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WikiMoney is a mutual credit system introduced to Wikipedia in May 2003 by User:AxelBoldt. It was never especially popular and fell into nearly complete disuse by September 2004. While Wikipedians are still welcome to participate, they must do so with the realization that WikiMoney is rarely used.

The stated purpose of WikiMoney is to create an "economy of incentives" for working on Wikipedia-related tasks. Some see WikiMoney as a quantification of WikiLove — as an act of friendship between contributors. Others see it in a more pragmatic sense, as an efficient system to prioritize tasks and direct the community towards effective contributions.

The system works as follows: every long-term contributor (active for longer than 1 month and having made more than 200 edits) who wishes to participate gets an initial grant of 20 units of WikiMoney (also known as Wikis and written like this: ψ45 for 45 Wikis). This WikiMoney can be offered to other Wikipedians in exchange for various services. The WikiMoney accounts of all Wikipedians are maintained in the WikiBank on this page; WikiMoney is transferred by simply editing the account balances in the WikiBank.

However, not only veteran contributors are allowed to earn WikiMoney; anyone can join. If you are new or too busy to become a "long-term contributor" (according to the definition above) you can earn your initial credits by accepting offers (listed below). Note, however, that Wikipedians usually have high standards for the writing of articles, so make sure you are familiar with the policies and guidelines, especially the requirement for NPOV.

Why should you try to earn WikiMoney? Because you can spend it on tasks that are near and dear to your heart (but please do not use it to push your point of view in edit disputes, or to bribe people when voting). The concept is similar to the idea behind timebanks and LETS systems, where volunteers earn "time credits" or local currency for helping their local community. Our system is more flexible: It allows you to define how valuable the tasks are to you, and you can join up with others to "fund" a specific activity.

Please remember that WikiMoney is not "real" money! At the present time relatively few Wikipedians are using this page regularly, so don't take it too seriously. (If you are serious about Money and Wikipedia, please consider making a donation to Wikipedia.)



If you have worked on Wikipedia under your current user name for longer than 1 month and have made more than 200 edits, you can add yourself to the account list, with an initial balance of 20 units.

To transfer money from your account into somebody else's, edit the two account balances accordingly. Never deduct money from someone else's account without their express permission.


You can offer to pay WikiMoney for various services, or you can offer to perform services for a specified amount of WikiMoney. Examples include:

  • offer WikiMoney for the creation/improvement of a specific article
  • offer WikiMoney to anyone who finds a factual mistake in a specific set of articles
  • offer WikiMoney for a specific laborious task, such as a voluminous renaming, spell checking, modification of the format of date pages, list of biographies etc. -- or conversely, offer to perform such a task for a specified amount of WikiMoney
  • offer WikiMoney to the developers for implementing a specific feature/fixing a specific software bug
  • in principle, WikiMoney transfers aren't even limited to goods/services related to Wikipedia

Please remember that the currency is not divisible: only whole numbers are possible.

Note that if you see an interesting offer below, you can of course add to the offer by inserting a comment to this effect. Please remember to sign any offer you make with the date and time (shortcut: ~~~~).

If an offer has been completed and paid, you may want to move it into the "fulfilled requests" section below.

New articles[edit]

  • ψ3 for any article on a Viceroy or Governor-General of India, or on a Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. This includes de-stubbification. john 07:33, 20 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ5 for any half-decent article on the bombe, the machinery used for breaking the Enigma ciphers in World War II (we already have a photo of a replica...) — Matt 17:48, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ3 for any longer than stub article on an American labor union (past or present) or figure in the labor movement. See List of trade unions#United States. Radicalsubversiv 22:40, 13 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ3 for longer than stub article on Postal savings - Kent Wang 19:02, 24 Mar 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ5 for a solid, well linked account of Mexico's Billionaires' Banquet (from Talk:Main Page).
  • ψ5 for adding any complete list of MPs to the links off List of Parliaments of the United Kingdom. Secretlondon
    • And underwritten by me in case she runs out. Morwen 18:42, Jan 17, 2004 (UTC)
    • And I James F. (talk) 16:41, 25 Jan 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for every biography (at least 100 words) of a major league baseball player (past or present). (Add to List of major league baseball players and remove from Wikipedia:Requested articles/sports.) -- Matty j 04:33, Jan 2, 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ4 for an article on South African poetry similar in depth to the one on Irish poetry Greenman 8 Dec 2003
  • ψ5 to anyone starting a wiki in another South African language Greenman 31 Oct 2003
    • + ψ3 from me snoyes 22:06, 8 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ2 to anyone who made a decent article for Korean proverbs. -- Taku
  • ψ3 to the first person to write a species account for a wood warbler jimfbleak
  • ψ5 to whoever writes a decent article about the historical background and military campaigns which caused the nursery rhyme "The Grand Old Duke of York" -- SGBailey 2003-11-15
  • ψ2 each (ψ4 total) for articles about the war games Advanced Squad Leader and France 1940. The lack of descriptions of war simulation games is the biggest hole in our article on board games. If you write any of these articles, help yourself to the wikis in case I'm offline. --Fritzlein 15:02 18 Jun 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for whoever writes two articles on mancala variants, one on Oware and one on Awari. If you write only one article, you get 950 rin. --User:Juuitchan 2003-06-23 07:33 UTC
    • I think I might have just done this, without realizing there was a prize out. Of course, it's not clear these words really should refer to different variants. I'll redirect the ψ2 to whoever can force more consistent naming of mancala variants on the world at large. Kevin Saff 02:37, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)
    • Yeah, on further research I'm convinced Oware and Awari (and Wari, Warri, etc.) most properly refer to the same game. What I had at Awari, I've moved to Kalah which seems like the best place for now. Kevin Saff 04:15, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for anyone who writes an article in Hebrew. User:zmaz299
  • ψ3 for an article on Reed Waller, the author of Omaha the Cat Dancer; another ψ2 for anyone who can add relevant biographical information on Joshua Quagmire. - Scooter 19:21, 16 Nov 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ3 for an article on the new BBC TV series 'Space Race'. Thelb4! | Talk to me 19:39, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ10 for a good (at least 30 lines) article on Braid-based cryptography. See braid group. Gene.arboit 21:35, 1 December 2005 (UTC)


-- 15:40, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

  • ψ3 for adding appropriate details about the non-Governor-General careers of various Governors General of Canada and Australia. I'm particularly thinking of those who also served in the rather more exciting posts of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland or Viceroy of India. john 07:21, 20 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for each two properly documented and reasonably famous additions to the List of utilitarians. Sir Paul 04:58, Feb 16, 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ4 for completing the blank sections of Pre-historic art with at least two paragraphs of solid information. --Alex S 03:41, 31 Oct 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ10 for anyone who replaces all the low quality flags and/or coats of arms on Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon with better versions.Vancouverguy 17:33, 21 Sep 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ5 for finishing the "Todo"s and "Add details"s in Combinatory logic. -- Timwi 18:13 24 Jun 2003 (UTC)
    • Another ψ5 for the same -- Dominus 03:30, 11 Aug 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ10 to any group/individual who adds birth and death years as well as one-line descriptions to all the people in the alphabetical biographical listing. AxelBoldt 23:16 May 10, 2003 (UTC)
    • That's a lot of work. How about $5/letter of alphabet. And I don't agree with making a one-line description. I like the current 1-2 word description. The birth/death years would be useful, though. LittleDan
    • I just did the K's. That should be worth a couple of WikiDimes MK 20:18, 28 Feb 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ10 for expanding any of the articles below to at least twice their current size, based on solid research: --Eloquence 23:45 May 10, 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ1 to anyone who adds a list of critical points for each matter in Critical temperature article. -- Taku
    • Added table with the values available in my copy of the CRC.Gentgeen 11:35, 5 Nov 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ10 for anyone who wants to help me develop the individual Paralympics pages. - fonzy
  • ψ10 for a good section explaining protocol version 2.0 of SAML (cryptography). Gene.arboit 17:43, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for incorporating (in a larger-than-stub entry) [1] into Amphetamine. Kingturtle 19:15 17 May 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for posting a translation of the List of Roman Emperors page, & the same amount for each Emperor biography to the Latin Wikipedia. llywrch 23:08 17 May 2003 (UTC)
    • Someone who is more fluent in Latin than I may want to check it, but Imperatores Romani is done. Adam Bishop 13:11, 15 Oct 2003 (UTC)
      • I'm not really concerned with earning WikiMoney, but just for fun I have attempted to translate Titus into Latin. Adam Bishop 15:01, 1 Nov 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for completing Genghis Khan with a description of his unification of the Mongolian tribes and his expeditions to Europe. AxelBoldt 19:47 22 May 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ5for adding a nice photo of interference between two point sources in a ripple tank I'm not good enough to draw the diagram and I don't have access to a digital camera. Theresa knott 10:31 4 Jun 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for anyone who will add decent explanation of the history and methods of either Suminagashi or Turkish Marbling in the marbling article.Theresa knott 15:17 6 Jun 2003 (UTC)
    Note marbling ==> paper marbling Jorge Stolfi 04:29, 12 Jun 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ3 to anyone who can add solid facts to any of the blank sections (or a new section) on Daniel Rutherford. Add a comment on my Talk page, and I'll transfer the credits. Ilyanep 21:49, 30 Jan 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for each of the first 7 Pokémon stubs that get enhanced to [[Wikipedia:WikiProject_Pok%E9dex#Minimum_standards|minimum standards]] (with complete infobox, but no image required). --Nikai 14:03, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for doubling the length of the Inkscape article. Bryce 07:29, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for adding a map image to the Gladstone, Oregon article. Bryce 07:29, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for adding a few historical photos to the Gladstone, Oregon article. Bryce 07:29, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for expanding the OSDL article to a couple pages in length Bryce 07:36, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for expanding the Green-washing article beyond a stub Bryce 18:51, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for expanding the Social reality article by a few paragraphs Bryce 18:51, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for adding a few examples to the Big Lie with explanations of how the lies were proven false Bryce 18:51, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for adding descriptions of the other two filter types to the Propaganda_model article Bryce 18:51, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ7 for making B-32 Dominator a featured article. Iñgólemo←• 03:48, 2004 Nov 11 (UTC)
  • ψ7 for organizing the information on each letter of the Aleph-Bet into an adequate table. E=MC^2 23:38, 3 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for destubifying the DexDrive and MaxDrive articles. --Wulf 04:15, September 10, 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for adding at least 2 paragraphs to the Datel article, and cleaning up what is already there. (or ψ3 for this and the DexDrive and MaxDrive articles...) --Wulf 04:15, September 10, 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for any person who leaves a message on my talk page saying they still use this page. User:Luigi30 (Ταλκ) 23:58, 20 July 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for doubling the length of the Callaway Golf article. --Wulf 06:05, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ2 for greatly expanding Myst IV: Revelation Thelb4! | Talk to me 19:52, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for the destubbification of the Honeysuckle Weeks article including a photo of her as Samantha Stewart in Foyle's War. --Wulf 19:45, 3 October 2005 (UTC)
    • An extra ψ1 if you complete this, and the below offer.
  • ψ1 for the destubbification of the Michael Kitchen article including a photo of him as DCI Foyle in Foyle's War. --Wulf 19:45, 3 October 2005 (UTC)


Copyediting / merging / wikification[edit]

  • Up to W$10 for help with my Wikipedia:WikiProject_Authors which needs editing, wfyation, and expanding.
  • ψ1 for merging the discussion of "female circumcision" in clitoral hood into the circumcision article. --Eloquence 23:25 May 10, 2003 (UTC)
  • Not sure this fits this category, but... ψ3 for anyone who corrects all the small periodic table pics that have the wrong color for lutetium and lawrencium. A further ψ4 for anyone who updates all pics to reflect the discovery of Uut and Uup. Eric119 02:11, Apr 25, 2004 (UTC)


I added a positive fact freestylefrappe 03:02, Jan 18, 2005 (UTC)

I added:
  • His graduate studies thesis, presented in 1971 by Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jean-Loup Vincent, is titled Le courant anarchiste en France depuis 1945 or "The anarchist movement in France since 1945".
  • [He was] the first French politician to present a candidate of muslim confession, Ahmed Djebbour, and to achieve his election.
  • [In the quotes:] We must tell the Algerians that it is not the case that they need France, but that France needs them. [...]
Gene.arboit 20:27, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

Software development[edit]

  • ψ20 to whoever lets me export deleted articles. anthony (see warning) 14:37, 20 Oct 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ10 to whoever writes and implements a Bot to give The Book of Mormon on Wikisource a next/prev navigation bar at the top and bottom of each page (not to replace chapter navigation boxes that are already there though, just to enhance them). Make sure to discuss it on the Scriptorium over there before use, of course. Note: this could be done by hand if you're desperate for Wikimoney and can't program, I don't care :) - biggins | talk 20:51, 24 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ19 to whoever adds an option to hide edits made by yourself in Special:Watchlist (bug 190), and give an indication of which edits were made after the last time you looked at Special:Watchlist. ··gracefool | 04:24, 19 Aug 2004 (UTC)
  • Another ψ5 for whoever gets Rambot to specially flag all the U.S. municipality articles, then makes it a preference whether to get those articles as random pages. - Woodrow, Emperor of the United States 03:57, 17 Apr 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ5 to whoever makes ~~~~~ write just the time and date. Think about apostrophes in boldness and italics... - Woodrow 03:32, 21 Mar 2004 (UTC)
    • Done by Timwi 03:42, 21 Mar 2004 (UTC)
    • Not done by Timwi. I'm willing to alter the requirements... - Woodrow 14:49, 21 Mar 2004 (UTC)
      • I don't understand. I implemented the feature as requested. – But then, I've stopped being interested in WikiMoney. :-p – Timwi 14:01, 9 October 2005 (UTC)
  • ψ6 for adding any of the following features to the Wikipedia software (leave me a message for details): --Eloquence 23:45 May 10, 2003 (UTC)
    • to edit tables in their own namespace. Tables should still be stored in the CUR table in the same row as the articles that use them, but if a table is preceded by [[Table:Title of table]], the table code is hidden when the page is edited, and can instead be edited on a separate page (by following a small edit link under the table), like the text of image pages.
      • combine this with m:Image pages for an extra ψ20 from me. Both of these systems should be able to use common markup to align the table or image to right / left / center. -- Tarquin 08:18 May 11, 2003 (UTC)
    • to propose an automatic merge in case of edit conflicts whenever possible, and only ask the user to verify this merge (using a diff).
    • to support external editors via a helper application written in a script language of your choice, and possibly changes to the Wikipedia software, as described in [2]. (External editor support gets another W4 from me. AxelBoldt 01:04 May 11, 2003 (UTC))
      • Another ψ3 from me if and only if it will NOT allow MS-y ";smart quotes", &#8217 single quotes, similarly encoded mdashes, etc. If anyone creates such an editing utility that does allow such atrocities, however, I shall demand a ψ3 fine for all the extra work that's going to make for me. John Owens 07:56 May 11, 2003 (UTC)
      • Same from me: extra ψ3 for killing duff characters. but a ψ15 fine if they're in-- Tarquin 08:18 May 11, 2003 (UTC)
      • Hey, do HTML editors count (like Mozilla's built-in composer)? My html2wikipedia tool converts HTML to Wikipedia wikitext. It also tries to fix up some of Microsoft's stupid characters (though not all), so the not smart quotes get translated - so you could even use Word as your offline editor (though I don't recommend it for that purpose). Take a look, if it meets your needs, feel free to say so and send Wikimoney my way! -- Dwheeler 04:31 24 May 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ1 for someone to make a feature so that ^e makes a € and ^l makes a pound sign. LittleDan
    • Can we alter the requirements for this one a bit? After all, "^e" is going to be used a bit in math articles, where it will mean "raised to the power of the logarithmic base", of course. Converting it to a € seems a poor choice to me. -- John Owens 05:18 May 12, 2003 (UTC)
      • Maybe &e. I don't think that's ever used. (the convention in math articles is to use <sup>''e''</sup> anyway.
        • Read any TeX <math> stuff lately? Sure, we could program in an exception for that... and then another, and another.... -- John Owens 09:53 May 13, 2003 (UTC)
      • I don't see why "^e" would be a problem. How likely is it that someone will want to use € in an equation? It could probably be set up so that "^e" is not recognized (as €) inside <math> anyway. --bdesham 02:01 3 Jun 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ1 to anyone who makes it so that things enclosed in ^^s (two ^ on either side) are superscript and things inclosed in __ (two underscores on either side) are subscript (comment about underlines deleted) LittleDan
    • See, the problem is that now I can outbid you because I can't see ANY reason to underline things in Wikipedia, and I think it should be avoided. This is why money is bad :( It's better that we discuss these things rather than just throw money around even if it is fictional. -- Tarquin 19:08 May 12, 2003 (UTC)
      • Well, I still think we need subscript and superscript. And we do discuss things. People wouldn't blindly make a feature just for money. Maybe there should be a Wikipedia:Requested features or something like that.
        • there is...
  • ψ10 for anyone who implements my "bookmarking for diffs" feature request -- RobLa 03:24 May 14, 2003 (UTC)
    • I don't like the added complexity of bookmarks. How about transparently storing the revision number in the watchlist when viewing the article? That way, you could have a diff to the "last seen" version. Alternatively there could be a diff to the "last edited" version, which would be the last one edited by the user.--Eloquence 03:59 May 14, 2003 (UTC)
      • The problem with the "last edited" would be that people might start doing spurious edits to simulate bookmarks. "Last seen" might work, but that seems like too much of a hair trigger. -- RobLa 05:39 May 15, 2003 (UTC)
  • ψ15 to ψ30 for anyone who implements m:SVG image support. ψ15 if it just allows some kind of autoconversion of svg images to pngs and url rewritting. ψ30 if it allows editing and diffing of the images as discussed in the article. I also promise to upload svgs for all the images that I have created from vector graphics when this feature is added. Jrincayc 02:15, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC) (and another W5–10 from bdesham 22:17, Dec 15, 2003 (UTC))
  • ψ10 to anyone who adds a feature to the Image: pages writing out the size of the image. — Sverdrup (talk) 12:48, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)
    • "View Image" in Mozilla (hint, hint) ;-) — Timwi 13:20, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)
      • Yep. I know very well that many browsers do this. But my browser doesn't, and I don't want to rely on my browser, I want this to be part of the Image: feature. — Sverdrup (talk) 14:38, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)
  • ψ10 to the person who changes the international page so that the link to the Belarussian Wikipedia is in the 1000-10000 article category where it belongs. Scott Gall 08:51, 5 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Miscellaneous Requests[edit]

  • ψ45,000 to anyone who nominates me for adminship, on the condition that I actually succeed in the process (that is, I become an admin as a result of the nomination). This means that you will need to do some research on my history and my contributions, so that you can make a meaningful nomination. Thanks. :-) Your one true god is David P. A. Hunter, esq. III Talk to me! 10:38, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

WikiLove, WikiMen and WikiFlowers[edit]

As suggested by KingTurtle, it is the end of spring, bees are still busy buzzing in gorgeous flowers. And men may be offered flowers to show appreciation.
Especially flower pictures, as it does not imply preventing the plant to reproduce (which is not very nice, right ?).

Hence, I will offer 1 wikilove to anyone who will offer one or several beautiful non-copyrighted flower pictures to a wikiman. Favor one man, you get 1 wikilove from me (perhaps, you will also get virtual wikilove from the man as well). Favor two men, you get 2 wikiloves. Favor 10, and you get 10 wikiloves. Right ?

Pictures have to be free of copyright of course, so they can be used for Wikipedia. Preferably, wikiflower pictures should illustrate a plant which either has no article on itself, or an article with no flower picture at all. But any wikiflower will be nevertheless warmly welcome.

For reference

  • Dear KQ gets 2 wikiloves for giving me the idea with 64 white pure flowers.
  • Dear MB gets 1 wikilove for offering me a lavender flower plant pict and putting it at lavender. Thanks a lot MB.
  • Dear MB gets 1 wikilove for offering User:Angela a trillium flower plant pict and putting it at trillium. Thanks a lot again MB. (The wiki is gonna be very very colorful !)
  • Dear User:Hephaestos gets 2 wikiloves for image:Pasdetout.jpeg. Double amount of love for a perfect timing.

See also m:WikiWomen m:Anthere

Tip: setexconsulting seems to offer a number of flower images for free User:TeunSpaans Also see pdphoto for free flower photos. TeunSpaans 08:12, 11 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Fulfilled requests[edit]

Here we record requests that have been completed and paid.