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This thread was archived on 3 April 2010 by Calebchiam.

I got this idea from the Twilight Saga Wiki. It consists on giving the users achievement badges. E.g: Make at least 200 constructive edits to be awarded with name here badge. Now you'll probably be wondering: how will we know when someone have made at least 200 edits? Well, the user will have to sign on a specified Runescape:name here page and a bureaucrat/sysop will then proceed to put it on the user's userpage.
I think this is a good idea because it will encourage new and existing users to make constructive edits, fight vandalism, etc. --Makxtrl Talk 01:50, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

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Be Bold - We don't need a system for such a thing. Wikipedia has a system called Barnstars (not sure on the spelling) which are a simple system of adding the starts with a description to the user's talk page at your own leisure. People can then put these on their own userpages, whatever they want. The rules surrounding them are loose (at least my understanding is that this is the case). You may want to consider creating them here. Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 01:56, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - This would cause unneeded strain on the 'crats and sysops, and I feel it would make people want to get their edit count up for no reason other than to get it up.  —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cook Me Plox (talk).

Constructive edits... Makxtrl Talk 02:00, March 11, 2010 (UTC)
Okay then, who decides what a "constructive edit" is? Do you want people to review each of someone's edits to make sure they're "constructive"?  —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cook Me Plox (talk).

Comment - We can just create these templates and people can award them to others where they see fit. Such as "This user has cleaned up an article well and has been given the --- award! Given by Coolpker" (just an example). scoot4.pngscooties 02:05, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

I like that idea! --Makxtrl Talk 02:21, March 11, 2010 (UTC)
That's the same thing I mentioned above. Magic-icon.pngStelercusIlluminated Book of Balance.png 10:37, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose the formal edit-count-based system - That would add too much complexity to the system and be an administrative nightmare. Support the informal Barnstar system - It awards those that have contributed significantly, without the administrative overhead. --MarkGyver 02:09, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - I have to agree that we don't need a formal system for this. What's stopping us from putting a random star on our userpage for the heck of it? Also, this may differ from person to person, but the ability to have a shiny star on my userpage isn't particularly motivational.  Tien  02:22, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - This will merely encourage users to make meaningless edits in order to get a high count. Since the administrative nightmares involved with checking each user are horrific, there is absolutely no practical way to do this. --LiquidTalk 02:24, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Comment Most of what I thought is said above. How ever, while we most likely will not be doing this officially, there is no reason you can not on your own tell people when you think they are doing a good job.--Degenret01 08:51, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Liquid. I just don't see a reason for it. ~ Fire Surge icon.png Sentry Telos Talk  08:56, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Conditional Support - I don't as such like the idea of when you reach a certain number of edits, you get an award or whatever. But the informal barnstar idea I like. In reply to Tien, although it might not motivate some people, it does to many and shows that in some way or another they have been rewarded for their hard work. Although many of you say that you can just go ahead and let someone know that their hard work is appreciated, it rarely happens. Very rarely happens. Usually you need like a prompt (?) to let people know they're welcome to give the user an award. An example can be seen on Az's userpage; people are more likely to give her something yummy if she has a place for it. With a system of special "awards", users would know there are special templates for acknowledging hard work. And then users can have subpages to store their own awards. I think it's a great idea that'll make the community more fun and will acknowledge users for their hard work and that it does not go unnoticed. Cheers, Chicken7 >talk 11:24, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

PS - I just had this strange idea that instead of having barnstars, we could have "Wikicapes" (like Skillcapes). There could be a Wikicape of Image-editing, or a Wikicape of Discussion involvement. Or even for a bit of fun, Wikicape of Noobiness (I have someone in mind) Chicken7 >talk 11:24, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - You can just make it yourself, although I don't think the wiki needs an official one. Santa hat.png Powers38 おはようヾ(´・ω・`) 11:26, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - Waste of time to make this official. be bold and do it yourself. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 15:51, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Oli. There isn't really a need for Sysops or Crats to do this, you can do it yourself. --

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Oppose - At first I was going to support this, but Liquidhelium's comment made me change my mind, there'll just be too many useless edits.   Swizz Talk   Events!   18:48, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - I like the more informal, more personal, ways of supporting fellow users such as Chickens ideas and Az's page. I'm glad someone brought up the topic, because we have have a lot of great editors, and appreciating each other is always good. I would like to steer clear of formal systems based on edit count, but some good ideas are coming out of the rest of this discussion. Air rune.png Tollerach hates SoF Fire rune.png 09:41, March 13, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - I might create my own system of special "Wikicapes" which all users are welcome to use, just for the fun of it. If users can see how it strengthens our community and motivates users, we could even make it something more official, like the Barnstars on Wikipedia. For more info on the idea, see my paragraph above. If you have ideas for some Wikicapes, please let me know on my talk page! Cheers, Chicken7 >talk 09:46, March 13, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose Strain on 'crats and sysops, and encouraging edits for edit's sake. Balance iz powa!4ndrepd TalkContribsStupid monkeys actually have a use...Jump to the God Wars II! 22:46, March 15, 2010 (UTC)

Closed - We will not be implementing this system. C.ChiamTalk 02:51, April 3, 2010 (UTC)