@Retartist: Featured status is a fair jump from where theses article are now, would you consider offering a reward to promote either article to GA? Perhaps a barn star? Freikorp (talk) 00:01, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Reward: A barnstar for the editor who performs each edit. If at least two of these are completed in one week (by the end of 4 March 2015, UTC), I will make a donation of $20 (or $30, if all three are completed) to the Wikimedia Foundation. I would like to do that on behalf of the editors who improve the template; if anyone knows of a way to explicitly donate on someone's behalf, please let me know.
Request: While the author Kurt Vonnegut has a very iconic appearance, there are apparently no free images of him besides a photo taken during his military service, which is currently in the article. While we are able to use non-free images "where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information", I'm not sure if we are prevented from doing so by the existence of the army photo. Regardless, it would be a great solution if someone could find a free photo taken of him with his iconic appearance. He's spoken at numerous public events, so I think it may be likely that one exists somewhere.
@Yaksar:Would this image work out? It doesn't have him with wavy hair but he is rocking his mustache. GamerPro64 02:42, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
It would definitely be better! It does not, however, seem to meet the copyright requirements for us to use here. Are you the owner of the photo by any chance?--Yaksar(let's chat) 04:35, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
I am not. I looked up Kurt Vonnegut on Flickr in hopes that there would be a replacement for it there. I thought that it being on Flickr would allow us to upload it here. GamerPro64 18:21, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Darn. That is disappointing. GamerPro64 18:46, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Pinging the ever amazing and startling We hope. The force is strong with this one. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 09:05, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Let me start looking--many times photos of authors were sent out for their new books, for interviews and other appearances. We may be able to work from that angle. We hope (talk) 15:42, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Request: Frederick Edward-Collins, at present a stub, get to start-class. There are multiple references at the bottom of the article in hidden text to make the task easier.
Reward: The stub barnstar and a topical barnstar
Limit on rewards: Two barnstars per person (collaborating is encouraged)
@Matty.007: It was harder than I expected, but i've managed to improve this article to start class. I used three of your hidden references, and found an additional four which I added to the article. Freikorp (talk) 11:26, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
As part of a Steam pre-orders for Bioshock Infinite and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, I have two free copies of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a top notch turn-based strategy game. Because I already owned a copy, I am free to gift these two to anyone with a steam account. That anyone can be you. Below is a list of some of my favorite games. They are divided into two sections based on their quality assessment at the beginning of 2014.
I will give one copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown to the first user that either...
...brings any article from either section to FA status or...
...brings any two articles from Section B to GA status...
...and then leaves me a message on my talk page alerting me to the achievement.
If you have claimed one of the two copies, and bring any additional article on the list (from either section) up to GA status, I will also send you the Slingshot and Elite Soldier Pack DLCs. You don't have to claim the DLCs at the same time as the game.
This competition will expire on 31 December 2014 (at which point I will likely reboot it with additional stuff thrown in, like I did when it wasn't claimed in 2013).
You must leave me a message on my user talk page in order to claim the prize.
Disclaimers: While I have two copies, I will give only one copy per FA/two GAs, so if you're going to work with someone else, you need to decide ahead of time who gets the game. I can only deliver the game via Steam. I haven't read the terms of service closely enough to know if this transaction is a violation of them, but they didn't complain the last time. If for any reason I lose the ability to gift the game, I am under no obligation to replace it; the competition is simply canceled. I reserve the right to add more games to the above list.
Request: Currently, Wikipedia has no article about the Stanton Foundation, the over $200-million offspring of the Ruth and Frank Stanton Fund. Please create a suitable "Start" article about the foundation.
Reward: $5 for an appropriate 3- to 5-sentence lede, plus $3 per reliably-sourced sentence of follow-up detail regarding this topic, up to $21.
Limit on rewards: Multiple recipients are eligible, but maximum payout will be $26. No rewards will be paid if the article is deleted or merged to Frank Stanton (executive) within 30 days of its creation.
Expired: July 4, 2014
I would move this request to "Expired requests" since it expired yesterday, but it appears that it was fulfilled. I emailed Stanton By Your Man on how he was going to carry out the reward but I did not get a response from him. I'm not sure what to do. GamerPro64 05:41, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to quickly point out that my e-mail inbox lacks any notification of being contacted by you, GamerPro64; but regardless, I appreciate this reminder that the offer has expired. By my reckoning, User:Eddymason is entitled to $5 for starting an appropriate 3- to 5-sentence lede, plus $9 for three additional reliably-sourced sentences of follow-up detail. I then calculate that User:The Devil's Advocate is entitled to $12 for adding approximately four additional sentences, although it is a little difficult to determine exactly because of much over-writing of Eddymason's content. This would sum to $26, which was the maximum payout. I will also note that User:Geraldshields11 added a heavy dose of incorrect information, attributing the Stanton Foundation (tax EIN number 133598005) to a doppelganger namesake in Jackson, Michigan, which has nothing to do with the Ruth and Frank Stanton body. If it is not too much trouble, I would ask that this notice (which I've now marked "Expired") stay in place until payments can be authenticated. - Stanton By Your Man (talk) 12:23, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
I believe I actually added more like eight sentences. Six in the activities section and two in the history section.--The Devil's Advocatetlk.cntrb. 15:53, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
"...with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:
a statement on your user page,
a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions."
Request: Currently, Wikipedia's biography of Mr. Stanton contains no mention of his involvement in setting up anti-Communist surveillance at CBS in the early 1950's and the quiet blacklisting of certain actors and directors. It is a blemish on his record that he later (softly) regretted, or explained that he felt forced to do in order to keep CBS advertisers happy. It's an important enough event that it belongs (fully and reliably documented) in his Wikipedia biography.
Reward: $3 per reliably-sourced sentence regarding this topic, up to $15.
Limit on rewards: Multiple recipients are eligible, but maximum payout will be $15.
Expires: July 4, 2014
Note: it appears that User:Scortato has fulfilled this Reward Board request, and so payment of $15 will be processed soon for Scortato. - Stanton By Your Man (talk) 03:32, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
Request: Verify or add coordinates for one or more of the following articles, which I have found while migrating infoboxes. Further improvements may give bonus points. Once you edit an article, post a diff link to your edit(s), (or if no edit is needed, sign a short note,) after the article in the list below for review. Articles will be crossed out after I give the reward(s).
Reward: Depending on the estimated difficulty, I will post a thank you, barnstar, or other surprise on your talk page. I may or may not offer choice of award.
Limit on rewards: I have no set limit per article. I may add more articles to the list.
Expires: 2 March 2014, or when all articles in the list are claimed, whichever comes first. (I may extend the date if I add more articles.)
Update: User:Chris troutman claimed the award for the entire original list, and I added a few more. Happy editing! —PC-XT+ 10:26, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
Update: User:Green Giant claimed the award for the second batch of articles, improving Mayong (Assam) for a bonus barnstar! I may add more articles, soon, as I migrate... —PC-XT+ 02:00, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Offeror: SB Johnny on behalf of The Wikipediocracy Fund
Date offered: 15 April 2013
Request: English Wikipedia now has a new List article about the various Wikipedia controversies that have taken place over the years. The List is organized chronologically, by the date when the controversy either happened or became notably covered in reliable sources. We wish to see the List expanded with additional bullet points, where each bullet point is an independent event, and the editor must write at least 50 words about the event, and properly reference at least one credible, reliable source to verify the event and demonstrate its notability. Candidates for this prize will be registered Wikipedia user accounts whose entries are submitted under just one account (no use of multiple accounts). The judges will disqualify any added bullet points that fail to meet the 50-word minimum, or that insufficiently document the content with legitimate reliable sourcing. The judges will also disqualify any user who attempts to "game" the challenge (such as: duplicating entries on the same controversy; deleting the work of others and trying to re-add it as his/her own; plagiarizing other sources; etc.). Note that some Wikipedia articles already have a "Wikipedia controversy" section. Adding these to the new List are fair game, but the edit summary must clearly indicate that the content was based on material already in Wikipedia, not newly-generated content. Also, if you enter copied material that was covered only in a non-English Wikipedia, your edit summary must clearly indicate that your content was based on material translated from another Wikipedia, not newly-generated content.
Reward: Every qualifying contributor to the List will receive a coveted Internet Barnstar. The contributor adding the second-most qualifying bullet points will receive $75 (USD) from The Wikipediocracy Fund. The contributor who adds the most qualifying bullet points will receive $150 (USD) from The Wikipediocracy Fund, along with the Oddball Barnstar. Cash awards may be received via check or PayPal (to recipients who are willing to disclose their identity to Wikipediocracy judges), or the awards may be donated to a non-profit humanitarian charity of choice.
Limit on rewards: No limit on Internet Barnstars. Limit of two (2) cash awards.
Expires: 31 May 2013. Judges will issue all the awards before 15 June 2013.
As part of a Steam pre-order deal for XCOM: Enemy Unknown I have just received a free copy of Civilization V, a top notch turn-based strategy game. Because I already owned a copy, I am free to gift the new one to anyone with a steam account. That anyone can be you.
Below is a list of some of my favorite games that are of C class or below. I will give my copy of Civilization V to the first user that brings any of the following articles to FA status:
If none of the articles above have made it to at least the stage of a good faith Featured article candidates run by the end of the year, I will expand the list to include some of my favorites that are ranked B or above:
If none of the articles from the first section make it to the stage of a good faith Featured article candidates run by the end of the year, but one of articles from the second was promoted before the end of the year, the nominator will instantly become eligible to claim my copy of Civilization V. If no game on either of the two lists makes it to FA status by April 6, 2013 (six months from the start of this competition) I will give my copy of Civilization V to the first user that brings any role playing or strategy game to FA status.
You must leave me a message on my user talk page in order to claim the prize.
Disclaimers: I only have one copy, so if you're going to work with someone else, you need to decide ahead of time who gets the game. I can only deliver the game via Steam. By receiving the game, you agree to never disclose any information that Steam transmits along with the game. I haven't read the terms of service closely enough to know if this transaction is a violation of them. If for any reason I lose the ability to gift the game, I am under no obligation to replace it; the competition is simply canceled. I reserve the right to add more games to the above lists.
P.S. I am aware that some people will dislike this because it gets too close to "paid editing". I have no affiliation with anyone involved in any of these games. The selection was (essentially) completely arbitrary. The idea itself came about only because I had the game through the pre-order. If it were a different game that I recieved, I would be offering a different game. Please don't bombard my talk page if you think this is a bad idea; simply choose not to participate.
Reward:1-3 gets an Original Barnstar, 4-7 the Working Wikipedian,8-10 the Helping Hand, 11-13 the Barnstar of Dilligence,14-15 the Tireless Contributor. Anything higher, well, that's something special arranged on later.
Limit on rewards: No limit, though there are limited editors currently on review. Comment on my talkpage for further details
Expires: 5 October 2012 or when the backlog is less than a month old. Whatever comes first.
If you're done, then I"ll go ahead and award. Buggie111 (talk) 00:34, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
I was going to review on a daily pattern, but if you give one for each reviewer's total efforts, then I'd rather the award waited till I'd done my full part. :) Wilhelmina Will (talk) 00:41, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Request: Improve the Wikipedia page for La Silla Observatory adding additional relevant information so as to have the usual structure of an article, including citations for verification, adding images to illustrate the text and improving the gallery (there is an ESO gallery on Wikipedia from where images can be included; another source could be the ESO website: Images/La Silla)
Reward: Eyes on the Skies DVD and book, ESO posters, 2011 calendar, pins and cap (all can be seen on the ESOshop)
Limit on rewards: Top three contributors will each get the award above.
Expires: Deadline extended to 23:59, 31 March 2011 (CET)
Request:There is a recent peer review: . The main obstacle to GA status, I suspect, is that the citations are a mix of the simple "ref" format, and some other fancier templates. There are about 100 citations, so this isn't something I can (or want) to fix myself. Help needed!
Reward: Dunno. I've never done this before. A barnstar? Propose an article for deletion and I'll vote your way ! (Just kidding.) A peer review. Make an offer (not money). Whatever happened to good deeds being their own reward? Let's get the article to GA status.
Request: You must make at least 20 constructive edits to the article Silver Reef. You are not limited to 20 edits, however. The point is just to make Silver Reef a better article.
Reward: If you make 20 constructive edits, you will get the editor's barnstar. If you make 50 constructive edits, you will get the tireless contributor's barnstar.
Limit on rewards: Two awards per person.
Expires: December 31, 2010
I have made 22 constructive edits; I tidied most of the paragraphs throughout the article as best as I understood to, and I also left banners at the top of the page, citing the largest problems I could see. Wilhelmina Will (talk) 03:53, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
Request: I'm busy patrolling Recent Changes, and may or may not notice vandalism on my user page quickly. What I want is for anybody that has rollback rights or uses Twinkle to revert any vandalism you find on my user page. Any edit that is made by an IP address, even if it appears constructive, is vandalism, because I always make sure I'm logged in before I do anything with my user page. Also any edit from a new user that isn't a vandalism revert is probably vandalism, too.
Reward: I am prepared to offer an anti-vandalism barnstar to anyone who reverts vandalism on my user page. If you revert more than three vandal edits on my user page you will get the user page shield barnstar.
Request: I'm looking for a link for the Cello (web browser). It states in Network World (October 27,1997) , that an interview was conducted with the creator of Cello for nwfusion.com . It gives the DocFinder id as 4421. I however, cannot find this interview. The interview should be online and accessible via wayback machine or via subscription, but I can't seem to find the link...I'd be grateful to anyone who could.
Request: Wikipedia:VANDALSIM#Types_of_vandalism lists over 20 types of vandalism edits. The task is to find 4 examples of 4 different types of vandalism listed in this table in wikipedia. Once found those disruptive edits should be reverted and the disrupting user should be warned. An example of succesfully completing this challenge would be reverting 4 incidences of blanking, 4 incidences of spam, 4 incidences of userspace vandalism, and 4 incidences of silly vandalism. Any configuration is acceptable so long as the incidences are examples from the table on WP:Vandalism. Once you've completed the task please notify me with the appropriate diffs (or post any questions here); O4E Challenges. In addition to spice the challenge and in the spirit of collaboration, you may collaborate with another user to revert vandalism (someone with little previous anti-vandalsim background) and present a combined application (same requirements 4 x 4 incidences for a total of 16 vandalism reversions in the combined application), an additional Defender of the Wiki star will be presented to both you and the new user for this feat providing you combined meet the challenge. As a side note, the collaboration should be mostly equal in terms of edit count for the challenge Queries/ problems bugs please message me thanks.
Reward: Anti-vandalsim Barnstar for independent hunting, Defender of the wiki for collaborative effort
Limit on rewards: 1 per person
Expires: March 2011 (or until 4 people/groups have completed the competition)
Request: Read Wikipedia:Vandalism. Under the types of vandalism heading there is a list of catageories. The task is to find an example of ten types of vandalism and undo them (if possible*). Make sure after you undo the edit to warn the doer. If you can find an example of at least 10 different types and revert them (there are 21 different types) then i will award you with a barnstar. To claim the award provide the relevant Diff`s at User:Ottawa4ever/rewards or ask any questions or clarifications there. If you find an example of 21 types and revert those, I will offer an additional barnstar as a reward for your hard work. This is valid for edits after June 15th 2009, Using pop ups is allowed. *some types of vandalism may require the use of admin assistance, by bringing them to the attention of an admin this will count in the tally. Challenge is open to both non-admins and admins.
Request: Find sneaky vandalism that has been present in an article for over one year. Sneaky vandilism is described in more detail on Wikipedia:Vandalism. I wil give a barnstar after you notify me here; User:Ottawa4ever/rewards with the proper 'diff' and describe why and proove the edit was sneaky vandalism. Be sure to fix or revert the information so that the article is accurate afterwards.
Request: Informative and engaging articles (with at least 3 independent reference sources) about the Bob Welch songs, Sentimental Lady and Hypnotized
Reward: $15 for each song article, or $35 total (a $5 bonus!) if both done by same editor before September 14, 2009
Limit on rewards: Wikipedia administrators are not eligible. Two editors at most will be paid, one for each song. In the case of multiple collaborators, I will choose the one who had primary influence on the article. If recipient wishes for the money to be donated to a charity, it must not be the Wikimedia Foundation or any "free culture" organization. Payment will be a mailed commercial check, drawn on a U.S. bank.
Expires: October 1, 2009.
I've expanded Sentimental Lady from a redirect into start class article due for a DYK... I'll look into Hypnotized now... Himalayan 19:59, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Himalayan did a very nice job on getting these articles started, and he has been paid in full. Someone who knows the process of archiving these requests may do their magic now. -- Thekohser 13:27, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
Request: In the period of May 15 to July 15th fight vandalism without using any automatic assisted programs or scripts (ie. such as twinkle or huggle) to help. If you manage to this and revert 100 cases of vandalism using 'old school' methods, and warn the users properly (without scripts and programs). I will give you a barnstar after you notify me and you completed this challenge here; User:Ottawa4ever/rewards .
Request: Bring culture of Lithuania to anything decent. It does not have to FA, GA, or close to that. If the article is decently covering major aspects and does not require any more maintenance templates, I will be happy. Think of it as C-class article with in-line footnotes. Any questions, as on my talk.
Limits on reward: In order to get the reward, a person needs to both: (1) be the first to claim the month on User:Remember/Contributions/Reward Board in which the article is promoted to FA status and (2) have contributed during that month to the promotion of the article to FA status. Thus, if user:Joe Smith was the first to put his name under August 2007 on the User:Remember/Contributions/Reward Board wikipedia page, and Joe Smith helped get the article to FA status during that month, then he would receive $20. A editor can only claim a month once.
Request: Clean up my Main Page (organize userboxes and put them in a Show/Hide box, etc.), and clean up my talk page so there is a directory for my Archived talk, and any messages I want to put there for posters*
Reward: An appropriate barnstar and credit on my pages
Expires:When request is complete.
lets out breath* done... wanting barnstar... *falls over* ;) --Pupster21Talk To Me 16:32, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
Update: Main page is clean, and barnstar is awarded to Pupster21; I am still looking for someone to organize my talk! Barnstar will be awarded for this as well. Quatreryukami 02:12, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
Limit on rewards: 1 reward available, can be split if requested.
Notes: For the $10 reward, the article must be of acceptable writing quality, at least 400 words (not counting lists, templates, refereces, or external links), and include at least two references. For the $20 reward, the article must be well written, at least 800 words (not counting lists, templates, refereces, or external links), and include at least three references. Reward payable via PayPal only. Can be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation if requested.
Request: Create from scratch a biographical article longer than a stub about any individual "red link" pre-war African American rural acoustic blues, jug band, gospel, or songster musician -- or any collective "red link" pre-war African American acoustic hokum, jug band, string band, or gospel group -- and contact me once it is done. Extra rewards paid for articles with photos (but not for photos alone), and extra rewards paid for articles with valid external links to discographies and caches of lyrics (see sliding scale).
Reward: Text: $15.00 (US currency) per text article (base rate). Image: Add $5.00 (US currency) if a photo is included (only one photo per page will be paid for, and it must feature the artist -- album covers with generic photos or painted artwork do not count). External Links: Add $1.00 (US currency) per external link to a discography, add $1.00 (US currency) per external link to a lyrics cache. No bonus paid for external links to other biographies, although they may, of course, be cited. Total possible reward per page: $22.00 (US currency).
Request: The footnotes of the article Antikythera mechanism are all stuffed up. Someone needs to go through & place in the right footnote formatting throughout the article. If you can, there'll be a barnstar waiting for you at the end...
Reward: The Image:Barnstar-minor.png (Minor barnstar). You don't see these very often (who really wants a small wee barnstar really apart from you, the bounty hunter?) & like I said, it will be well worth it at the end...
Limit on rewards: Must be the correct formatting.
Other notes: After you have completed the task, say you've completed it on my talk page & I'll inspect it. If it's okay, you shall recieve your reward in abundance!
Request: Wikipedia:Editor review is backlogged and desperately needs reviewers. If you've ever been ignored in your life I'm sure you know how it feels.. not very nice. Every editor deserves at least a few positive words on their progress or constructive criticism if they request it. Therefore I will offer a barnstar (maybe two depending on how good the reviews are) to anyone who provides at least 3 editors with reviews. But they MUST be good quality reviews, each tailored to the specific individual and not just generic boilerplates for every editor.
Reward: A special barnstar
Limit on rewards: Since I won't always be monitoring the page, I'll limit it to 5 different people that each give 3 reviews, they'll all get barnstars, and that's 15 editors reviewed so I'm happy with that. If anyone gives more than 3 reviews then I will give them more barnstars if that's what they want :) The point is, we want these editors to feel important and encouraged.