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3 Eastern Religon/Culture Barnstars

These were all my idea:

1.Buddha Barnstar.png The Buddha Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the eastern religon of buddhism.

2. Tao Barnstar.png The Tao Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the eastern religon of taoism.

3. Gandhi Barnstar.png The Gandhi Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the life of, or ispirational writings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Please post any questions or comments below, and tell me if you wish to make any of these into award templates, thank you.

Rbpolsen (talk) 04:42, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

The Cooler-Than-Other-Metalheads Barnstar

Here it is.

Inspired by this edit, I decided to whip up somethin' on Inkscape as a proposal.

It shall be awarded to those whom other users appreciate for going the extra mile to do something other users would usually skip. Yes, I know the Original Barnstar can be used for this purpose, but it doesn't hurt to specialize one. Reply with Support, Neutral, or however it is Wikipedians do a poll here.

Oh, and credit Floppie for inspiration if this barnstar is passed.

Cheers RageSamurai21655 20:42, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Support, FWIW. Although I'd also be in support of a pair of devil horns, something to signify metal. But I'd still be in support of the current incarnation ;) ~Floppie(talkcontribs) 03:10, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Metal as in music? Oh..... Two One Six Five Five discuss my greatness 16:27, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Differences between WP:PUA and WP:WPPA

Can I ask what is the difference between those two? Both contains WikiProject's barnstars and WP:PUA has some other awards. Are these 2 pages sort of overlapping? OhanaUnited 19:12, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

At some point it may be worth moving just about all of these separate award pages to userspace, as with the userboxes. Whether that happens depends on how strongly people feel about the award thing getting out of hand and soaking up too much energy that should be spent on more useful work. --Tony Sidaway 06:53, 2 May 2007 (UTC)
I personally like the awards and find them a good idea. I don't think that they themselves are time consuming or particularly out of hand. A few users tried to be bold and it failed, I don't see anything wrong with the awards pages existing in Wikipedia space. There really aren't that many awards considering how long they have been there. I don't know, I think these are used by a lot of members of the community, the awards themselves seem to have community consensus even if BAP doesn't. IvoShandor 08:10, 2 May 2007 (UTC)


Can someone be stripped of a barnstar? Black Harry 17:46, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

emm, I once stripped someone of a Barnstar I had given...the user didn't seem to like been given a barnstar (as odd as that may sound) and was even a bit rude about it so I just thought that user was probably a better judge of his/her work than I and hence took it away. I think there's no official policy on stripping someone of a barnstar award...and for goodness sake let's keep it that way. Rosa 03:00, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Barnstar Proposal

I propose there be a barnstar for Admin Coaches. After all, they spend hours tirelessly teaching up-and-coming Wikipedians on how to be constructive and prepare them for (possible) Adminship. I believe they should have a reward for their efforts. -- S h a r k f a c e 2 1 7 19:44, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Make one then, you don't have to propose Barnstars anymore. Smomo 11:55, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Link readded

Just FYI, don't readd the link to the award proposals page and recommend people use it. I have removed it from the barnstar page. IvoShandor 12:06, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Please read this idea

How about making one barnstar that doesn't carry any specific meaning? So that it would be possible to award someone with your own words. Rhanyeia 07:59, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

How about the Original Barnstar? GizzaChat © 08:45, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
Thank you for answering! It could be, is that what it means? When I read the description it didn't sound like the same thing to me. I was thinking about one which doesn't say anything as such, for example to reward someone for one specific thing. Rhanyeia 09:19, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
I'll take this to Wikipedia:Barnstar and award proposals/New Proposals#The Special Barnstar. Rhanyeia 13:55, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
Adding later: that page was inactive, that's why this goes on here. Rhanyeia 18:26, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
Just in case there are more people watching this page than that one: I would need help to get an image appear there and correct couple of things in it. Advice me, please. Rhanyeia 18:48, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
I personally use the original barnstar as a catch-all when I can't find an appropriate specific star. I don't see as we need another general-purpose star. Herostratus 22:17, 11 May 2007 (UTC)
Ok... well, I made the image, and I felt something like this was missing, so maybe I could still try at least for a while? I sent it to my friend who knows quite a lot about graphic design to be corrected. Let's see how it comes back there, she's very good. I think it would be different to give someone The Special Barnstar than The Original Barnstar, which sounds like being for general very good work. In my eyes they could both be useful. Rhanyeia 07:34, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

I haven't found a better page where to enter this, so here it comes:

A barnstar proposal

Rhanyeia 13:09, 13 May 2007 (UTC) :

SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar may be awarded to a user as a gesture of appreciation for a specific reason, when there is no other barnstar which would feel as appropriate.

I think it looks great. Although the edges aren't straight, that goes with the crayon tone of the rainbow. –Pomte 20:27, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
Reminds me the LGBT flag. :/ -- Cat chi? 16:25, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
That's actually the first thing to came to mind when I saw it. Sorreh, Rhanyeia. Blast [improve me] 18.06.07 0820 (UTC)

I like it very much! Rbpolsen (talk) 04:45, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Do I not have to propose?

Someone says on this page that barnstars don't have to be proposed anymore. Does that mean I can add this among the General Barnstars, now that I have a complete image and a text? Does it not have to be proposed for that? Rhanyeia 18:23, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

A barnstar is just a nice picture that you give to someone on Wikipedia to show your appreciation. You don't need permission to grant it. The contents of the barnstars page is decided by consensus, as with almost every other page on Wikipedia. If you intend your barnstar for general use just add it to the page. --Tony Sidaway 18:32, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
It is almost getting to a point where, I think, we need to make a gallery/list of Barnstars on Wikipedia, regardless if they are "approved" or not. Once we do that, we can cut down Wikipedia:Barnstars to just saying how it works and how it got started. The page where I intend to keep this list is at User:Zscout370/Barnstars, which yall are welcome to add/comment/do whatever with. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 18:39, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Service awards

I encountered a page called Wikipedia:Service awards which seems to be a functional duplicate of this page. I've redirected it here and request all to help in merging content from there to here. --Tony Sidaway 21:12, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

  • Da hell? My dear ass, keep yer mitts off of that, kthx. Herostratus 01:54, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
The page isn't a duplicate, did you even look at it Tony? IvoShandor 13:24, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Also the last comment from Herostratus was quite uncivil, there really isn't a need for that. IvoShandor 13:25, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Proposals page

I am going to ask this. When did this become inactive? It still looked active a week ago. Simply south 17:20, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

When it was tagged as historical and rejected via the MfD a couple weeks back, some people added to it unaware of the MfD. IvoShandor 17:32, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Biography barnstar proposal

There is no a rough proposal (basically, a request for creation) of a biography barnstar at Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Biography Barnstar award. Any interested parties (particularly those with graphical abilities) are more than welcome to comment there. John Carter 18:29, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Australian Barnstar

Proposed Aussie Barnstar

Hi, I've just finished designing an Australian Barnstar award. The project community likes it, but there's a problem; It is in very low quality. A member of WP:AUS pointed me towards you so can a skilled graphic designer please help. Thankyou. On behalf of the Wikiproject Australia, Chicken7 04:26, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

OMG!!! Does anyone work here anymore?!?!?! This is on behalf of all Australian Wikipedians! Answer Please!!! Chicken-7 06:27, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

It's a great idea, I think it needs more work though. Rbpolsen (talk) 04:46, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

How's this? If you don't like it, I will get rid of it. Australian Barnstar.png Rbpolsen (talk) 05:04, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Request for Barnstar

Hi, I'm asking you guys to make a barnstar for WikiProject PlayStation. Now look at the Video Games Barnstar (Image:BarnstarCVG.png), All I need you to do is replace the game controller to the image: Image:Sixaxis2.jpg, and maybe change the background or something? I'm introducing this barnstar to thank people who have helped on PlayStation-related articles. If you can't make the barnstar, is there someone else you guys can recommend? Thanks. --EfferAKS 02:17, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

EVula's PS Barnstar
How about this? Just a quick toss together, but it should work for your purposes. EVula // talk // // 15:33, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
Thank you so much! EfferAKS 19:44, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Barnstars : New

Hi, I was wondering about this design for a barnstar for Wikipedians who help with the sections about the earth Chaza93 10:12, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Proposed Earth Barnstar
Actually, the term "Earth" is very general. Did you mean environmental or population? Cities or about the planet? please explain. --Jacklau96 12:54, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
It already exists. Next time please view all discussions before purposing. Environment Barnstar.png OhanaUnited 15:53, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
OH Ok thanks anyways, and that was wat i meant jacklau96 hehe Chaza93 15:56, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

I have a new proposal for a barnstar, for those who show commitment to the articles on European Soccer/Football, and also one for being Helpful 2 Heritage articles (H2H) Chaza93 16:18, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Proposed European Soccer Barnstar
Proposed good heritage editor Barnstar
Just out of curiosity, what does "Helpful 2 Heritage" mean or refer to? :) John Carter 16:58, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
Oh sorry didnt explain my self it means if you make helpful edits to articles about heritage, sorry! Chaza93 17:05, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
"Heritage" would presumably refer to the cultural or genetic "heritage" of a particular people or area? Just trying to get a clear idea of the scope here. :) John Carter 17:09, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
Yeah its the one about area, i am rubbish at explaining myself Chaza93 17:13, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

How about this one for good edits to Weather-related articles? Looks kinda like a hurricane

Proposed Weather Barnstar

I tried to make my EU contrib's one look sort of like the EU flag Chaza93 17:33, 30 May 2007 (UTC) Here will be all of my designs for Barnstars Chaza93 19:03, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Proposed Barnstar for contributions concerning the EU
Barnstar a tiny barnstar
Please accept this barnstar in recognition of your work making barnstars. --h2g2bob (talk) 17:46, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Medal Awards

Proposed medal given for 10,000 wikiedits

Here is a medal that i have made that you can just post on someones user page to commemorate their 10,000th edit, watch this space, more coming soon (Bronze, Gold, and Platinum) Chaza93 20:54, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

While I don't necessarily oppose this type of barnstar, there are already images that you can add to your user pages after a certain amount of edits. See Wikipedia:Service awards. -- Ynhockey (Talk) 21:16, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

For you ribbon fans...

Have a look at User talk:White Cat/Legend... -- Cat chi? 16:24, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Translation barnstar

I want to propose a barnstar for those who contribute significantly to translating articles from other versions' wikipedia. However, there doesn't seem to be an image that represents translation in Wikipedia. I would like to ask for ideas for the design. OhanaUnited 13:00, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Try playing around with this image: Image:TowerOfBabel2.jpg. -- Ynhockey (Talk) 21:14, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
I think we have already got the The Rosetta Barnstar. --Jacklau96 00:37, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

Proposal: Law Barnstar

Proposed Law Barnstar

I want to propose this barnstar for those who contribute significantly to the coverage of legal issues on Wikipedia. --Regicollis 05:03, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

Re:Creating barnstars

How do you create a barnstar? And once you do, how do you register it on Wikipedia? Thanks in advance! Cheers!!! -Zacharycrimsonwolf 09:38, 11 June 2007 (UTC)

Infobox Barnstar

InfoboxBarnstar.png The Infobox Barnstar
A proposed barnstar for users who improve the quality of many articles by using infoboxes.

FenderTeleCriticise 03:04, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Support, good idea, but rough barnstar image and it does not look like an infobox. --Jacklau96 14:08, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Neutral Good idea, BUT the barnstar is incredibly out of focus  ¢нαzα93  12:28, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

Support, great idea, but , could you make another star? The current one looks weird. Macy's123 review me 18:36, 26 December 2007 (UTC)


I hope not to be taking this into a too serious view, but I have been pondering about these "barnstars" for a couple days now. User:Swirlex has given himself as many barnstars as he has come across. Now, that just doesn't seem to be in the good nature of things, right? That is, giving himself them. These are meant to be awards given to somebody by a fellow editor for doing a job well done on something - and he's done nothing of the sort (He hasn't even done any contributions on any pages for the related barnstars). I understand that there is really no policy regarding this, but I don't quite like what Swirlex has done, and don't think anybody should do it. If you agree, please do state so, and attempt to tell Swirlex this. He refuses to listen to a thing I say - just check some of his contributions. I've reverted most of them because they are counterproductive, and yet he persists on reverting my reverts. But that's a different matter. ElectricTurahk 00:05, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

*ahem* I do want an answer, ya know. I'm sooo tempted to remove all of his barnstars, especially now because he just added a bunch more... ElectricTurahk 13:42, 22 June 2007 (UTC)
I don't know that I'd be in favor of setting that precedent. Unless someone's breaking a policy like having unfree images on their user page or has it filled with personal attacks, I think we should give great leeway. The barnstars on the user's page are arranged in a gallery, so it could be interpreted that they are there for convenience so that s/he can award them more easily, as s/he says s/he does in on of his/her userboxen.—Elipongo (Talk contribs) 19:06, 22 June 2007 (UTC)
Then you really should check their contributions. They do nothing of the sort - I've checked quite literally every one of their contributions, and not once do I recall seeing their rewarding a barnstar. I still argue that they should be given to editors from other editors, not from an editor to themself. It's selfish, even. And, yeah, it's a gallery. A gallery to make them look like they've done a lot of contributions, when they haven't. ElectricTurahk 19:11, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

If it helps, Swirlex has only given out one barnstar; to User:Marvelzombies. -- -- Gravitan 22:30, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

From the listed interests, I would guess that Swirlex (talk · contribs) is on the younger side. I'd say treat him gently because he has potential to outgrow silly collections and become a good editor. —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 00:10, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
Treat the interests with a grain of salt. It just so happens that I am interested in Bionicle and Pokemon (The games only, of course), and happen to be 15. Please try not to think everyone who likes something is in a certain age range - just look at Transformers. Plenty of 20 year olds are into that. Anywho, I'm still oh so tempted to remove the barnstars... ElectricTurahk 18:56, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't mean to pigeonhole anybody, some people in my age group still like to fiddle with Rubik's Cubes (no comments about Geritol or walkers please, lol). Anyways, the case is that having a self awarded barnstar gallery is not a violation of WP:USER. While I don't like the idea of people giving themselves the awards, I think the idea of messing around with the userpages of others for reasons other than violations of policy would set an even worse precedent. I especially think it would be a bad idea for you to remove them yourself since this edit is itself a policy violation (I won't belabor the point, just keep your cool next time- among other things it allows you to keep the moral high ground). I do see that there seems to have been some sockpuppetry and vandalism going on here, which I'll warn him/her about. If s/he doesn't clean up their act in a few days, I'll report it to WP:SSP. Thank you for bringing this to light. Cheers! —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 05:44, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

The wheel warring barnstar

No, seriously, somebody made a barnstar to reward wheel warring, one of the most disruptive things an admin can do on the wiki. Does this strike anyone else as a Really Bad Idea? The star in question is Image:WWDBarnstar.svg, which I've listed on WP:IFD. Comments welcome. >Radiant< 10:30, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

I think it's meant to be a dubious honor. 22:45, 9 July 2007 (UTC)


Hello all. I've made up an award to give to editors who have accomplished a goal, passed a milestone, or done anything else that deserves a glass raised in salute. I wanted to see what you all thought of it before just posting it. Thanks! —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 22:06, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Oh yes, I should mention that I unashamedly adapted the lyrics from the bridge of The U.S. Air Force song. This new version sound quite nice if you sing it to the tune of the bridge. —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 02:20, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who edit wiki near and far,
To a friend we send a message, "keep the data up to par".
We drink to those who wrote a lot of prose,
And then they whacked a vandal several dozen blows.
A toast to the host of those who boast, the Wikipedians!
- From {{subst:{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}}}

This toast should not be used.

This is an image that should not be used. The character displayed on this "toast" is the Yellow Kid an infimous cartoon comic strip character used during the American yellow journalism days of 19th century. The character is a racial stereotype that is in part poking fun at immigrants. Especially Asians and Asian Americans which is evident from his yellow appearence and large buck teeth. The character is portrayed as slow-witted and dull. Creating some sore of award using his likeness is simply in bad form.CaptainDude 17:43, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

Are you sure about this? He looks more European than Asian to me. The Yellow Kid's article says the character's actual name is Mickey Dugan which sounds more Irish than Asian to me. Also, I doubt there would have been commemorative postage stamps issued with this character on them in 1991 if there were any serious racial overtones.—Elipongo (Talk contribs) 20:22, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
Yellow journalism is more closely associated with the Spanish American War than immigration. IvoShandor 22:29, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
The character does look Asian, in the insulting stereotypical way. I agree that the image shouldn't be used. IvoShandor 22:30, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
Wow, I still don't see it. I think that Yellowkid is cute. He's no more Asian than Charlie Brown is. He's got an Irish name and the word yellow in his nickname comes from his shirt. Frankly this strikes me as very similar to the controversies about the word niggardly. But I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings with this. The image can be changed. How one of these versions? —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 09:30, 1 July 2007 (UTC)
Here's a toast to the host
Of those who edit wiki near and far,
To a friend we send a message, "keep the data up to par".
We drink to those who wrote a lot of prose,
And then they whacked a vandal several dozen blows.
A toast to the host of those who boast, the Wikipedians!


Here's a toast to the host
Of those who edit wiki near and far,
To a friend we send a message, "keep the data up to par".
We drink to those who wrote a lot of prose,
And then they whacked a vandal several dozen blows.
A toast to the host of those who boast, the Wikipedians!

Barnstar spamming?

I'm one of the users who received the barnstar from Loveandkindness, even though my contributions amount to a mere 20 (excluding talk pages, my user page, special pages and the such). Skimming through the article, I sort of understood this is legit, but I don't really think I have contributed so much (yet). References: [1] [2]. --badpazzword 12:21, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Ordering of Barnstars on the project page

Any objections if I sort them into alphabetical order by WikiProject, so it's easier to find the one you're after? Bencherlite 09:19, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

The "Thank You" Barnstar

I've created a new type of Barnstar. I know that the picture looks like crap, but I think it would be a good way to tell people thank you after they do something nice. If nobody likes it, I can take it down if somebody tells me about it. WikiTaco 22:13, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

The design seriously needs work. It looks like an MSPaint project. Get with the Barnstar project and see if someone can help with the image. Also, consider giving the go ahead for at least two of the three uploads of the image to be deleted. They should have gone yesterday, but they didn't. LaraLoveT/C 18:40, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

WikiThanks.pngThere's already an image designed to tell people "thank you", it's called the wikithanks (the yellow flower to my left, it's at Wikipedia:Personal user awards). It seems to me that's enough; giving an award when all you want to say is "thank you" seems a bit too much. I don't want to impose though so if you still believe it's a good idea feel free to develop it. Rosa 20:27, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Spare a star for a poor Wikiproject?

Dear clever and creative Wikipedians - Wikipedia:WikiProject Cambodia needs your help. We'd like to have a project barnstar (actually two) to give to those misguided editors that provide significant contributions to articles about Cambodia on En WP.

The only problem is - I have no graphic skills and every template I edit goes funny (and must be reverted). The combination of skills required to create a stunning image AND make it successfully appear inside a template is to me like reading and writing Sanskrit - it's a skill I'd love to possess and it won't happen in this lifetime.

Therefore, I'd like to ask for your help. We'd like two slightly different barnstars - one for significant contributions and one for outstanding contributions (perhaps just the first star in gold or something). Are there any kindly graphic and template wizards around who could help out? I could give you... ... um a barnstar? Cheers, Paxse 05:15, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

I'll give it a shot. Will report back in a bit. 22:11, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
Derived from The original: 2 versions, Bronzish and Silver. If they're good enough, great, feel free to submit them to wikimedia (I'm a bit too lazy and short on time at the moment)
I release both of these images into public domain without restriction. 22:43, 9 July 2007 (UTC)
And you are a truly wonderful person. Now can I be fussy and ask for some slight changes? Can we have the Cambodia image a little larger and with the flag as a background to the country shape - yeah I'm a pain. Then can we have a gold one to go with Bronze and Silver for the lifetime achievement award - pretty please :) Paxse 15:48, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
Sure! working on it... 21:47, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
So, believe it or not, it was not intentional for the gold one to have a larger cambodia, but I think it works nicely (emphasis). Once again, all rights released.

Try using this medal sort of thing, i used cambodia as the medal, each level, if this one is approoved, will have extra gold "bands"

Cambodia Level 1 Barnstar.jpg

Thanks you both very much - sorry I've been busy - now what the hell do I do? Six different barnstars perhaps? Paxse 14:26, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Categories

I think this Wikiproject deserves its own barnstar. I mainly work in the Uncat section. That project section itself is very hard considering there are still 10k uncategorized articles out there... Anyways my idea for the design is something like this:

replace paper with barnstar

I think this is a good image since I imagine uncategorized articles as paper spread all over the floor and its our job to sort them out in a filing cabinet.

I'm sorry if I can't help with the graphics. If you don't mind can you notify me in my talk page about the development? Thanks.--Lenticel (talk) 14:13, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

I'll look into it. It shouldn't be that hard to make. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 22:19, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
I took a shot at it. Some of the color depths got changed, but the spirit of it is the same. Also note that the perspective is slightly off on the barnstar, but this is the best I can do without a higher res source image. If his version turns out better, feel free to use it instead. All rights released. 22:23, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
This is fine. Plus, anon, since you do some good artwork, maybe you should try and get an account so you can upload directly here. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 22:26, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
24.205 here; I have an account, as you can see. I just kind of like the anonymity of surfing and posting as an IP. Riffraffselbow 23:48, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
Nice graphics Riffraffselbow, I think I should study Photoshop soon.--Lenticel (talk) 02:14, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

What is this gender insensitivity?

OMG! Template:The Working Man's Barnstar has a gender parameter. A Wikipedia registration doesn't require any gender identification, neither do our signatures, userpages or edits. Why and how do we plan to make that piece of gender insensitivity useful? Why not make it just the Working Wikipedian's Barnstar, and settle for it. How does being Working Woman any diffrent from being a Working Man? What a load of bull (sorry about my language language)! Cheers. Aditya(talkcontribs) 14:09, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

There was a vote about it, and consensus to add the parameter. Cheers Raystorm (¿Sí?) 14:27, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
One of the parameters is wikipedian. IvoShandor 20:34, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
But wouldn't it be possible, to avoid such disputes to just call it the Working Wikipedian's Barnstar? Because - as Aditaya says, Wikipedia does not require you to enter your gender - and so a fe/male wikipedian may feel "insulted" if they recieved the wrong one Chaza 93 20:39, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Running man stick figure

Regarding the "running man" stick figure on the Template:The Running Man Barnstar, at first glance it resembles a swastika. Can that be changed? Has anyone else thought this or is it just me?-- 19:39, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

I really think it is obviously a running person. I can see what your saying but there is really imo no way anyone would think that is a swastika. 20:36, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
It slightly resembles a swatstika, but it is also clearly a running man - it is also a bit of a giveaway because of the name of the barnstar on the template - but we needn't worry about it Chaza 93 20:34, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
This has been mentioned on the image talk page too. My first thought was that it looks like a swastika too. I'd suggest the design be reconsidered. Cheers, DWaterson 00:15, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Five-A barnstar template

Five-A BarnStar template.

Based on Image:AFC-Barnstar-2.png. You can use this as a template for new barnstars. Credit: Hersfold for the AFC-Barnstar-2 design. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 18:13, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Discussion on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Awards

'RickK' is getting out-dated

Can I just say that, although I really like RickK and I admire what he did for Wikipedia, I do feel that this barnstar is getting out-of-date. RickK hastn't been the best of anti-vandal fighters, and there are others who have reverted much more vandalism that would be better suited to having their name on this barnstar. For a start, Wimt and CambridgeBayWeather are two of many Wikipedians who have reverted much more vandalism than RickK. Isn't it time for a change? Lradrama 18:32, 24 July 2007 (UTC)

I will get to work on creating a barnstar for both of those names, your pal Chaza93review 19:19, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
It isn't just those two either, there's loads! Lradrama 19:36, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
Universal Anti-Vandal star Chaza93review

Well i have done one - However the name in the centre is changeable :) Chaza93review 19:39, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

However, how about we dont have a name on it- just a universal star Chaza93review 19:49, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
Here - try this one - Chaza93 15:54, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
That would be better! Lradrama 11:07, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Heh! OK so what do you want written on the yellow dot? Chaza93 13:45, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Here i have made the changes to the IMAGE Chaza93 15:54, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
The one I can see displayed now is fine. Is there a way we can have anything more written in the yellow dot? Anti-Vandal would be even better! Lradrama 15:10, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Ill get right on it! Chaza 93 Ukraine 15:36, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Here look at this edit - i had to change the font to make it fit in the dot Chaza 93 Ukraine 18:03, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Can you make a "crisper" version? Put the brush and dot on a higher-quality image of the barnstar. The blurry barnstar under the crisp dot and brush are visually jarring. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 18:41, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
New Proposal

OK so here is another one, i cant get a more focused Barnstar - so how does this look Chaza 93 Ukraine 19:10, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Chaza93, where did the star background come from for your work? davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 20:46, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia, its the basic barnstar image Chaza 93 20:49, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
The only changes, are that i re-coloured the star, and then decided to add brush strokes of "bright" colours to make it look as if the bruch is helping to repair the dullness Chaza 93 20:52, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Oh you genius, that is brilliant! I like that very much! Yes, it's perfect! Lradrama 15:31, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

New Barnstar

I would like to see a new barnstar however posess inadequate graphics skill to design it. I would also like community input on this star. I would like to see, along the lines of the Rickk anti vandalism star, a Phaedriel Bomb Diffusal star, for editors who regularly handle the most explosive situations and always manage to find the most delicate way to handle them leaving everybody for the better? Any feedback? -- Chrislk02 (Chris Kreider) 20:56, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Would a second level of the vandalism star above be more appropriate? Chaza 93 Ukraine 19:21, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Coaster barnstar

I brought this up to two relevant wikiprojects as well, but I thought I would add it here to generate the largest amount of feedback. Below is the Coaster Star, for contributions to amusement park, theme park and roller coaster related articles:

Rollerbarn.png The Coaster Star

Free free to add any thoughts, changes or suggestions. IronGargoyle 18:24, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

This is a very interesting design and you have done very well with it, although it is a little out of focus Chaza 93 Ukraine 15:44, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

New User Help Barnstar

Is there a Barnstar that can be awarded to someone for having patients with and helping newbies to wikipedia? I'm new here and have recieved quite a bit of help and patience from some excellent editors Elhector 00:14, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Could i suggest giving them a bronze wiki award? Chaza 93 20:25, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Bronze Wiki Award

[[Image:Bronzewiki 2.png|thumb|Reason ~~~~]]

Either that or the Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar!

Chaza 93 07:25, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Template:The Barnstar of Kurdish Merit

This seems to be a very bad idea. You do not want a wanabe country as a barnstar award... Barnstars are supposed to be no big deal and not a tool for political soapboxing. -- Cat chi? 06:34, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

Yeah i agree - an absolutely awful idea - i would also be against the idea, even if this place were to be a country, i cannot think of any reason to have created the template - and so i expect that it should be deleted soon Chaza 93 20:21, 5 August 2007 (UTC)
Ahem, gentlemen and ladies... there are a large bunch of ethnic/national barnstars for people who merits writing/editing articles in these ethnic subjects [3]. These include such ethnicities as Chechnya, Faeroe, French Guyana...
Though it doesn't seem to appear in the list above (someone must have vandalized it because Joebengo added it sometime ago) I have been awarded the Basque Barnstar of National Merit by members of the Basque WikiProject and I am immensely proud of it.
I see no reason to sabotage a Kurdish Barnstar of National Merit just because someone seems to have prejudices against stateless nations. --Sugaar (talk) 08:23, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
Bingo: the barnstars of Catalan and Basque national merit had been deleted (from the list only, not their templates) in June with no explanation by vandal already under investigation. I have naturally restored them and notified an administrator in Commons. --Sugaar (talk) 08:53, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Can someone place this barnstar under General Barnstars?

Adopt Barnstar.png The Adopt-a-User Barnstar
Your message here
which is

{{subst:Adopt-a-User Barnstar|Your message here}} . I tried to place it there but did not know how. If someone can do it for me, please do. Thanks.Marlith T/C 23:07, 3 August 2007 (UTC)

What's "General Barnstars?" The award is already where it should be, in Wikipedia:Wikiproject awards. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 03:00, 4 August 2007 (UTC)
Per Above Chaza 93 Ukraine 17:01, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Guitar Barnstar

Since the Guitar Barnstar cod is missing and therefore is useless, should it be removed? I tried to contact the guy who made it but I dont speak hungarian. Can someone hungarian contact him or use a translator or something so that the award can be made available? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Simpsons fan 66 (talkcontribs) August 09, 04:09

OK so which barnstar are we ib about? Chaza 93 07:58, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
The guitar one, "The Guitar Barnstar is awarded to those who contribute exceptionally to guitar-related articles. Introduced and designed by Opa from the Hungarian Wikipedia." The one that has no code, you can't miss it.--Simpsons fan 66 00:08, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
Wait, don't worry It's fixed up now. I created the template. --Simpsons fan 66 03:28, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

{{The Barnstar of Diligence}}

This template isn't substing properly!  — MapsMan talk | cont ] — 15:33, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence

Well, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with this one! So maybe it has been fixed? Chaza 93 20:13, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Couple things...

  1. Is there even an informal award hierarchy one or it's really all subjective? --BrokenSphereMsg me 15:45, 10 August 2007 (UTC)
  2. Wiki smiles aren't awards, are they? I personally don't think so, however I've seen people treat them as such.
  3. Is Wikithanks really an award? It is in personal user awards and there's a ribbon for it, but the guidelines say that it's supposed to "awarded" as per Anthere's comments, and the original intent was not to treat it like a barnstar.

BrokenSphereMsg me 15:45, 10 August 2007 (UTC)


  1. I believe that they are all subjective - although we are trying to intruduce second levels of some barnstars.
  2. Nope, people just award them to people because its nice to recieve sometimes, to let people know there work is appreciated.
  3. Well it seems as though it is been, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Chaza 93 20:17, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Hmmm...Like you said, it's all subjective, so it's what people choose to make of it. To each their own. --BrokenSphereMsg me 20:29, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Yeah thats it Chaza 93 08:26, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

The law barnstar

I noticed that there is a barnstar in the 'other awards' section that awards legal contributions. shouldnt this barnstar be in the barnstar section or in the wikiprojects section instead?--Simpsons fan 66 00:51, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

I feel it should be, yes Chaza 93 17:45, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
Moved! Green Tick.png Chaza 93 18:56, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Civility barnstar

Isn't this new Civility barnstar added yesterday too similar to the Random Acts of Kindness barnstar? Was it actually approved? I ask because this image was already often used as a Civility barnstar and known as so.--Húsönd 15:57, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

No, it was not approved, i shall remove it from the list for being to similar, i will also notify the user Chaza 93 16:26, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
Thank you. On a related note, shouldn't it be time to have the well known Civility barnstar approved and listed on WP:BARNSTAR?--Húsönd 16:51, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
OK here is a proposal,
Civility Barnstar

Chaza 93 16:56, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Pictogram voting keep.svg Removed Chaza 93 17:22, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Yep. This one here should be made official. :-) Húsönd 17:34, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
While I agree that one should have been removed due to its similarity to the RAOK barnstar, there isn't any "official" barnstars, and there is no approval process. IvoShandor 20:36, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
But, all we ask here is that you just pass them through here so that we can all just see that they are useful, otherwise we could some stupid barnstars El-Nin09 21:20, 14 August 2007 (UTC) (Formerly Chaza93)
Cool Cool. Then, might I ask, has anyone noticed that the What a Brilliant Idea barnstar is exactly the same as the Technology barnstar? IvoShandor 10:22, 16 August 2007 (UTC)


Good idea or not? El-Nin09 21:42, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Template:CivilityAward Is too similar for my liking El-Nin09 21:45, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

I like the Barnstar of Peace a lot actually, and don't find it that similar to the Civility Barnstar, both in appearance and purpose.--Húsönd 01:52, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

The IRC Buddy Barnstar

I seem to kind of frown upon this one. IRC matters are always separate from Wikipedia. And, doesn't really look like a barnstar at all, rather an award of some other kind.--Húsönd 01:55, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Personally, I think it should be deleted. I mean if you want to give someone a Barnstar for being a great irc pal give them a "special barnstar." --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (tαlk) 23:50, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

The Categorization Barnstar

I think that there should be a barnstar created for users who work to sort out articles and place them in as many categories as possible for the sake of convenience and to make those articles more accessible to other users. Being an encyclopedia, Wikipedia should be a neat and tidy area for users to easily search out the pages they are looking for. Categories help in that process. I believe that if a single article were placed in as many categories as possible, more users can access it, allowing more editors to reach and edit the page to a better standard. Therefore, I think Wikipedians who sort out and place articles into multiple categories should be rewarded. While I don't have an image for this proposed barnstar, I would suggest a barnstar in front of a library or sets of drawers as those are areas where one would expect the contents to be neat and organised. (Iuio 15:51, 15 August 2007 (UTC))

For now, use one of the general-purpose barnstars for behind-the-scenes work. Otherwise, track down the wikiproject that deals with categorization and offer to create a project barnstar for them. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 00:40, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
Yeah i would agree, a Wikiproject Barnstar would be the way to go. El-Nin09 14:01, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

WP:CAT is the Wikiproject you need El-Nin09 14:02, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi-Yo Silver barnstar

Hi-Yo Silver barnstar.PNG for defending against outlaws.

Anyone who wonders why I never pursued art as a career, need wonder no more. I like the concept, just not the execution. Baseball Bugs 09:41, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

And not for the first time here, i don't have a clue why this award was made, you can just give out the RickK anti-vandalism barnstar which is basically for exactly the same reasin. El-Nin09 14:09, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
Please note that this is only on the talk page. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 15:03, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Handing out Barnstars

I have a question. Is there is a specific policy on people putting awards on their own userpages for having a humorous userpage for instance and for reverting vandalism. What is the guideline regarding this subject? I imagine it is considered tactless and conceited to create a false sense of reputation among other Wikipedians by rewarding yourself. -- BestEditorEver 10:08, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Maybe a special "patting oneself on the back" barnstar is needed. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 10:45, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
Barnstars are informal awards, so there is no policy about them, and attempts to create one have been met with ... skepticism, shall we say. Yes, putting a barnstar on your own page is seen as tactless, but there isn't a formal censure process - thank goodness. --AnonEMouse (squeak) 13:11, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
Your aren't meant to be putting barnstars on your own page, they are meant to be awarded for achievement in a particular area of Wikipedia, so please refrain from giving barnstars to yourself El-Nin09 14:05, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
I think the as-yet-uninvented Narcissist Barnstar can only be awarded to oneself. :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davidwr (talkcontribs) 14:41, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
Were you thinking of doing this yourself out of award or barnstar envy? ;) The thing is, if you want to make it look like you got the awards from other users, wouldn't you have to forge user signatures and messages to your talk page if you wanted to make it look legit? All in all, pretty tactless and shameless IMHO. But then again, everyone's perceived value of the awards or lack thereof varies.
There are the service awards which you can give to yourself which are based solely on your time on Wikipedia and your edit count and there are also the hidden/secret page barnstars which you could claim for having found various user's hidden/secret pages. They are not the same thing as an award you genuinely earned for your efforts and which someone recognized you with (personally I rank them low in the "hierarchy"), but it could be considered better than nothing. BrokenSphereMsg me 15:43, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
I thought the policy on barnstars was quite clear - award them to other users who have worked hard in a particular area and who deserve them. Awarding barnstars to oneself is sinking pretty low. Lradrama 09:47, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
It was a general question; I wasn't thinking of giving myself a Barnstar. Should have figured there is no regulation on this kind of cheating. Thanks for answering everyone. -- BestEditorEver 10:28, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
You're quite welcome. P.S. I didn't think you were going to award yourself barnstars, otherwise, you probably wouldn't have risked putting forward the question. Happy editing, Lradrama 11:31, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

The Vandal Barnstar

New Proposal

I think it's time for a change regarding the Anti-Vandal barnstar. Currently, it is named the RickK Anti-Vandal Barnstar. Now, I fully respect RickK, and yes, he was a wonderful Wikipedian, but;

  • no other barnstar is named after another Wikipedian, so it would help with consistancy
  • RickK wasn't the greatest-ever vandal fighter and there are many examples of other Wikipedians who have reverted much more vandalism who equally deserve their edits to be recognised
  • RickK's talkpage gets vandalised still as a result

Wouldn't it be better to have a barnstar simply named The Anti-Vandal(ism) Barnstar? El-Nin09 has fashioned a new design, which is just to the right here. What do we all think? Lradrama 09:52, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Have other barnstars been replaced or retired that are no longer up? BrokenSphereMsg me 14:44, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

I support restoring the former name of the Anti-Vandal barnstar (effectively removing "RickK", with all due respect). I do not however support this new design, I seem to prefer the old one.--Húsönd 15:24, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Actually I like the current barnstar a lot more than this one. The current one features graffiti removal which is an adequate comparison with the vandalfight, whereas this one features a rainbow coming from a windshield wiper (?). Besides, too similar to the Special barnstar which already features a rainbow. And last but not least, barnstars should be left without any text. The text on this one would look microscopic when the image become reduced to a typical barnstar size.--Húsönd 15:31, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
I agree change the name ditch the new design. When I first saw the new barnstar design I thought that it was to contradictary to go with the name of the barnstar. To similar as the Duck stated to the Special Barnstar. Fighting vandalism is not about cleaning up the paint mess that your baby brother made. Nice picture though. Maybe it could be worked in for another b-star. --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (tαlk) 23:48, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
So how about a name change but the same image then? Lradrama 14:11, 18 August 2007 (UTC)
OK here we go, i will see what i can snap up, thanks for the feedback, imagine what the one above without the writing could be used for, many thanks El-Nin09 20:56, 18 August 2007 (UTC)
Maybe ditch the wording on the barnstar and perhaps it could be the new Wikipedia:WikiProject Visual arts barnstar? --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (tαlk) 21:56, 18 August 2007 (UTC)
OK here is a design - El-Nin09 17:42, 19 August 2007 (UTC)
Newer Proposal
It looks better, but personally I still prefer the one being currently used. Honestly, I don't think that many would like to have this barnstar changed. It's been here for so long now, it's so easily recognizable, so part of the culture... Húsönd 14:56, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
To be honest, this barnstar looks like it has been vandalised more so than the current one. Lradrama 10:01, 25 August 2007 (UTC)
I strongly disagree with removing his name from the award. No offense to you guys, but there's a reason why it's named after RickK. While it is true that he may not have been the greatest vandal-fighter ever, his story is not uncommon: a vandal-fighter who is persecuted himself for doing his job. Eventually he got fed up with fighting the human wave of vandalism and left. The fact that his story is tied to this barnstar serves as a warning to all who take up the noble service that is fighting vandalism on Wikipedia. --Sharkface217 00:52, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Editcountitis barnstar

Someone recently created four barnstars for editcountitis (Image:Bstar 500+.jpg, Image:Mer2.jpg, Image:Bstardil1.jpg and Image:Wbstarhonour.jpg), for having 500, 1000, 2500 and 5000 edits respectively. Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea? Having an arbitrary number of edits is not a noteworthy accomplishment - it's the quality that counts. >Radiant< 09:03, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Actually quite some users declined them and discouraged usage, me for the following reasons:
  1. collision with Wikipedia:Service awards, which already allows editors to display a badge based on edits if they want.
  2. lack of coordination with the Barnstar scheme
  3. the chain and 'payment' aspect of the warding with its unavoidable spammish outcome
  4. the cumulative use that leads to unnecessary cluttering. --Tikiwont 10:07, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
I got four of those barnstars sticked on my talk page with the message "it's not free, you have to spread it" (removed them). It's spammy, promotes editcountitis, and redundant to Wikipedia:Service awards. MfD? Melsaran (talk) 11:06, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
That was my first thought as well, actually. >Radiant< 11:47, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
I believe that any message which says "pass me on to any user who ..." is spam, and shouldn't be here. I think I'll put them up for deletion. Od Mishehu 13:15, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
Please put them up for deletion, this is why the service awards exist El-Nin09 17:49, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

 Done all nominated El-Nin09 19:53, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

A suggestion/question

Would an award for creating and improving vector images (or converting to SVG) be a good idea? Or is there a simalar barnstar already in existence? --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 18:24, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

I think that it is a good, idea, but being completely honest i don't think it will catch on. El-Nin09 08:09, 9 September 2007 (UTC)


I would like to create a barnstar. I would like to do the actual creation myself, but if anyone could tell me how to create my own star, all the licences, anything I need to know beforehand. Thanks, J-stan TalkContribs 20:16, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

OK you will need a graphics program (one that you know how to use might help), and to upload the original barnstar image, licensing would be the one which it is your own work, hope this helps, you can contact me for further help - but i am on holiday in about 4 hours :) El-Nin09 07:25, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
Ok, if someone else can help then :) is there any special work that needs to be done on the licensing part? Any recommended graphics program. J-stan TalkContribs 14:25, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
The GIMP is a free ratser image editor, and Inkscape is a free vector image editor. --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 08:46, 26 August 2007 (UTC)
Oh, cool - I already have Inkscape. How would I go about getting the barnstar on it? J-stan TalkContribs 14:38, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
File-> Import. Select your local copy of the barnstar. Then draw your graphic. The barnstar is a raster image so you will have to export a raster image. See The Graphics Lab (of which I am a member) if you need a hand. --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 21:54, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
What do you mean "draw"? Shouldn't I just fill in the colors? I got the barnstar onto Inkscape, but then I wasn't able to change any colors. I am a complete noob when it comes to creating images. J-stan TalkContribs 23:23, 27 August 2007 (UTC)
Well, given that you haven't said what you're trying to do, it might be a little hard to help... Inkscape would be for making vector drawings, like a logo over the top of the barnstar. The GIMP would be for making raster images, in this case, changing the color of the barnstar. If you can be more specific, I (or The Graphics Lab) can try to help. --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 08:06, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
All I'm trying to do is change the color of the original barnstar to create my own general-use barnstar. I might not implement it right away, but I've wanted to start doing image work on the wiki. J-stan TalkContribs 14:53, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
You'd best use the GIMP. You can find the install files for windows here (You will need both GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment and The GIMP itself). —Preceding unsigned comment added by DTR (talkcontribs) 18:15, August 28, 2007 (UTC)
Got it. I think I have it now, I just need the shading to be right. Any suggestions? J-stan TalkContribs 14:21, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I don't really know what you mean by that. You can colourise something by using the Colourify effect, under Filters/Colours/Coulourify. --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 10:23, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
That option shows up as faded, and thus, not selectable. J-stan TalkContribs 00:06, 2 September 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I have no idea why that is... can anyone else help? --Dave the Rave (DTR)talk 08:44, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, but the only graphics programme i can use is Microsoft Pictue it 2002 El-Nin09 08:06, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Space Barnstar

This may already exist, but this could be for User who have done well on space -realeted articles.Blacksmith talk 02:49, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Version 1

Will clean up, any suggestions for improvements?Blacksmith talk 08:02, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Only one Problem... Colour!!! El-Nin09 14:38, 31 August 2007 (UTC) ok will put colour in although what colour?, by the way should be easy to cleran up when i get round to it as they the shuttle and star are sparate images.Blacksmith talk 04:27, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

Although my program cannot do this at the moment, i would suggest getting someone to put a space picture in the background of the star El-Nin09 07:32, 1 September 2007 (UTC)


Cleanup:  Done
Color: Not done- What color are we thinking?Space ColorsSpace colors??
Background: Doing...- so stars and stuff?Yes
Blacksmith talk 00:04, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Italics by El-Nin09 18:42, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Sorry if this take i while, i am quite busy right now. Blacksmith talk 07:15, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

Blacksmith talk 08:14, 15 September 2007 (UTC) how bout that image?Blacksmith talk 08:17, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Compensatory barnstar


I awarded this to an IP editor who was deleting, for example, large swaths of cruft tagged as unreferenced for many months, and earning warning templates for it. It was a one-of-a-kind thing made up for just that situation. I think it may be useful in other situations, however, it is both a very "niche" barnstar, and a potentially controversial one (since it makes the implication that another editor's actions were unwarranted). So I'll just turn it loose on the talk page, and if you like you can add it. Eleland 17:17, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

Actually, i think its quite a good idea. El-Nin09 20:33, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

Photographic Contribution Barnstar

I suggest that Wikipedia have a barnstar for contributors who upload photographs taken by themselves onto Wikipedia, preferably under a free license. I must admit that I am biased in this suggestion, as I have uploaded 84 pictures of my own (found in My Gallery and showcased in Stevens Institute of Technology, Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, and Jolt Cola). I would need somebody else to design the barnstar. --Sharkface217 03:29, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Nevermind, I'm an idiot. I didn't check the list. --Sharkface217 04:52, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Lol El-Nin09 20:33, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

The Group/Working Together Barnstar (page)

The star itself ({{Gstar}}) is only a part of a full barnstar-- which can be any given barnstar--, the project page is to unite barnstars given to a group of people instead of a single person working alone. This is mainly to help strengthen the community spirit, and avoid a "work alone" attitude. I'm not sure where you would classify this, it's part Wikilove, part Barnstar, so I figured I'd let a project member decide where the best place for it is --lucid 23:40, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

I would say, place it under Other Related Awards El-Nin09 20:35, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

Which barnstar(s) would be appropriate to award someone in their work on going through Articles for Deletion?

I'm thinking The Editor's Barnstar or The Working Man's Barnstar....--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 08:34, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

I would personally give them the working mans barnstar. El-Nin09 20:32, 8 September 2007 (UTC)


Looking throught the above i can see that Chaza93/El-Nin09 was quite enthusiastic in this wikiproject before being forced to take a Wikibreak due to personal reasons, i think we should have a barnstar for creation in their honour, or something similar. 17:49, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

Against i aint that good, there are much better people El-Nin09 20:31, 8 September 2007 (UTC)


I think we should display the ribbon equivalents of the barnstar in another column on the table, some users may prefer them El-Nin09 13:44, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Role Call

OK the idea of this is to check whether users are actually involved in the project any more, this will include:

  • Blanking the members list
  • Sending the following message to every use on the list
WikiProject Awards Rolecall
To check whether all of our members are still interested, we have blanked the members list, if you still wish to take part please add your name back on the list.


I mainly hang out over at wikibooks (with the same username), and I happened to stumble upon this project. I would be willing to help with anything *besides* graphics I.E. maintenance, etc. Erik212 05:06, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

(If this post just takes up space here, I'll delete it, as this seems to be a busy discussion page.)

Important Proposal

Hello, I have a proposal for a competition which could encourage encyclopedia building, and also perhaps bring excitement, coordination and fun into the community. My Idea is called the Wikipedia Cup and is a yearly comptetion in which 32 of the best users picked by the wikipedia community contest each other in editing skills until there is only one winner. Who gains the cup template on their userpage. At each round only half of the starting amount gets through. For example. 32-16, 16-8, 8-4, 4-2, 2-1. A special set of established wikipedians announcing who goes through. This could be a great idea for wikipedia. The sunder king 17:20, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

I would have very serious reservations about any such proposal.
There is the inherent problem of singling out the 32 editors in the first place. What criteria would be used to determine who would be included: article creation, revision, expansion, cleanup, something else? And how would you narrow it down to the exact 32 without very likely going into very subjective opinions, which would immediately detract from the credibility of the competition? Also, how would one ensure that the specific subjects that the participants engaged with were of roughly equivalent difficulty? Or, if that were to be found impossible, which I am almost completely certain it is, how would you weigh the relative difficulty of the various subjects?
We would also have to take into account the specific kinds of resources available to the contestants. Clearly, a student at Harvard University would have an unfair advantage in writing articles related to Boston over a non-student, in, say, Adelaide.
And the idea that others would be interested in following along this "contest", presumably like American Idol and the like, is one which I find at best unsupported as well.
So far as I can tell, there would be no way to ensure that the competitors would be chosen fairly from all editors out there, there would be no way to knowledgably judge the comparative difficulty of their work, there probably wouldn't be much outsider interest (I know I personally wouldn't pay attention to it while it was ongoing, even if I knew one or more of the contestants), and it would very likely cause at least some hurt feelings among those not chosen initially and, much more likely, by the contestants who might think that they were eliminated based on some unfair basis. That might even be enough to get one or more of them to leave wikipedia completely. If it were possible to address all of these concerns, of course, I might have give it some support, but I frankly think that these problems are going to be for all practical purposes insurmountable. John Carter 17:37, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
Well for a start this is just a light idea. I have not yet gone into deep thinking about this. Please feel free to improve my ideas. The sunder king 17:39, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

More ideas on the subject. Ok now that those concerns are addressed I can start to build something proper. The sunder king 17:42, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

  • The editors chosen must have a high history of good editing.
  • The editors must have no history of conflict or bad editing.
  • The editors must be able to write a GA class article to qualify.
  • Ok no judges. The elimination is decided by points. Think of this competiton like the World Cup
  • 3 points for writing a GA, 3 points for a successfull AFD, 1 point for understanding guidelines. Etc. The sunder king 17:44, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
I like that you're trying to come up with something fun and inventive, but I can't see a competition like this ever working. Sorry. violet/riga (t) 18:05, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
I do note that WP:MILHIST does have an article improvement contest. But there the contest is remarkably different, in that it doesn't have the elimination aspect which seems to be the central concept of this proposal. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing more contests of the type they have, but contests of that kind are entirely different from this proposal. John Carter 19:44, 21 September 2007 (UTC)
If you want to start a competition, be bold and do it. You don't need anyone's approval for that. I won't participate, though, in any way, ever. Good luck! A.Z. 01:14, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
True. In all honesty, on reflection, I could see how such a "contest", if it were apparently independent of wikipedia itself, could help encourage some editors. It might be particularly useful for comparative newcomers as a way to help them become a bit more familiar with some of the processes of wikipedia. Many such parties might find a comparatively friendly contest useful. Maybe, to an extent, something like it could be preipherally related to admin coaching. But I do think that it might be much better if, for instance, you didn't try to "select" editors to be involved, but maybe just asked people if they wanted to be involved, and then set up the first competition. If it were successful, other competitions could follow thereafter. But the "selection" aspect definitely sounds like something semi-official, and I'm not sure that any action of this kind could ever receive any sort of "official" recognition. John Carter 15:52, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
Per John Carter El-Nin09 19:57, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
Thank you for your help, a page has been started and contestants may apply rather than be picked. The whole idea of the thing is to encourage editing and make editing fun. It coul ddo great things in the long run. The sunder king 10:55, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

3 Eastern Religon/Culture Barnstars

These were all my idea:

1.Buddha Barnstar.png The Buddha Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the eastern religon of buddhism.

2. Tao Barnstar.png The Tao Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the eastern religon of taoism.

3. Gandhi Barnstar.png The Gandhi Barnstar: For spreading or posting helpful information about the life of, or ispirational writings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Please post any questions or comments below, and tell me if you wish to make any of these into award templates, thank you.

Rbpolsen (talk) 04:42, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Our own Award

I have just been flicking through randomly, and i have noted that I couldn't actually find an award for the Award Project. And I think that it would be a good idea for us to have a little competition, to design an Award for the WikiProject Awards! El-Nin09 19:54, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

First, it is kind of bad to have too much competition in wikipedia. But jut a little is perfect, because it encourages users to edit more articles. Second, you could just use the General WikiProject Barnstar they have on Wikipedia:Barnstar. Signed, Nothing444 22:19, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Add link to it.
Sorry I meant to add a link to it.
Signed, Nothing444 22:21, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

My view on the barnstars

I think that the whole idea of the barnstars is a little bit flawed. No disrespect for the people who have worked on the articles and earned their barnstar. But that in my opinion have slightly undermining purposes in respect to the other editors. For exemple, I'd like to present myself. I've been working on Wikipedia for 3 years and I am among the 3000 editors who have the highest number of edits. Of course quantity doesn't mean quality, but I regard myself as a progressive and capable editor. I think I have made some great contributions. I don't want to brag about it - I consider it one of my greatest achievements, but I am sure that there are people there who are contributing as much as I have and are here probably longer than I am. These people don't have a barnstar to flash around. We just do it, because of our love to Wikipedia and the community. But I don't want a barnstar. I am perfectly happy the way I am, though sometimes I feel a little bit envious about other people's barnstars. And I feel that this creates friction. It does so, because people shouldn't have a special order for their selfless and voluntary contribution to what is Wikipedia and to what Wikipedia stand for. I don't regard myself as any special than those editors, who have barnstars, and neither are they. These barnstars just undermine most of the oustanding editors, who are contributing to Wikipedia and who are doing their work without any expectation for a reward. It undermines them, showing most of the other editors as a selective clique, who have a barnstar, who deserve a barnstar, who are special. They are not. We all are not. We are part of the same project and none of us are more special than the others. They don't deserve special barnstars. I hope I made myself clear in this issue.

Regards: Painbearer 00:47, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Subpage deletion

The following pages have been merged with Wikipedia:Barnstars:

Can we delete these subpages? Rocket000 08:25, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Go for it is what i say. El-Nin09 16:37, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
Actually, stop everything, if you checked, they are actually used as templates, so that we can actually edit one copy, and keep numerous ones. El-Nin09 17:42, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

A further FA medal proposal

Hey all, was looking at The Featured Article Medal for 3 FAs (and awarded a couple to some folk who qualify) -thought it would be a good one to add to as I reckon the FAs are one of the best things about wikipedia nad have enjoyed writing them and helping others to do so. My idea was for:

  • FA Medal of Diversity - for 3 Featured Articles in 3 different categories on the WP:FA page to encourage diversity and hope folk would tackle underrepresented areas (I'm guilty - all of mine have been in biology and medicine thus far). Was thinking od something akin to the original FA medal but something '3'ish about it - tricoloured or whatever an imaginative graphics person can come up with.
  • Gold FA Medal - for 7 Featured articles.

All input welcome. cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 03:13, 6 October 2007 (UTC)


How do I create my own star? And why are they called barnstars? They are not stars for childrens. And can someone please make animated cool barnstar 19:27, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Answer to questions: Use a Graphics Program / Don't Know / The tireless contributers barnstar is animated. El-Nin09 19:46, 7 October 2007 (UTC)


Can someone please make a PlayStation barnstar with the PS2 logo on it?? 19:29, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Nope, can't do that. Company logos are Fair Use images. Sorry. EVula // talk // // 19:35, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Ok what about a pacman barnstar with a crystal pacman icon and a "PUCK-MAN" text on it. That was fun the last time I made a picture, it wasn't a barnstar though. 1() 19:38, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

As above, PACMAN is considered a logo i believe. El-Nin09 19:41, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

New barnstar


My friend made this barnstar. He has plenty of others which are much better, but he don't want to give them to me. I think it is very good. Maybe someone know who it could be, his wp user name is a secret so he don't tell me about it. :P 1() 20:14, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Another good one. (the blue one with the hearts) He told me that he change the colors and use "sharpening" technique to make this barn stars! 1() 20:57, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
If i am completely honest with you, I don't think we have any use for these images, the RickK anti vandal star is used too much, and we already have WikiLove awards. El-Nin09 19:43, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Image improvement

I think some of the barnstar images might need to be improved. Anyone should list them here, I don't have the skill to improve them so I figured some of the editors here might. My example is purported to start a list.


No offence, but is it me, or are people no longer really interested in this Project? F9T 17:35, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Article Rescue Squadron

Please help at this discussion. Thanks! Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 19:17, 25 October 2007 (UTC)


Seeing as there really isnt that much under this project, and the talk page is becoming less and less used, I think we should have a special talk page for proposals, and thats it. F9T 19:58, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

The Oddball Barnstar

I suggest that The Oddball Barnstar be awarded not only to users who create the said whimsical articles, but also to users who make particularly fine edits regarding them. Cheers. -- 21:45, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Instead, can't we just award them to editors who behave very oddly?--The Fat Man Who Never Came Back 21:19, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
I'd prefer using the Nutcase Barnstar for that, actually. We do have one, right? :) John Carter 14:51, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

Two New Barnstars

I had two ideas for barnstars, but I don't have the software to create them. Would anybody support these:

Japan Barnstar - for outstanding work on atricles relating to Japan. Uzumaki Barnstar - for outstanding work on anime and manga.

If anyone will support these, please do. If you think it's a bad idea, say so. I want to know what you think. brickdude^_^ 07:59, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

There's already a Japanese award; see Wikipedia:Personal user awards#Geographic. EVula // talk // // 08:21, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
Same for anime/manga, there's the BarnSakura. --BrokenSphereMsg me 21:30, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Proposed Countering Systemic Bias Barnstar.

As a young Singaporean, I have noticed that Wikipedia's coverage of the Little Red Dot is inconsistent at best, and horrendous at worst, due to systemic bias. A member of WikiProject Singapore and WikiProject Countering systemic bias, I strive to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Singapore and hence fight systemic bias.

After I Not Stupid achieved GA status, Haemo left a comment on my talk page, which inspired the idea of a Countering Systemic Bias barnstar. This barnstar should be awarded to Wikipedians who go the extra mile to fight systemic bias, whether by writing GAs on typically under-represented topics, constantly trying to save articles on places of local interest from deletion or protesting against policies which discriminate against the Chinese. If they know that their efforts to counter systemic bias are appreciated, they will be motivated to keep up the good work. When was the last time someone praised you?

I previously suggested this to WikiProject Countering systemic bias, but my proposal was archived before anyone could respond to it (I hope that doesn't happen here). Somebody told me that the page where Wikipedians propose new barnstars has been deleted and advised me to raise my idea here. Had I not failed Art, I would make the barnstar myself.

--J.L.W.S. The Special One 13:29, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

Support. Make a design and post it. Be bold, the CSB wikiproject needs initiatives like yours as does Wikipedia as a whole. --Sugaar (talk) 08:56, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
Support - Go for it. This is my last contribution to the WikiPorject, goodbye everyone! F9T 19:26, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
Although I failed Art, I once topped my school in Literature. If, by "design", you mean suggesting images that could be used for the barnstar, and leaving the drawing to those who are good in Art, I'd be happy to help. Give me some time, and I'll definitely come up with a good design idea. --J.L.W.S. The Special One (talk) 02:56, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't think I can help you much with the graphs but I have an idea: what about an "upside down" Earth globe in the design? After all that north is up is merely a convention (and actually in other times and geographies it used to be the other way around). --Sugaar (talk) 03:59, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Who needs barnstars when you can have botstars?

Yes, that's right. Meet the botstar; Botstar.png

There's already one, I think, but not in the form of a cyborg barnstar at least. Any comments, threats, or suggestions? I'd also like to work on a coder's barnstar for awarding to the actual bot creator. Any thoughts? Thanks! Master of Puppets Care to share? 14:28, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

I could this being given to bots themselves. The coders already have {{The da Vinci Barnstar}}. Rocket000 (talk) 01:28, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Barnstar Proposal(s)

I had an idea for 2 barnstars.

1) an Aeronautical barnstar for those who contribute to airspace articles 2) a school barnstar for those who defend/create articles about schools. I am one of them as I am basically the only one aside from about 1 other who defends Pinecrest High School.

Either of those interesting.

ArmoredPersonel (talk) 19:14, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

There is the Wikiwings for aircraft related articles and 2 other awards related to constellations and astronomy. BrokenSphereMsg me 19:54, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

I am totally against articles on schools and Star Trek epysodes. There must be millions of schools on this planet and I think notability criteria should apply. Hence I think the "school barnstar" looks rather against wikipedia policies and guidelines. --Sugaar (talk) 04:03, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

If it helps...

I've made two awards:

Ediacaran Barnstar.png The Ediacaran Barnstar
Sullivan Barnstar.png The Sullivan Barnstar
The Sullivan barnstar, for Wikipedia:WikiProject Gilbert and Sullivan. For Sullivan-related contributions. Also appropriate for Linley Sambourne-related contibutions, as he made the art used, though not, perhaps, likely to be used for that purpose. Created yesterday to celebrate the promotion of Thespis (opera) to FA, after a lot of work by all concerned.

Because, sometimes, your appreciation needs a new award to really show how much you appreciate their work. Adam Cuerden talk 07:26, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Music Barnstars

Where should these be added?

Should they be listed under Wikipedia:Barnstars/Topical or Wikipedia:Barnstars/Category or Wikipedia:WikiProject awards? Sorry I'm not familiar with this organization scheme. Rocket000 (talk) 08:07, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

I would personally list them under Category. But thats just my opinion - F9T 20:17, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Users who claim to have barnstars, but do not

This disruptive editor (see contributions) who hasn't been blocked yet has 4 barnstars on his page which were clearly not given to him. I'm sure this isn't the first case of this, and it could be seen as vandalism, attributing others' signed comments to a person which never awarded that user that barnstar.--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 11:23, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

Not just the barnstars, but also the WP:MILHIST awards, i.e. the chevrons and service awards. The chevrons with oak leaves in particular is the highest award this Wikiproject can bestow, but again nothing of this person's activity indicates what has been done if anything to justify receipt of said awards. BrokenSphereMsg me 17:07, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

"Improperly awarded awards"

I've seen a few cases now of people removing awards from other user's user pages on the grounds that they didn't qualify for them or had been awarded them improperly. Could this page please be updated to make it clear that awards may be awarded to anyone for any reason, that the guidelines on the page are only suggestions for the use of the awards, and that removing an award from another user's page just because you don't think they deserve it is incivil? Thanks. Chromaticity 19:26, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Funny that you mention this, since it's what was brought up in the previous section. As I noted there as well, nothing that this individual has done so far justifies receipt of any awards, including the military history Wikiproject ones, and it appears that F9T's removal of these was an attempt to follow up on the removal of the barnstars by John Broughton. I also noticed your remark that it's permissible to bestow awards on oneself. Now I don't know what the guidelines may exist for doing this or not, but it seems to me that if this were allowed, then the whole barnstar system would be worthless. The whole point of the awards seems to be that it's a means for people's work and efforts to be recognized on here - where's the value in recognition if it's all self-recognition? In regards to "outside the usual channels", nothing in this individual's talk page or user page history indicates anything bestowing by anyone other than himself. In examining Max Rex's contributions, I can't see anything that would justify receipt of any military history Wikiproject awards, and no contributions at all relevant to the project, except inappropriately tagging Che Guevara as having a too-lengthy lead, which makes no sense given that it's an FA in 5 Wikiprojects no less, and was featured on the main page more than a year ago.
As for awards that you can give yourself, there are the service awards, which are strictly determined by your time on Wiki and edit count. As it says there, "This is one award that is intended to be given to yourself." If this individual is so awards obsessed that they feel the need to falsify receipt of barnstars and the like, then whatever service award they're eligible for could be put up, and if you want and easy and fun way to get something to display on your user page, there's also the hidden page barnstars that various people give out. If Max Rex is really serious Wikipedia, then he should stop discrediting himself by making non-constructive edits and undertake some real work that will earn him the recognition he seemingly craves so much as a much better use of his time here. --BrokenSphereMsg me 03:28, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
I also wish to make the point clear that Chromaticity made the point on the user history that awards may be displayed if they have been awarded outside the usual process, an interesting and fair point BUT these awards were not actually awarded in any way, except by the user, to his/her selve. Also, seeing as one of these awards is the highest given by said WikiProject, I think that we should at least have the decensy (excuse spelling) to remove this particular award. F9T 20:59, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
Max Rex has been indefinitely blocked, so this issue as it regards to him is now moot. --BrokenSphereMsg me 18:12, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

I've never been awarded a barnstar, and I've made 9000+ edits

I've given out a few, but perhaps I haven't done enough in the right areas. The Editors' Barnstar is the barnstar you would use to compliment someone for their work on AfD, right?--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 11:12, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Barnstars are for editors to give to people they feel deserve one. I do not think that they are meant to be demanded - but bestowed by anyone in the Wikipedia Community. IF you do want to gain an award, I would like to redirect you to Wikipedia:Service awards. Jhfireboy Talk 17:31, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
There's the Award Center, where you can earn barnstars for carrying out posted tasks. The military history wikiproject is also currently undertaking assessment drive with rewards for #s of articles tagged and assessed. --BrokenSphereMsg me 18:18, 10 December 2007 (UTC)
It's perfectly possible to do a lot of work in obscure areas - or do to a lot of work and still be horrible person that nobody likes (I'm not implying that is the case here of course!). There are plenty of reasons why nobody awarded one to you. It's pretty random. I got up to about 5,000 edits before I got one - then, a couple of weeks ago I got two on one day (from different people and for totally different reasons). You just can't tell. So play nice, be productive - good editing is it's own reward. SteveBaker (talk) 16:29, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
Further to this, I have to say that IMHO the best barnstars are the ones that you least expect. Also, you didn't originally sign up and start editing to get barnstars, did you?BrokenSphereMsg me 21:38, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Create a newsletter

I was wondering that if we could create a newsletter for the project. The problem is that we need a bot to deliver newsletters. Is there any problem? Macy's123 00:01, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

I don't really think that there is much to report on the project really, except the occasional new award proposal. F9T 16:53, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Reference Desk Barnstar.

Refdesk barnstar candidate2.png

The folks over on the Reference Desks have come to a clear consensus about a barnstar to be awarded for Reference Desk contributions. I've added it to the Categories page. SteveBaker (talk) 16:54, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

I don't know how to make a barnstar, but i think that somebody should make a 'You don't deserve a Barnstar Barnstar' ... This would be for people who don't make many constructive edits very often

And also... the 'You almost deserve a barnstar banstar' for people who have been working hard and almost deserve a barnstar. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Physics&Art (talkcontribs) 18:25, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

But that would be ridiculous because they completely contradict themselves. "oh yes you don't deserve a barnstar, so have this barnstar" and same for the other proposal. And so I think that the refernce desk barnstar is a good idea. F9T 20:25, 17 December 2007 (UTC)
A "you don't deserve a barnstar template would just be speedily deleted since it is essentially a personal attack. --Oni Ookami AlfadorTalk|@ 18:29, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Adopt a user Barnstar.

As you can see, it is slightly darker than the current version.

I would like to propose a new barnstar to be given out for this purpose: I, like (I am almost certain) many other users suffer from Irlen Syndrome, which, in a nutshell, is harmful with bright colours. So, to be comfortable to all users, I would like to propose a slightly darker version. Which does not cause so much strain on the eye. F9T 18:44, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Sounds reasonable to me. Thanks for pointing out the existing problems. We certainly wouldn't want a barnstar which causes editors problems. John Carter (talk) 20:08, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Is there a barnstar for...

Is there a barnstar for people who puts lots of effort into finding references? Ryan4314 (talk) 01:47, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

New Afd Barnstar Proposal

Yes, I'm back, much to your dismay, and I've brought another terrible Inkscape creation to thee: Afd Barnstar 2.0!

I figgered the giant AFD lettering was somewhat overpowering compared to the barnstar, so maybe a simple "no" icon in the background would do here.

Two One Six Five Five (talk) 21:55, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Stormtracker94's picture, some blurriness being removed
One option
I had a similar problem when uploading Image:Translation Barnstar.png, but fixed it, so I think this star would be better than the current one. // F9T 18:06, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
So do I just replace Stormtracker's barnstar or wait for a consensus to form? I know about WP:BOLD, but it seems a bit too bold for me, especially since I plan to run for president RfA sometime this year and the last thing I need is a full-blown COI. Two One Six Five Five discuss my greatness 19:36, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Probably get Stormtracker involved, and see if you can come to an agreement, to run for president pass an RfA you need to not be that bold i think. // F9T 19:59, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
He likey. I replace. Two One Six Five Five discuss my greatness 20:40, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm sorry I missed these comments. They didn't show up on my watchlist because the talk page had a different name and although it has been on my watchlist before, I must have removed it at some point and then forgot it. On the right there's the Stormtracker94's picture after some minor blurriness has been removed from it. It's my strong preference over the no-sign picture, I think that looks a bit like "no barnstars". I think I'll remove the AFD barnstar from the General Barnstar page until we gain some consensus of the picture. I like Stormtracker94's picture, does it really matter if there is one barnstar with some letters on it? If this is opposed maybe the whole concept could be renewed a bit, there are also other deletion pages than AfD, maybe they could all be covered by the same barnstar? There's one picture option on the right below. Maybe The Barnstar of Deletion Pages? If the AFD barnstar isn't on that page there's always Wikipedia:Personal user awards. Ideas and opinions please. :) Best regards Rhanyeia 08:46, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

The only reason that I used a "no" sign was--and if you read the captioning I put in the picture, you might've caught this--that the giant AFD lettering seemed overpowering compared to the barnstar behind it. I suppose maybe a green barnstar with a scissors on it would be cool, but cut me some slack here; I'm not exactly KoL incarnate and because of such I'm no good with this fancy-shmancy colorized design, even if it does only involve taking an average green barnstar and slapping something on it that looks like it's straight out of the Nuvola icon package.
Bitter ranting aside, go ahead. Do what you want. Two One Six Five Five discuss my greatness 16:17, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

I'll edit the green edited barnstar which I made some now and it's going to be a bit different. Best regards Rhanyeia 18:18, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Personally, I don't care too much for the aesthetics of the whole thing. I'd favour practicality over anything else - I was just wanting to award the barnstar to a user, hence my question on the talk page of WP:BARN. I think it's a perfectly good idea for a barnstar too (nothing to do with the fact that I was the first person who was awarded it), and of course the AfD barnstar is not about inclusionism or deletionism; it's about who makes the best arguments in deletion debates, which are a vital (and indeed enjoyable) part of Wikipedia process to participate in.--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 18:55, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
The AFD barnstar template exists and you can use it with {{subst:AFDbarnstar|message ~~~~}}. Best regards Rhanyeia 19:18, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Role Call

I am going to be doing this today, as I feel it is important we keep the project page tidy as well. All users will be notified of the blank list, and asked to add their names again if interested. // F9T 19:32, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Weaponry Barnstar

It has come to my attention that there appears to be no award for contributions to articles on Weaponry. Am I right? BernhardFischbein (talk) 18:04, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

It would appear so // F9T 19:37, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Maybe someone could make one?? Possibly using one of the free weaponry icons at Wikimedia?BernhardFischbein 17:44, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

As below, my graphics program/computer is on the clink tonight. Someone else for a volunteer? // F9T 21:12, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

A barnstar proposal

It seems a lot of people don't give out enough barnstars. In the few years that I've edited Wikipedia (I had a previous account, left for a year, changed my email since then, forgot the passwords, etc, etc) I've only received one barnstar. A lot of people don't seem to care, hence the "Barnstar-free zone" tag.

So, here's an idea: A Barnstar of Appreciation -- for users who never forget the importance of barnstars and regularly award them to users they think deserve them.

I'm no artist, so anything I do probably wouldn't be that great. Zenwhat (talk) 22:40, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

OK I think that is a fair proposal. // F9T 07:16, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
My graphics program is up the clink, and so I would probably put this image in // F9T 07:22, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar needed for beating back fringe / conspiracy / undue weight problems

Man, there are a lot of conspiracy theorists, paranoiacs and fringe fanatics who seem to believe that their pet theory will gain credibility by being on WP. We need a barnstar for those who diligently beat back this nonsense.--Gregalton (talk) 16:42, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

The Userpage Barnstar

I don't think I've seen a Userpage barnstar, and the two Special Barnstars on The Hybrid's Userpage ware either about his userpage or somebody elses, and because I am just 11 and don't have the time ( or the knowledge, or the patience) I would like somebody to make a Wikipedia Userpage Barnstar with A Star and a The word Userpage. Please and thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by RayquazaDialgaWeird2210 (talkcontribs) 02:47, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

As much as it is a good idea, we try to avoid putting words on our barnstars. // F9T 10:24, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Hello sorry I didn't come earlier, I couldn't find this page.Swirlex (talk) 20:54, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Displaying random barnstars

Should we allow people to have a Barnstar "Galleries" on their user page, or should we make it so you should earn barnstars before you are allowed to display them? —Preceding unsigned comment added by F9T (talkcontribs) 09:27, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

I don't think telling users they can't display certain images because they didn't earn them is a good idea. There'd probably be a lot of backlash and possible even more "unearned" usage done out of spite. Usually, these galleries simply display various barnstars without any claim to receiving them as awards. Some users make galleries so they can always find the appropriate barnstar to use. I don't see any problem with this. Rocket000 (talk) 10:35, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

One of the reasons I have the Barnstars on my userpage is yes, because I need to find the right Barnstar to use if I'm giving an award. Also there is no page on Wikipedia that has all of the Barnstars united together. :) Swirlex (talk) 13:09, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Try commons:Category:Barnstars. Unorganized but it has all of them. (Well, it should.) Rocket000 (talk) 18:57, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Actually, I just check out your page, you may have them beat. Personally, I would rather use your page. Maybe you should think about importing that into a Wikipedia namespace page. Or ideally a Commons page. I'm sure many would find that useful. Rocket000 (talk) 19:01, 13 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, you definitly have more barnstars than Commons.... wow. Rocket000 (talk) 19:06, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Thank you For the Barnstar complement Rocket000 I think I just may put the Barnstars on a project page. But that is going to be a lot of work.Swirlex (talk) 11:47, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Breaking the wiki

Is there a (mock) award for a user who accidentally breaks something? I thought there was one, and was planning to give to the guy who locked the up site for about 10 minutes. -- kenb215 talk 03:43, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

No I don't think there is a mock award here but there are some on BSo1 Wiki. I'm not sure if it would be good to make one because it could encourage editors to vandalize.Swirlex (talk) 11:50, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
We don't have a star for something like that, I don't think we will as it is a very rare occurance. // F9T 17:12, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

IRC Buddy Barnstar

I was wandering if we could delete the irc buddy barnstar because it really is not in the shape of a Barnstar. Otherwise I think we could shrink the picture of it and put it on a barnstar. Swirlex (talk) 21:43, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I don't really see the point in it anyways. Submit it at WP:MFD // F9T 15:19, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Order of Stalin Award

Order of Stalin Award - for questionable information.

This is a "post-soviet" fantasy "award" issued by self-proclaimed "Supreme Soviet".
Some collectors mistakenly believe that it's a real Soviet order.

Pyvanet (talk) 05:14, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I actually don't like the idea to use a barnstar as a premade personal attack. I guess it can be of great use between friends but with people already hating each other because of a wikiconflict it is too much. Also Stalin as a very dark historical figure can made an additional insult to the recepient Alex Bakharev (talk) 00:26, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Code assistance

I was wondering if anyone could help us out over at WikiProject Highlander. We need a Wikiproject Award to get the guys motivated to clean up our articles, and I suck at coding. Anyone who can help? Hooper (talk) 05:22, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Proposal: Barnstar of REVOLUTION.

Revolt barnstar.png {{subst:The Revolution Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Revolution Barnstar

The Revolution Barnstar is awarded to editors who propose radical and revolutionary changes in Wikipedia policy in order to help improve its quality as an encyclopedia, take adequate steps towards that end, and demonstrate an appropriate understanding of Ignore All Rules. Made for user Anonymous Dissident, for unlocking Criticism of Wikipedia and in recognition of his contributions to Dystopian and for his essay Wikipedia:A Hybrid of Political Doctrine and Encyclopedic Collaboration

Designed and introduced by Zenwhat on January 21, 2008.

I've also awarded this barnstar to User:Masem. In fact, there's probably more than a few of these that could go around.   Zenwhat (talk) 20:58, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
Interesting award Zenwhat. Lets add it to commons. Swirlex (talk) 23:25, 22 January 2008 (UTC)
There are several things to discuss before placing the Revolution barnstar on the General Barnstar page. It's about "radical and revolutionary" change proposals and with them it's usually good to talk first, but WP:BOLD talks a lot about editing and I think it shouldn't be linked there. And the revolution star could have a bit wider scope than just policy proposals. The sentence of Wikipedia:Ignore all rules I find somewhat confusing. How would you find this simpler text: "The Revolution Barnstar is awarded to editors who propose radical and revolutionary changes in order to help improve Wikipedia's quality, and take adequate steps towards that end." The image, although interesting, I think it could be something else for the General Barnstar page: there are quite a lot of people who oppose smoking and barnstar images are meant to make people feel happy. Even a golden star image might look good, like Image:GoldBarnstar.png. Best regards Rhanyeia 20:18, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Rhanyeia, I like that simpler text, but I think including something about WP:IAR is important, too. It's a combination of both proposing bold changes to policies, that are good ideas (but not edit-warring over it) and some kind of demonstration of ignoring the rules appropriately.   Zenwhat (talk) 00:54, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

I just don't understand what that text means. Make a radical policy proposal and exercise IAR at the same time? Maybe the text fits at something that happened, but as a General Barnstar it would need a text which would be understandable for someone who reads just the General Barnstar page. You could use the notion of WP:IAR and add the award to Wikipedia:Personal user awards, and if you want to use that picture I think there it would be ok. Would you have a look at that page and think about it please? Best regards Rhanyeia 17:07, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Rhenyeia, just for WP:IAR, then.   Zenwhat (talk) 09:16, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Does your message mean that you'd hope there to be a barnstar for exercising IAR? I think that barnstar would be better on Wikipedia:Personal user awards than on Wikipedia:Barnstars/General because exercising IAR is so special case, and it's not the exercising of IAR which in itself helps Wikipedia, it's the actions and the work. If you give a barnstar for those actions and IAR was used, you could choose another barnstar and mention IAR in the text when you give it. Best regards Rhanyeia 19:22, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Ridiculous sexist imagery here. I like revolution, but this is surely the worst Barnstar design yet. Had I design skills I would submit something better for consideration. As I have not, I can only suggest - a revolving barnstar perhaps? Some less distinctly masculine 'revolutionary' representation would also work - lose the beard perhaps? Some of these Barnstars are starting to look rather like Skype icons - and that's not good. Centrepull (talk) 13:15, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Copyeditor's Barnstar ribbon...

Hello all—quick question: is there a ribbon for the Copyeditor's Barnstar? I've had a look but don't seem to be able to find one... Thanks! talkGiler 16:51, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

What happened to the AfD barnstar?

It's gone from this page. Can someone please explain?--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 19:32, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

The discussion is on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Awards#New Afd Barnstar Proposal. Best regards Rhanyeia 15:39, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

How about a "redirect barnstar"?

To be awarded to users for creating or maintaining useful redirects and/or shortcuts.

I have two ideas. First, a barnstar inside the brackets of #REDIRECT [[]], but that might be too wide. My second idea was to have a barnstar about the size of the minor barnstar above a horizontal line, which is above part of the text of "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia", which is above (Redirected from Barnstar). Ya know, to mimic the corner of a page that's been redirected to. I've already made an example of my first idea. Any suggestions or thoughts? --ÐeadΣyeДrrow (Talk | Contribs) 09:48, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

I've created an example at User:DeadEyeArrow/barnstar. --ÐeadΣyeДrrow (Talk | Contribs) 22:06, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

One of the new stars

The Radioactive Barnstar was added and placed to the category Radiation. I hope it wouldn't be, because there are so many types of radiation, and only very small part of it is radioactive. Radioactivity is associated with dangerous and often disputed things and there may be many who wouldn't want this star on the their talk page. Maybe there could be a barnstar about radiation which wouldn't talk about radioactivity. Best regards Rhanyeia 15:31, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Can I perhaps see a picture of this "radioactive barnstar". Swirlex (talk) 00:42, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

On Image:Radioactive Barnstar.png. Best regards Rhanyeia 08:45, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar proposal

The struck through barnstar thanks editors for judicious retractions. I've entered it at WP:PUA and awarded it a couple of times, and it really looks like it achieves exactly what it's intended: to help spread goodwill and encourage calm interaction in tense situations. Submitting this for consideration as a full barnstar. DurovaCharge! 03:15, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Size of ribbons

Is there any chance of reformating all the ribbons so they are the same size?? Gaia Octavia Agrippa (talk) 13:44, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Award Request

Do you think someone could make an award (not a barnstar, an other award because anyone can give out a barnstar) for the winner of The I'm Proud to be a Wikipedian Essay Contest? Signed, Nothing444 18:16, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

PS barnstar

I really want a PlayStation barnstar, but I don't know how to make a good one. Someone could just draw a PS logo in GIMP or any similar program and then use some work to create a barnstar with it. It would look cool. Off! (talk) 18:39, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

That would be a derivative work, and those aren't allowed in things like barnstars. BrokenSphereMsg me 18:51, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Anyone is allowed to use the "Play Station" name anywhere or everywhere, and barnstars shouldn't be a problem. What about if someone could take a photo of a PlayStation 2 and put it in a barnstar instead? I like the idea too. ...(Wvb20 (talk) 20:54, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
There are images of the PS2 on the Commons; I'm hoping someone else can shed light on whether or not one of those could be incorporated into a barnstar. BrokenSphereMsg me 21:54, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Sure. Why not? If it's on Commons, it can be used. Images of the system itself is ok. Just don't use the logo. Rocket000 (talk) 06:32, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
BTW, Image:PlayStation Barnstar.png. Rocket000 (talk) 06:44, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar rename

I propose that the "Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar" be named after User:Phaedriel, similar to the RickK Anti-Vandal Barnstar or the Ed Poor Audacious Action Barnstar. She was the master of the mission of this star, to set a "pattern of going the extra mile to be nice, without being asked." I can think of no other person who equaled or equals Phaedriel in pursuing this mission. bibliomaniac15 I see no changes 05:29, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

    1. Wholeheartedly support, for reasons already stated. Two One Six Five Five τ ʃ 21:03, 14 March 2008 (UTC)
    2. Support Great idea, User:Phaedriel is one of the kindest users ever. STORMTRACKER 94 Go Irish! 19:51, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
    3. Oppose Although I truly admire Phaedriel and agree that she should be cherished for all the smiles she brought to our community, I think that in the future many new users who haven't had any contact with Phaedriel will not identify the name of the barnstar with its meaning. The same happens with RickK's. He is long gone, and many great vandalfighters came afterwards. I think it's neither fair for RickK to be the only one distinguished nor that new users have to deal with a barnstar with a name they don't identify. Last but not least, I think it's better to hope that Phaedriel will return from her long wikibreak (like she has before) rather than acknowledging her permanent absence. Húsönd 02:06, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

The UK Barnstar

Could someone tell me if this is alright, or too controversial, as Wikipedia has problems with nationalistic/ethnic/religious/... feuds between editors?

Thanks Osama bin dipesh (talk) 19:38, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

I think it would stir up too much controversy among others to use that barnstar as a thank-you to contributors from the UK. It would be more acceptable if you use that barnstar image for editors who contribute to UK-related articles. (do we have one of those already?) I'm suggesting that possibility because it relates to the subject of the editor's contributions. What I mean is, if you notice the WP:Barnstars list, awards tend to always be based upon the subject of the editor's accomplishment/contributions, not by non-Wikipedia-related personal info about the editor themselves: ("Diligence", "Citations", "Random Acts of Kindness", "Minor edits", "Photographer", "Commons Ambassador", "Anti-vandalism", etc.) I just really don't think that a barnstar for UK-based editors would work well here; something for UK-based edits might be better. It would stir up (to one degree or another) controversy relating to discrimination/preference based on nationality, as PrimeHunter mentioned on your question at the help desk. Just my two cents on the matter - I hope that helps. --JamieS93 20:39, 14 March 2008 (UTC)
My comments are at Wikipedia:Help desk#3 things (permanent link). There is already {{UK Barnstar}} for edits about the UK. The new suggestion is named {{The UK Barnstar}} (seems easily confused with the other) and is only for editors from the UK. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:46, 14 March 2008 (UTC)
Glad you mentioned that, PrimeHunter. I was about to go look up if there was a UK-contributions barnstar already in existence (it seemed to me that there was one), and it turns out that it is so. Striking through my idea in the previous comment. :) --JamieS93 20:59, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

OK, action taken here: Wikipedia:Help_desk#I.27ll_get_it_deleted Osama bin dipesh (talk) 21:03, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

The Content Creativity Barnstar is ugly

Just in case someone else noticed. Húsönd 22:09, 21 March 2008 (UTC)