the April Fools mottoes listed. They're all pretty corny. I think we'd be better off just using a normal motto. Nutiketaiel (talk) 02:35, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Reply - what's wrong with having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day? Kayau Voting IS evil 10:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • First Preference If it can fit in all of the templates, then it is perfect. Hi878 (talk) 22:49, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
    • Oppose - I would prefer something that could be called a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 08:17, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Strong support - Great, in my opinion better than any of the other mottos! I hope it fits in a box! WVRMADTalkGuestbook 11:39, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Support if we can fit this onto a motto. BTW I fixed the grammatical mistake in this motto. MC10 (TCGBL) 05:14, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Edit 1b (see below)[edit]

 

<div class="NavFrame" style="border-style: none; padding: 0">
<div class="NavHead" style="background: transparent">[[Wikipedia:April fools|SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAY ONLY <br />Get 15% off the cost of your edits on Wikipedia, by clicking on "[show]" →]]</div>
<div class="NavContent" style="display: none; background: #ffffff; color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', Comicate, Cartoon, 'Happy Days', Neon, Blox, Impact, fantasy; font-size: 36px; text-align: center; margin-top: 1em; padding-top: 18px; padding-bottom: 24px; border: #ffd700 2px ridge; border-radius: 14px; -moz-border-radius: 14px; -webkit-border-radius: 14px; -webkit-border-radius: 14px">April F[[Image:smile.png]][[Image:smile.png]]ls!</div></div></div>

Edit 1 b for April Fools' Day ~ This should work. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 12:13, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

SPECIAL OFFER FOR TODAY ONLY
Get 15% off the cost of your edits on Wikipedia, by clicking on
this link
[edit]

If I instituted the page 'April 1st Offer' with text 'April's FSmile.pngSmile.pngl!'? Smaug123 (talk) 21:14, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose this and all the April Fools mottoes listed. They're all pretty corny. I think we'd be better off just using a normal motto. Nutiketaiel (talk) 02:35, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Reply - what's wrong with having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day? Kayau Voting IS evil 10:03, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Second Preference Only if the one above doesn't work. Hi878 (talk) 22:49, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
    • Oppose - I would prefer something that could be called a motto. ~~ Hi878 (Come shout at me!) 08:17, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - My second favourite after the one above. WVRMADTalkGuestbook 11:43, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Support - I like this one. ~NerdyScienceDude () 15:21, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Comment: It is not necessary to create a new page for it. We can use a section of an existing one. For example on the Participants page, and also asking users to join our project. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:40, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Stronger than the Strongest Oppose Ever Opposed! No, just no. Moving on...--Belugaboycup of tea? 12:18, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Support (as a second choice). I still prefer the one above. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 17:10, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, this seems good to me. Rehman 17:12, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, I think this will fit nicely for April Fools Day. We should create a new page that simply says "APRIL FOOLS!" and links to our project asking to contribute. BlowingTopHat (talk) 20:31, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Yes, support having a bit of fun on April Fool's Day this year, and this motto is suitably funny. It is a pity that the April Fool Motto could not be some sort of a surprise, but of course every one does know when it comes around, the date is a give-away. Ty NewbyG ( talk) 01:39, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Alex Jackl (talk) 21:38, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.[edit]

Edit 3: Samuel Palmer (1805-1881). benzband (talk) 15:19, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

I have great faith in foolsself-confidence my friends will call it.[edit]

Edit 4: Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia. Maybe WP:APRILFOOLS for the last link? benzband (talk) 15:19, 2 March 2013 (UTC)


In review[edit]

Note: If you are adding nominations for specific dates, holidays or other special reasons please add to the Specials section and NOT HERE.
Also, please check the archives in case the motto has been submitted and subsequently approved before. If this is the case try to think up another motto instead. Please check Wikipedia:Motto of the day/Nominations.
Otherwise feel free to add your suggestion, express your opinion on a nomination or create an edited version of a nomination by using these formats:

===[[wlink to the author/work or nearest article, if exists|→]] [[WP:MOTD|Motto]] with words/phrases linked to the [[WP:PRJ|Wikipedia namespace]].===
Origin of the motto and your comments. ~~~~

*'''Support''' your reason... (optional). ~~~~
*'''Oppose''' your reason.... ~~~~
*'''Weak support'''/'''oppose''' your reason.... ~~~~
*''Comment''/''Note'': your comment/note.... ~~~~
*'''Speedy close''' your reason.... ~~~~

====[[wlink to the author/work or nearest article, if exists|→]] [[WP:EDIT|Edited]] [[WP:MOTD|motto]].====
'''Edit n''' reason for edit, what was changed, etc.. ~~~~

Is she not passing fair?[edit]

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, Scene IV (1623). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:24, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

I didn't recognize you. You should lay off those candy bars...You're a mess, honey.[edit]

Touch of Evil (1958). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:17, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Non sum qualis eram
("I am not what I was")
[edit]

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65–8 BC), Carmina 4/1:3. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:11, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Never be it said
That Fate itself could awe the soul of Richard.
Hence, babbling dreams; you threaten here in vain;
Conscience, avaunt, Richard's himself again!
Hark! the shrill trumpet sounds. To horse! away!
My soul's in arms, and eager for the fray.
[edit]

Colley Cibber (1671–1757), Shakespeare's Richard III (Altered), Act V, Scene III.

No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times.[edit]

The Quiet Man (1952). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:57, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Non qui parum habet, set qui plus cupit, pauper est
("It is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is the pauper")
[edit]

Seneca the Younger, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, 2:6. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:27, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Non qui parum habet, set qui plus cupit, pauper est
("It is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is the pauper")
[edit]

Edit 1 with a different set of links. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:27, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

We must have bloody noses and cracked crowns,
And pass them current too. God's me, my horse!
[edit]

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Henry IV, Part 1 (1598), act 2, scene 3. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 08:07, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Frau Bleucher.[edit]

Young Frankenstein (1974). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:57, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Non possunt primi esse omnes omni in tempore
("Not everyone can occupy the first rank forever")
[edit]

Decimus Laberius (c. 105 – 43 BC). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:30, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Fight, gentlemen of England! fight, bold yeomen!
Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head!
Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood;
Amaze the welkin with your broken staves!
[edit]

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), Richard III, act V, scene VIII. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 07:16, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Did you ever reach a point in your life, where you say to yourself: 'This is the best I'm ever going to look, the best I'm ever going to feel, the best I'm ever going to do', and it ain't that great?[edit]

City Slickers (1991). –pjoef (talkcontribs) 06:58, 5 May 2015 (UTC)