Wikipedia talk:Kindness Campaign

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Peace dove.gif
                          Thank you every member who is trying to make Wikipedia a better place.
                                   For ideas for cheering people up, ending arguments, 
                   spreading love; the list is endless. --RichardOwen97 (talk) 22:18, 5 January 2010 (UTC)
                                                  Kindness Campaign Member

I moved all the comments on the page to either:


evrik 16:41, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Any Ideas?[edit]

Our current logo is the Peace Dove (right).

Peace dove.gif

But some people do not liking the Peace Dove as much as others. If you have any ideas on a different logo please tell us on this section. We would like to take you ideas on board and give you our opinions. Or if you have any other ideas besides the logo, please tell. Regards, --RichardOwen97 (talk) 21:53, 5 January 2010 (UTC), Kindness Campaign member.

I kinda like the dove. -- œ 09:34, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

Well, I think that the dove should stay, because the dove is a peace sign, and it fits well with the Kindness Campaign. TheCatGod (talk) 03:05, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Project directory[edit]

Hello. The WikiProject Council has recently updated the Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Directory. This new directory includes a variety of categories and subcategories which will, with luck, potentially draw new members to the projects who are interested in those specific subjects. Please review the directory and make any changes to the entries for your project that you see fit. There is also a directory of portals, at User:B2T2/Portal, listing all the existing portals. Feel free to add any of them to the portals or comments section of your entries in the directory. The three columns regarding assessment, peer review, and collaboration are included in the directory for both the use of the projects themselves and for that of others. Having such departments will allow a project to more quickly and easily identify its most important articles and its articles in greatest need of improvement. If you have not already done so, please consider whether your project would benefit from having departments which deal in these matters. It is my hope that all the changes to the directory can be finished by the first of next month. Please feel free to make any changes you see fit to the entries for your project before then. If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. B2T2 13:55, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Also available: A list of all Wikipedia:WikiProject pages and A list of all Portal: pages if those help ya any. ~Kylu (u|t) 22:16, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Random Smiley Award Project[edit]

For the last two weeks, I've been doling out Random Smileys - a variation on the Random Acts of Kindness philosophy, except in the form of those yellow "Have A Nice Day" smileys. I've received many kind thanks and well-wishes, and was referred to this group by one editor.

If anyone is willing to help take part in the project, please go to User:Pedia-I/SmileyAward and scroll down to see the list of variant templates which you can place on User or User:Talk pages. In the works are several upcoming models, including a new Chocolate Chip Cookie Smiley - with chocolate chips forming the familiar face, this time on a cookie. This would work especially well for those who are allergic to the "Have A Nice Day" concept as a result of overexposure during the 1970s.

Thus far I've been doling them out to randomly-picked editors, usually by starting with one user and then picking one of the recent people who have edited that person's talk page, then repeating the process. Any other random or pseudorandom method would work.

If several volunteers each add 5 - 10 Smileys per day, before long Wikipedia will be teaming with the bright yellow faces. It will be a happier, sunnier place in which to work.

The template codes for the various current types of Smileys are as follows (pick one):

  • {{User:Pedia-I/SmileyAward1}}
  • {{User:Pedia-I/SmileyAward2}}
  • {{User:Pedia-I/SmileyAward3}}
  • {{User:Pedia-I/SmileyAward4}}

Heartfelt thanks to those who are willing to help out. Pedia-I 21:39, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

How to become a member?[edit]

How to become a member of the Kindness Campaign? Kkrystian 18:30 (UTC+1) 22 Dec 2006

Wikipedia Day Awards[edit]

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 18:52, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

  • I think that this is a good idea. If you are able to start it I would be happy to support it:) God bless you all :) --James, La gloria è a dio 22:30, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Kindness Campaign userboxes[edit]

I noticed that there currently exists a redundancy in the userboxes for the Kindness Campaign. Template:User KC and Template:User wikipedia/Kindness Campaign are nearly identical and both are in widespread use. Wikipedia: Kindness Campaign states that the official userbox is {{user KC}}, but {{user wikipedia/Kindness Campaign}} was created earlier. It would be very easy to integrate the code into a single template, but I'm not sure which to propose for deletion. Any thoughts? +A.Ou 05:58, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Yuser31415 has redirected Template:User wikipedia/Kindness Campaign to Template:User KC. +A.Ou 22:26, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia's triple crown[edit]

I've started a new set of user awards to thank editors for outstanding contributions to the project. See User:Durova/Triple crown winner's circle. In particular I hope Kindness Campaign volunteers spread word about the valiant return triple crown. For several months now I've had a standing offer to award the Resilient Barnstar to any editor who starts a new article that gets highlighted at Template:Did you know after receiving an arbitration sanction. I'm expanding that barnstar offer to include any editor who accomplishes that after making a legitimate return from a siteban and have devoted a special edition triple crown for editors who come back from the brink. DurovaCharge! 04:18, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

WikiAmbassador Award[edit]

When someone joins, many times spend long time until feeling comfortable or welcome. The Welcoming Committee is a good think and the patrollers also, however there are Wikipedians who distinguish themselves for their kind and helpful approach to newcomers transmitting a spirit of really wanting to help others and the Wikipedia Project, getting involved.

I know that there are many awards to give to who is kind and so, but I wonder if exists or can be created a nice looking, laureate looking award called Goodwill WikiAmbassador or Kindness WikiAmbassador or Welcoming WikiAmbassador (in that order of preference). Those individuals are who make others want to join and want to establish a kindness interrelation environment, they are the key to many good things inside Wikipedia as well and should be recognized as such. The title Ambassador will reflect a lot about what they are and what they do. I propose and introduce this but need someone for creating it because I lack the skills. Please let me know. Daoken 10:47, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

When the situation heats up[edit]

I wanted to propose these for eventual use:

When a person gets involved in an argument and doesn't know how to step down:

When you see an argument which is turning bad:

Daoken 19:30, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

  • Fine with me. --evrik (talk) 15:47, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
personally, I don't use templates except on trolls. I don;t even use form notes of my own, but write it out each time, and write it in such a way to make clear it's not a copy and paste. But the most effective phrase i know is simply, it's getting late, lets continue this tomorrow. Because he one thing that always works (if anything will) is to stop the cave-man feelings of always fighting back by simply waiting a day or two. Generally, in a day or two something equally urgent has come up and the discussion can be seen in more perspective. Another think I like to say is "let's compromise if we want to get anywhere" -- it's sort of a screening device--if the answer is no, it's time for some other line of approach. The best thing I know then is informal third opinion, just asking someone else to join. DGG (talk) 04:54, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Harlem Academy[edit]

This is a new user who I think needs some help. I believe it is a teacher and her students. They're asking me questions that I don't feel like I can answer. I placed a welcome tag on there page and recommended the adopt-a-user program. Can anyone extend a helping hand to this user?--Endless Dan 20:02, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Lightweight thanking mechanism in article histories[edit]

If you are interested in Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Lightweight thanking mechanism in article histories, please comment. Melchoir (talk) 20:43, 2 March 2008 (UTC)


I have come up with this template for apologising to some one. Aswell as a return handshake - to see it go through the link.

Nice, but some of the wording reads wrong, suggest correcting. BTW, I noticed someone got a plate of cookies for their welcome message. That's liable to make some folks jealous.  ;) --THE FOUNDERS INTENT TALK 19:36, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

I think this template just got messed up. :\ --THE FOUNDERS INTENT TALK 13:51, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Admin thanks[edit]

I just wanted some opinions on the below template I created for thanking admins. Pretty much all admins deserve this, but let's not get too carried away. The code is {{Admin thanks}}--RyRy5 (talk) 10:35, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia Administrator.svg Thank you, Kindness Campaign, for being a very trustworthy administrator. Have a great day! Regards, RyRy5 (talk) 10:36, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I'd Love To Spread Some Love[edit]

This sounds like such an excellent program. Why don't I see more of these templates?? All I ever see are caution signs. One editor pointed out to me that we don't handle nuclear material here. I would love to be a part of the Kindness Campaign. Will someone contact me to discuss it? Cheers. --digitalmischief (talk) 13:07, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

New headline thingy[edit]

I think we need something like the thing you put on vandals talk pages, but instead you put it on people's talk pages who need to calm down. I also made something to thank xeno, and people should do this sort of thing more often. It was this one.

Bathrobecabalicon.png I award you this funky thing as a sign of appreciation for helping me with all my

trivial questions, and hope that you continue to be as kind and friendly
as you have been because I may have some more pointless questions.

I just want to be a perfect wikipedian!


It took me five minutes and he thanked me back so I modyfied it and gave it to adolphus who also helped me get started. 'nuf said. --'The Ninjalemming' 19:10, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

For arguments[edit]

For people that had arguments, you could use the template I created, {{Peace dove}} as a way of saying sorry. Any comments? α§ʈάt̪íňέ-210 discovered elementswhat am I? 16:16, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Hey nice one -) 'The Ninjalemming'' 17:00, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
The wings come up faint on my computer. Maybe if you used black instead of gray? Yours, GeorgeLouis (talk) 05:22, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Boldface in userbox[edit]

I'm not sure why Kindness Campaign is boldfaced in the userbox nor how to get rid of it. In puzzlement, GeorgeLouis (talk) 05:21, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks to no one for responding. It very kind of no one. Yours, GeorgeLouis (talk) 23:36, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
Sorry about that George. Thanks for your fix. As you can tell, this isn't the most active section of Wikipedia. I'm hoping maybe we can correct that... Cheers! – ClockworkSoul 07:44, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

New Award:WikiLove Award[edit]

They say, at the wikipedia awards, that I could offer this award to the kindness campaign (which is why I went here). Would you like to take this? WikiLove Barnstar Proposal 1.png Thanks. All the best, Kayau (Talk to me! See what I've done! Sign my guestbook!) 09:35, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

Spoilsport Award[edit]

I have boldly created the {{The Spoilsport Award}} template:

Italian traffic signs - fine zona residenziale.svg The Spoilsport Award
Has been given to you for killing a perfectly good argument or WikiWar by introduction of the truth, the facts, sanity, or just plain common sense. Thank you for your act of WikiLove (whether you intended it to be one or not).

[a message could be added here]

Hope you like it. TransporterMan (talk) 05:15, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Not Holding a Grudge Award[edit]

I created an award (not as a template) after I had a short but heated edit war with someone, who then almost immediately started talking to me like we were best friend. He didn't hold a grudge for a second. I wanted to let him know that I noticed that. It got me thinking that I could make it a generalize "Not Holding a Grudge Award" so I was bold and created:

{{subst:Not Holding a Grudge Award|Optional message|~~~~}}

It appears as:

Barnstar Handshake.png Not Holding a Grudge Award
This Wikipedians was willing to shake hands and not hold a grudge at the end of a dispute or long-standing difference. Optional message

I have seen several cases of people having what should be a single edit war, coming to an agreed upon solution, only to get into an entirely new war about something else a few days later. They end up with a grudge against each other. So I thought that after someone gave and or received a “Peace Dove”, and they were able to come to reconciliation, this could be given in order avoid holding on to grudges. I hope you all like it.--ARTEST4ECHO talk 19:43, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

It's great :) I love it. Perfect example of WP:LETITGO and WP:WIN in action. -- œ 05:10, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

The Wikipedian Red Cross Barnstar[edit]

I have nominated {{The Wikipedian Red Cross Barnstar}} for deletion because I believe it violates the Red Cross's trademark and rights under the Geneva Conventions.

If I congratulate you on an insightful edit, I'm acting in my role as a Wikipedia editor. If I come to your what's left of your house at 3 AM because you need a hotel room, I'm acting in my role as a Red Cross volunteer. Both are good, but shouldn't be muddled together. Jc3s5h (talk) 23:08, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

Barnstar of Humility[edit]

"For those humble editors who can admit when they made a mistake, don't gloat about their successes, and support the meek."

Kinda in the same vein as the "Not Holding a Grudge Award" above. If someone wants to make this up I think it'll make a great addition to the list. Just wondering what image should go with it. -- œ 08:04, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

Updating award lists[edit]

Anybody mind if I add a few items to the barnstar lists? - Hydroxonium (talk) 10:35, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

No of course not, go ahead. -- œ 03:46, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you - Hydroxonium (TCV) 05:08, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

1 more[edit]

I would like to participate. I am also working on getting kindness on the meta side on strategy. I am familiar with WP:BITE. ~~EBE123~~ talkContribs 21:38, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Welcome aboard! :) -- œ 03:09, 6 August 2011 (UTC)


When one of your Kindness Campaigners is a complete and utter hypocritical asshole, where does one go to complain about that?
Varlaam (talk) 04:52, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, normally first you'd bring it up on that user's talk page, and see if perhaps the situation can be resolved maturely. There are steps to dispute resolution one can take if things escalate. I'm sorry to hear that someone associated with the Kindness Campaign has behaved that way. We don't screen our members, so unfortunately not everyone here practices what they preach. -- œ 03:08, 6 August 2011 (UTC)


Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png

We like kindness on Wikipedia! see project

 :) Benzband (talk) 12:52, 27 September 2011 (UTC)


We like kindness on Wikipedia! see project

 :) Benzband (talk) 19:37, 20 November 2011 (UTC)


Hi, are there any templates (or whatever, really) that can be used to restore kindness in a heated discussion? That is, as a third-party? Thankyou, benzband (talk) 19:55, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Peace dove.gif Hi Benzband! What about this picture combined with a friendly, personal text? Lova Falk talk 11:36, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
Awesome, thank you! I had actually forgotten all about this question… but i shall certainly use it when the need arises! SFriendly.svg benzband (talk) 13:39, 13 February 2013 (UTC)


The "spreading kindness" sections talks about third-opinion Wikipedians and has an external (or so it seems) link to the category of third-opinion Wikipedians but it is still on the English Wikipedia. I attempted to fix this with 2 brackets on either side,[[]], but the link showed up as: left bracket-external link-right bracket when I pressed the "show preview" button. It seems to be an obvious typo, but I can't fix it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drla8th! (talkcontribs) 23:17, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Fixed (see diff) benzband (talk) 10:18, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

WP:KIS label[edit]

Your WP:Keep It Simple label, {{User label WPKindness}} is in danger of being deleted. See (Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2013 February 6#Template:User_label.) If you still want it, you may wish to move it to project space, perhaps the redirect page Template:Label WPKindness by placing {{db-move|Template:User label WPKindness|[[Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2013 February 6#Template:User_label]]}} above the redirect. Also see {{user label}} for technical details. Feel free to review my planning page, User:PC-XT/KIS, and talk there if you have questions. PC-XT (talk) 00:37, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Still active?[edit]

It doesn't appear that much is going on around here. I'd like to try rejuvenating this project, perhaps by having a Wikipedia Kindness Day or something. Any takers? AutomaticStrikeout  ?  03:26, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

  1. Sounds like a great idea. Hmlarson (talk) 04:50, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
  2. User:Technical 13/+3 TheOriginalSoni (talk) 15:33, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
  3. 👍 Like Lova Falk talk 07:27, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
  4. Would have my full support –
     – Gareth Griffith-Jones |The Welsh Buzzard|— 09:10, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
  5. Excellent idea; go for it and I will be glad to help in any way I can. With kind regards; Patrick. ツ Pdebee. (talk) 22:40, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Shouldn't this be moved?[edit]

Since this is a wikiproject I believe it should be moved to WikiProject Kindness Campaign. XOttawahitech (talk) 03:15, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

RfC on a redirect used for hidden personal attacks[edit]

An RfC has been made regarding a redirect misused to attack editors without clear notice to them. Please feel free to participate. Nick Levinson (talk) 03:15, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

New userboxes for accessing 'Thanks logs'.[edit]

Hello everyone, Face-smile.svg

One simple way of demonstrating or acknowledging kindness is to express gratitude to helpful editors via the (thank) button. Every time a user does this, his/her 'Thanks log' is updated.

I have therefore created the following userboxes, which link to thanks given and received.

Code Result
Thank You.jpg This editor has given thanks to these Wikipedians. Crystal Clear app Community Help.png
Thank You.jpg This editor has been thanked by these Wikipedians. Crystal Clear app Community Help.png

Happy thanking! Face-wink.svg

With kind regards;
Patrick. ツ Pdebee. (talk) 01:45, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Proposed addition to "Avoiding personal attacks"[edit]

There is a proposal to add a short paragraph to the "Avoiding personal attacks" section of the No personal attacks policy page. The discussion is Proposed addition to "Avoiding personal attacks". Your participation is welcome. Lightbreather (talk) 01:27, 17 September 2014 (UTC)