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The Mastodon Tamer Barnstar may be awarded to those that assume good faith, show civility, and work tirelessly to help transform angry mastodons into helpful contributors.
I propose adding a "Mastodon Tamer" barnstar for contributors that work tirelessly to help others, even if they are initially angry or openly hostile to the editorial process.
Background: I was initially very frustrated with Wikipedia's editorial process and by, what seemed to me at the time, arbitrary interpretations of policy. This resulted in my transformation into an "angry mastodon" for a short period. Just as I was about to delete my account and give up, several kind editors appeared and worked with me despite my angry rhetoric.
My guess is that this might be a common story here, so I would like to create this barstar in honor of those that are willing to walk into the "mastodon pen" and help users, even if it means enduring a bit of goring. --Xyzerb (talk) 21:53, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
We already have awards for helping people: we have two. Achowat (talk) 04:07, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. Many of the existing barnstars could be classified as awards for helping people. This would be a unique award because, unlike any of the other awards, it indicates a willingness to help users even when they are angry or highly resistant to the editorial process. --Xyzerb (talk) 05:29, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Checking in to see how things are moving along. Do I need to submit this design to an approval committee of some sort? Xyzerb (talk) 19:17, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Barnstar 2.0 for the Wine Barnstar, Buddhism Barnstar, Feminism Barnstar, Comic Barnstar, Real Life Barnstar
I recently created these Barnstars. This is the 2.0 version of the Originals. Someone please add this to the table.
Then the proper place to discuss whether this should be the official award of that group is there. I see you've started that discussion. Per WP:LOCALCONSENSUS, once you build consensus there, feel free to add it at WP:WPPA. Achowat (talk) 22:05, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I'd like to be able to reward someone for disclosing a conflict of interest (by posting on an article's talk page or on the talk page of a project covering that article) instead of simply going ahead and starting editing. I used the 'Integrity' barnstar for this recently, but was wondering if this is such an unusual act of integrity that it deserves a dedicated barnstar? I think the temptation to edit an article for which you have a COI must be a really big temptation. Plus sometimes someone who discloses but goes ahead and edits afterward doesn't really deserve the integrity barnstar but maybe at least still deserves to be recognized for the disclosure. valereee (talk) 12:33, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
If it's unusual, then I think it's a bad candidate for being a Barnstar. Part of the standards that should be used for Barnstars is whether or not a lot of different kinds of people. Maybe a Personal User Award is more in keeping with such a limited awardee base. Achowat (talk) 03:35, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Well, I meant unusual as in 'particularly deserving' not as in 'particiularly uncommon,' but I get your point. I've seen it twice in the past week, hadn't really been counting before that. In one case the person disclosed and asked someone else to edit (gave her the integrity barnstar), in the other case the person disclosed but edited non-neutrally. The integrity barnstar didn't seem quite right, but I felt as if this user should be at least rewarded for the fact he'd disclosed. :) valereee (talk) 12:21, 17 June 2015 (UTC)