Merchandise giveaways

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Many editors have long toiled, independently and without much recognition. Respect and gratitude from peers is one of the best rewards an editor can receive. In addition to sending WikiLove or Barnstars, you can now nominate an editor to receive an extra special gift in the mail to thank them for their spectacular contributions and help them show off their love of the projects to those around them.

So, do you know an amazing editor? Photographer? How about a patient mentor? Trusted Admin?
Whatever your reasoning, if you believe someone deserves some extra recognition click the button below to add a public nomination for consideration.




Directions[edit]

  1. Either press the button above
  2. You will be asked for the username of the person you want to nominate and why you think they deserve it.
  3. Save or submit! If you posted publicly, it will be available for discussion and comments on the nominations page.
  4. Consider letting the user you nominated know that you appreciated them. You can tell them anyway you want or try the You've been nominated! template by copying this code to a new section on their talk page: {{subst:MerchNominationAward}}



So what happens next?[edit]

  1. Consider supporting others who have been nominated to tell them that you agree.
  2. The nomination pages are monitored by WMF Advancement Associate, Joseph Seddon, who will reach out to the nominated user to ensure they receive their free T-shirt.
  3. If the nominated users are willing, we'd love to get pictures of them with their brand new shirts!



I have more questions[edit]

FAQs are available below for more in-depth answers. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask on the talk page or contact Joseph Seddon, the WMF Advancement Associate.

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FAQ[edit]

Why are you doing this?[edit]

The biggest reason is because editors deserve it. The Wikimedia projects are enormously popular and useful because of the volunteer time poured into them by amazing contributors of all types whether they spend their time writing, collating, spell checking, patrolling recent changes, helping new editors or countless other little jobs. These users frequently go unappreciated, and they're okay with that, but they deserve a bit more where we can! The Wikimedia Shop was created with this as the primary motive: getting free or cheap merchandise into the hands of contributors to reward them for the amazing work they've done. It sells (as cheaply as possible) to the general public to spread the brand and has its small margin earmarked to help offset giving merchandise to the community.

Will everyone who is nominated get something?[edit]

In the end the final decision on who gets something resides with the Wikimedia Foundation; however, we do not anticipate using that authority often. We plan to give as many packages out as we can and have no set date to end the program. For many reasons we may have to decide to pause the program (money, merchandise stock, staff resources etc.).

Why has this page moved?[edit]

We started the Merchandise Giveaways on English Wikipedia because it was much simpler to iterate and trial something while focusing a bit and eliminating some of the challenges (such as keeping track of multiple nomination locations, languages and products). Now that we have caught up with the nominations backlog, we've moved the project to Meta in the hope that exposure is increased to a greater swathe of the community.

Can I nominate someone from the X language Wikipedia or Y Wikimedia project ?[edit]

Yes! Editors from any Wikimedia project and any language are eligible to both nominate and receive nominations.

Why was I nominated?[edit]

Ask your nominator! Even when you were nominated anonymously, we ask for a short statement about why someone is awesome and deserves some extra recognition, which should also help you understand what you did right. The general reason is that someone felt that you should be recognized as doing great work on the project(s) and they think that you deserve something a bit extra.

Can I nominate myself?[edit]

Of course you can. You'll just look conceited to the rest of us.

Can an editor receive a free t-shirt through this program more than once?[edit]

In order to sustain the program as long as possible and to reach as many contributors as we can, we are not able to give a user merchandise through this program more than once. To find out if a person has received merchandise through this program already, please see Merchandise giveaways/Who has shirts.

Is this a vote?[edit]

No, some people are in the public eye and some aren't, it is totally expected that some people will get tons of +1 supports while some will get none. That doesn't in any way mean that one person is 'more' important or better than the other and they both equally deserve a shirt.

Is the Merchandise Giveaways program still happening?[edit]

The short answer is YES!