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Bishzilla (Example Nomination)[edit]

Note: Example nomination, intentionally includes humor. Please do not edit.

Status:    In progress
Why is this user awesome?

Years of experience pocketing users, welcoming newbies, and potential future pottery aspirations. Bishzilla has also demonstrated impeccable edit summary usage and restraint when dealing with humans. All-around helpful, moral and entirely non-threatening dinosaur. I believe Bishzilla would be very much appeased with a new shirt as recognition for her numerous contributions (i.e. lack of threats) to our continued survival.

Comments
  • Support Support as nominator Vermont (talk) 01:17, 8 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Clearly not Zorp the Surveyor and does not herald the end of the world. LGTM. Requisition appropriate quantity of fabric. Operator873talkconnect 01:37, 8 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support: Consequence of failing to support too terrible to imagine. -- T-RexxS (rawr) 02:24, 8 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support a five-day holiday in Haiti for a meat/greet. SashiRolls (talk) 03:37, 8 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose Bah humbug. Give shirt to meeee! Too small for Zilla anyway! darwinbish BITE 09:17, 8 February 2021 (UTC).[reply]
  • Support Support Respect Darwinbish but fear Bishzilla. Yes, for our future! Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 10:02, 8 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support but with concerns. Obviously for a fire breathing creature the T shirt would need to be flameproof, but more problematic is the issue of size. Isn't Bishzilla taller than a small apartment block? WereSpielChequers (talk) 19:33, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support but, like WereSpielChequers, I kind of doubt WMF has shirts that will fit a dinosaur. Maybe a hat would be a better fit. Liz (talk) 02:21, 2 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Comment Respectfully, I don't think they will be able to put a hat on with those stubby hands. Panini! (talk) 06:15, 13 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]


English Wikipedia active administrators[edit]

Status:    On hold
List of users
Why are these users awesome?

These 417 users are the active English Wikipedia administrators (those who have made at least 30 edits in the past two months as of 27 December 2021) minus the 39 who already have shirts.

While adminship may be no big deal, I think it's safe to say that every one of these editors has contributed substantially to the success of the encyclopedia. To celebrate the solstice season and the new year, I believe that all of them deserve some tangible wikilove.

Note: There are very many non-admin editors who have contributed as much or more than those with a mop and who also deserve shirts. This list should be considered a start, not an end. The merchandise giveaway guidelines do not allow nominations from those currently being nominated themselves, but I very much encourage those not listed above to make some nominations of their own, and for those above to make some nominations after this one closes. Let's spread the tangible wikilove!

Comments
  • Support Support as nominator. If I messed up and left out anyone in the list, apologies and please let me know so that I can add you. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 19:34, 28 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support as a talk page stalker and per nominator. Wizzito (talk) 23:53, 31 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • thank you :-) - David Gerard (talk) 23:59, 31 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • I've secretly always dreamt of receiving one of these t-shirts. 💚 Support for all others on the list, if I may! ToBeFree (talk) 00:08, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    I second this sentiment/dream, acknowledging that we cannot vote in others while currently nominated & not intending this as a vote. --TheSandDoctor Talk 01:54, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support per nom. Great wiki(p/m)edians!I Am Chaos (talk) 00:14, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment Comment While I appreciate the sentiment, being able to help others is its own reward. Looking at this, it would appear that to receive any of the gifts/awards, we would have to provide some identifying information for delivery or pickup. Therefore, I respectfully request my name be eliminated, as I prefer not to reveal such information. Thanks anyway, great idea for most admins. Maile66 (talk) 00:21, 1 January 2022 (UTC) I just removed my own name from the list. Maile66 (talk) 00:41, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I never knew these existed, and now I want one more than anything in the world. Jpgordon (talk) 00:42, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jpgordon: You can also purchase them at shop.wikimedia.org. SQLQuery me! 00:48, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Neat! Good for the morale of the nominees, too. Urhixidur (talk) 00:46, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you! Never knew this existed, and it's cheered me up after a bad week :) Grutness (talk) 01:20, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Pinging SHust (WMF) and Seddon. I was sent an email a few days ago noting of "a large group" nomination; 417 is quite a bit larger than what I expected, and though I am unaware of any hard limit on merchandise giveaway nominations it seems pertinent to notify people on the WMF side of this. Best, Vermont (talk) 01:27, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Nice idea, Sdkb, and I appreciate the thought. But I note that these T-shirts cost $18 to $25 on the website. The market price for 417 of them would be something over $7,000, not counting shipping. That’s more than just Wikilove; it’s a sizable chunk of change to suggest be paid for by somebody else, i.e., Wikimedia. I have a few pieces of WP paraphernalia, for which I have paid, and I contribute to Wikimedia as I suspect many of us do. But as for asking them to send me a freebie - no thanks. I kind of pride myself on the fact that I am not compensated for what I do here. --MelanieN (talk) 01:59, 1 January 2022 (UTC) P.S. Like Maile, I have removed my name from the list. --MelanieN (talk) 02:09, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Not trying to sway your decision, but wanted to point out that while they may sell for $18-25 on the website, they do not cost the WMF that much, or there would be no point in selling them. Nor does the WMF "lose" that much money on each shirt given away instead of sold, just the profit margin. That said, I have no idea what kind of profit margin these shirts may carry, and I'm ignoring shipping. IceKarma 05:43, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    (While $7000 are such a tiny amount of the WMF's money that I don't have any problem with this,) The Merchandise giveaways page claims the merchandise is sold "as cheaply as possible", and the t-shirts do (or did) have to be produced for an amount of money that is certainly higher than the profit margin and is indeed "lost" when freely giving the purchased product away. The profit margin that could have been obtained by selling the t-shirts is an additional loss if they are limited in number, or irrelevant if they are produced on demand.
    So how about making this opt-in? Some are happy, some are not, so just limiting the giveaways to those who want them does seem to lower the cost significantly. We could make a list of people who want it. ToBeFree (talk) 14:34, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I appreciate the sentiment, but I also repectfully would like to decline the offer and have removed myself from the list. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) 02:12, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I decline too but thanks for the thought. I am trying to live with less material belongings - even books ... Shyamal (talk) 03:01, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks for the thought, but the Wikipedia Library is a great gift. Espresso Addict (talk) 03:16, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Sdkb: I am not opposing this, but this feels like saying "we dont appreciate your edits/contributions if you are not an admin." There are a lot of (active) editors on en:Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits/1–1000 with non-botlike edits who are not admins. Well, most of them are not admins. Just sayin. Also, I dont mind such bulk nominations. That WMF money would be well spent, better than speding it on one photo. @MelanieN: I dont think of it as compensation, our (all the editors') work here cant even be evaluated, it is more like a token of appreciation. —usernamekiran (talk) 03:32, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Usernamekiran: I agree that tons of our most valuable editors are admins without tools, and I tried to speak to that in the last paragraph of the nomination. There's no perfect way to create a list of all editors deserving shirts (using edit count has its own issues), but I hope this nomination builds some additional awareness of the merchandise giveaway program and leads to future nominations for other deserving contributors. Cheers, {{u|Sdkb}}talk 03:53, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Sdkb: Between the nominees, and the comments, I lost the last paragraph. Kindly accept my apologies. To be honest, you and me share exact same point of view. Admin talkpages have a big number of watchers. I hope it spreads the awareness, and nominating worthy editors becomes long lasting trend. —usernamekiran (talk) 05:17, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support. I always like free stuff. Which I can then autograph and sell on eBay wear to the gym. (Seriously...thanks for the consideration. If this goes through I'd love one.) --Ser Amantio di Nicolao (talk) 04:10, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks for the nomination, but I have enough stuff from my time working for WMF before certain members of management decided that office politics and self-advancement were more important than anything else. Anomie (talk) 04:31, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment Wow, thanks for the nomination. 16 years and I finally might be getting some swag! If not then no hard feelings, I will probably just buy it. HighInBC (talk) 06:15, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment Thanks for the nomination. It is appreciated. Mjroots (talk) 06:29, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks. I did get one a few years back, so I might not be eligible. --Rschen7754 07:19, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment Thanks for that, it is muchly appreciated. I'll proudly display the nomination on my trophy wall. Wtmitchell (talk) 09:11, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support - thanks for thinking of us. Never had a nomination before. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 12:53, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment - Ooh, thanks for the thought, even if I'm not one of the chosen ones. Deb (talk) 12:54, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment - very kind of you to make this nomination, Sdkb, and I'll be happy to accept if the nomination goes through. Obviously I'm not here for any sort of material gain, and I probably end up giving the WMF back any gains I may have made by donating, but I do certainly enjoy receiving something like this - as indeed I enjoyed occasional wins at en:Wikipedia:The Core Contest/Winners - as a validation of the work I'm doing here. Also, I take the above point that admins aren't really a special class and there are many highly deserving Wikipedians who don't have the mop - perhaps there are separate merch noms to be created for them - but that doesn't mean the people on this list don't deserve it - all have contributed significantly to the project. Amakuru (talk) 13:09, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment great idea, but as I virtually never wear t-shirts I've removed my name, I'd rather someone else get it who would wear it. Doug Weller (talk) 13:38, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • What, is this Fakebook's Meta? Just let me post my nonsense. So strict! El C (talk) 14:31, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I changed the YouTube link to a diff, but Meta was still super-angry. Maybe if I link the diff internally it'll work...? Nope, it did not. Even internally-linked diffs from en are spam. Okay, Meta: GG. El C (talk) 14:40, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment. I have removed my name. And I would ask that User:Sdkb pause this idea until they have had confirmation from each person nominated that they wish to be involved in this. I understand the spirit in which this is intended. However, not all of us are supportive of the WMF. And not all of us would be supportive of donations being spent on giving away merchandise in this way. If anyone wishes to thank me for something I have done, then a personal message or a barnstar is always appreciated. I would always much prefer the thanks of a fellow Wikipedian over a piece of merchandise from the Foundation. SilkTork (talk) 14:33, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    What he said. Iridescent (talk) 14:57, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Per ToBeFree below, if this is approved, no one is going to be sent a shirt unless they consent to it, as the WMF needs to collect shipping info, so it effectively becomes opt-in at that point. I think using that rather than creating a list below probably makes the most sense, as that minimizes the number of notifications needed to ensure everyone has a chance to opt in. The WMF will still be able to get a sense of the numbers then and take as long as they need. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 17:05, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks so much for the nomination. I realise this is now opt-in but I'm proactively removing my name since I am currently employed by the Foundation. Thanks again! — fox 15:10, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you for the nomination. I am not sure yet whether I would accept if this is approved (there are points for and against) but regardless of how this all unfolds, I do sincerely appreciate the kind gesture. Crazycomputers (talk) 19:38, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I appreciate the nomination! 💜 I do however believe the Foundation could find better use for the money (I'll buy a t-shirt for the thought!) -- TNT (talk • she/they) 01:45, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you, but I'll just buy one if they come back in stock someday. SQLQuery me! 02:05, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I too appreciate the sentiment, but will decline on the basis of me being staff. I got a t-shirt through this program some years ago as a volunteer, anyway. Better to award those who don't yet have any merch. Thank you nonetheless! MusikAnimal talk 03:55, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks for the kind thought, but no thanks. Cabayi (talk) 12:32, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Note from the coordinators - see below Seddon (talk) 21:23, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks for the nomination, but one is sufficient for me. stwalkerster (talk) 13:23, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Oops, it looks like the "who has shirts" page is missing some entries. Apologies to you and anyone else for whom this is a duplicate nomination! {{u|Sdkb}}talk 18:37, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support doing this as a nice gesture for anyone who wants it, although personally I'll opt-out since I have more than enough wiki swag already. Thank you for the thought and for kicking this off Sdkb! the wub "?!" 14:53, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • The WMF should consider offering an "I'm an active administrator on Wikipedia and all I got was this lousy t-shirt". Mostly kidding, but I would totally wear that.--Mojo Hand (talk) 16:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I think we all have one of those already. 0;-D --MelanieN (talk) 16:59, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you, but I am happy with being able to contribute. So I have removed myself. Cheers and happy editing. Lectonar (talk) 18:41, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you, I appreciate the inclusion and think this is a wonderful idea. I'm able to contribute to Wikimedia and rather a shirt be given to someone else who might not be as able to. Star Mississippi (talk) 02:37, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks, but I'm not eligible to receive this, as awards are only for editors "not under any local or global sanctions", See en:Wikipedia talk:Arbitration/Requests/Archive 16#Amendment request: Arbitration motion regarding Ritchie333 and Praxidicae (July 2021) Ritchie333 (talk) 08:56, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    I think it's safe to say that that sort of thing is definitely not what the coordinators had in mind when they added that restriction. We could change it or just proceed IAR with you and the other admins at w:WP:Editing restrictions included, but regardless you very much deserve to have your shirt. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 20:30, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Comment Comment I also appreciate the sentiment very much, but I prefer to not provide personal identifying information for delivery or pickup. As such, I have removed my name from the list. Northamerica1000 (talk) 06:42, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Question I've been offline from Wikipedia for most of the last 2 weeks. Is this still actively considered? If so, I'll opt-in. (Anyone with minimal Google skills can find out my real name & address in less than 15 minutes, so I'm not worried about my personal information getting out: that horse bolted from the barn decades ago.) -- Llywrch (talk) 18:37, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Llywrch, yep! The note from Seddon below is the latest update from anywhere official. You're welcome to add your name to the opt-in list below, although it's not fully clear at this point how the process will work if this is approved and at what stage it makes most sense to gather the opt-ins. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 20:11, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thank you for the nomination, but I've removed my name. I was gifted a t-shirt at Wikimania 2014, and between that, Wikimanias and Wikimedia UK I was able to wear a different movement-related t-shirt every day at Wikimania 2016 (the most recent one I was able to attend) and the majority of them are still in good shape. Especially given the concerns about the size of the nomination, I simply feel that there are people more deserving than me. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 00:42, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks for the thought, but I don't need any shirts. Could always use more moral support, though! Dealing with conflict on here is taxing. — Omegatron (talk) 14:11, 15 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support – Admins certainly deserve a lot more good stuff than they get. They put up with guff from unregistered vandals, ungrateful editors and a slew of other crap, not to exclude all my edit requests made since I first registered. :>) P.I. Ellsworth - ed. put'r there 15:40, 4 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Opt-in[edit]

So who of those on the list would be happy about receiving one?

  1. David Gerard[1]
  2. TheSandDoctor[2]
  3. Jpgordon[3]
  4. Urhixidur[4]
  5. Grutness[5]
  6. Ser Amantio di Nicolao[6]
  7. HighInBC[7]
  8. Mjroots[8]
  9. Wtmitchell[9]
  10. Lee Vilenski[10]
  11. Deb[11]
  12. Amakuru[12]
  13. ToBeFree (talk) 15:00, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Secretlondon (talk)
  15. BDD (talk) 17:25, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Delirium (talk) 19:46, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Stifle (talk) 22:53, 1 January 2022 (UTC) (United Kingdom, if it matters)[reply]
  18. Zanimum (talk) 05:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  19. Jonathunder -- thank you, and I won't look a gift shirt in the mouth. Jonathunder (talk) 13:51, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  20. Kusma (talk) (in the UK). Thanks for the nomination, I've long wanted a Wikipedia shirt but I don't want to order one from the US. Kusma (talk) 17:01, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  21. I'd love one. thanks! --Jayron32 (talk) 17:45, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  22. After an unintentional wikibreak over the holidays, this is a pleasant surprise. Thank you! Slambo (talk) 00:17, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  23. I got a T-shirt at the 2012 Wikimania, and finally threw it out last year because it was worn out. I'd love a replacement!.-Gadfium (talk) 00:46, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  24. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 04:50, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  25. Materialscientist (talk) 22:46, 4 January 2022 (UTC) (I should also be eligible through a past nomination)[reply]
  26. HickoryOughtShirt?4 (talk) 05:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  27. rogerd A very pleasant surprise after 16+ years. Thank you. If not, I may buy one. --rogerd (talk) 18:01, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  28. This is very thoughtful, thank you. I may be moving and changing residential addresses soon though so if possible, I would like it if I could receive shirt a little while later. Gizza (talkvoy) 13:12, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  29. I don't wear or use products with brands or company names on them because I don't like to be an advertising bulletin board but this is a case where I would make an exception and proudly display the Wikipedia or Wikimedia name. Liz (talk) 20:11, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  30. I hope that I'm not too late! --Aristo Class (talk) 11:42, 16 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I mean, this is opt-in anyway and we probably don't need this list. We probably also don't need name removals during the nomination. If the giveaway is accepted by the WMF, all users on Sdkb's list are notified by the team and can then choose to contact the WMF at merchandise(_AT_)wikimedia.org for receiving their t-shirt. They can also simply choose not to do so. ToBeFree (talk) 15:12, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The WMF would probably appreciate an idea of numbers. A dozen people accepting, all in the US, is a considerably cheaper undertaking than potentially shipping 400+ items to all corners of the globe. Iridescent (talk) 15:15, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support. I think this is a great initiative. Based on work at WP:ITN and WP:DYK at the minimum I would want these below ITN and DYK admins to be be opted-in unless they opt-out when contacted by WMF. Also, I see many editors rightly saying that they would want to be prudent on WMF's spend. But, getting a T-shirt is the least that we can do to acknowledge some of the work that some of the admins do. Good luck. Ktin (talk) 18:46, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Admins active at WP:ITN and WP:DYK
As above, so below. Testing: saleswoman, salesperson. El C (talk) 19:54, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Huh. Just the men then, what do you know. El C (talk) 19:56, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support The nomination is a nice idea... and it allows people to gratefully/grumpingly accept or decline and all will see the recognition.... and just because this identifies one group it doesnt mean that other heroes/heroines don't exist. Victuallers (talk) 11:22, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support a nice way to show appreciation for our admins. I do support the hold for the time being, however, and it will be interesting to see how this pans out. EpicPupper (talk) 21:01, 6 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support, but Neutral Neutral if the shirts don't follow the admin t-shirt design :D Theleekycauldron (talk) 19:46, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

On hold[edit]

Hey all, admins should feel free to continue to note interest but I'm putting this request on hold for the time being. This hold is not an assessment of the merits of these users and their contributions, nor of this proposal. Admins on en.wiki and across all wiki's do a profound amount of work for the movement and without them we wouldn't be able to function. It's just simply that this is request is way beyond the usual scope of this process which is low volume and not designed for en masse requests and it sets a precedent for other categories of users; and across the other project and language communities. The logistics of that could be huge and the challenges of international shipping presents huge challenges and the expectations of communities simply could not be realised for all. So before people spend too much energy here and before knowing about this might proceed, and also considering its a holiday period; I'd like to just to take a moment for a pause so the coordinators can engage with staff to assess options. Seddon (talk) 21:18, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Restating that admins should feel free to continue to note interest. Seddon (talk) 12:47, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the update, Seddon! That's very understandable—let us know if there ends up being anything we can do on the community end to ease the logistics, and thanks for the work you and the others on the WMF side do to run this program. Cheers, {{u|Sdkb}}talk 21:47, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Query the appropriateness of Merchandise giveaways[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Coordinator note: This nomination page isn't the appropriate venue for this discussion and has been moved to Talk:Merchandise_giveaways

The Merchandise giveaways scheme appears to have been created by a WMF account on the English Wikipedia in 2012: [13]. There may have been some consultation with the community, but I haven't found any. Most of the nominations are not well attended; there are a number with just the nomination and then the acceptance, so in essence this has the same value as a barnstar, yet costs money. Money that does not belong to the nominator, nor to the WMF. The money comes from donors, the majority of whom would not be aware that their money is not going towards maintaining the encyclopedia, but toward internal, unpublicised gifts. As such there are ethical concerns here. Examples:

A) Do the communities want donated money to be given away like this when a barnstar would (and should) serve the purpose of acknowledging good works. There are some users, like Gerda who operates the Precious scheme, who echo this Merchandise giveaways scheme in that an individual gives an award to someone they feel has done good work. The main difference is that schemes like Precious do not take money from donations and so are fully in the spirit of Wikipedia. This merchandise scheme is more business orientated, and does not match well with a volunteer community.

B) Do the donors want their money to go to a scheme which is little known, little attended, and which has at best (and possibly less) the same intrinsic honour value as a free barnstar or free Precious. That the WMF are pausing on this mass nomination underlines the point that there is a monetary value to this gift which is not given by the nominator. No matter what the final decision, that there is a pause is significant. If Sdkb has created a special barnstar and mass nominated a bunch of people to receive it, then there wouldn't be any issue at all. It would have been gratefully received by everyone. So, questions:

  1. ) Was there consultation with any Wiki community about this scheme?
  2. ) Does the Foundation feel the cost is justified for a scheme which few people seem to be aware of and use?
  3. ) What is the Foundation's ethical justification for using donors money in this way when there are existing schemes for thanking and incentivising users which are well known, popular, successful, and free? (And please do not say that saying thankyou to someone is more significant when there is a monetary value attached, as that would be insulting to the thousands of us who work unpaid on this project because we value it beyond money)
  4. ) What do the communities feel about this scheme?
  5. ) How aware are communities of this scheme?
  6. ) Should there be a RfC on if the scheme should continue or be folded?

I want to make clear that I feel Sdkb has done this nomination in good faith and with the best of intentions. It is not Sdkb's mass nomination I am questioning, it is the existence of the Merchandise giveaways scheme. SilkTork (talk) 20:00, 2 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Imranqazi90[edit]

Status:    In progress
Why is this user awesome?

Imranqazi90 joined 2 years ago and are currently an admin on the Kashmiri Wiktionary. They are doing a great job in maintaining the Wiktionary with more than 9000 edits. Literally it is their hardwork which keeps the project working. I would therefore love to nominate them for a T-shirt. I hope this T-shirt will make them feel good.

Comments
  • Support Support as nominator اِفلاق (talk) 05:17, 5 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Oppose. Please send the user a Barnstar or your personal thanks, or buy them a gift out of your own money. Please do not give away donors money on these little known and little attended internal gifts. SilkTork (talk) 17:38, 25 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    SilkTork, not trying to change your vote but a little confused with your rationale. Merchandise giveaways don't just apply to big wikis. --Ferien (talk) 19:38, 9 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Hi Ferien. The wording is "little known and little attended internal gifts" not Wikis. This gift offer is known to only a few people. Nominations have been made by only a handful of people who were aware of the gift. It effectively has been a personal gift from one person to another, paid for out of donors money. BarnStars are free, are well known, and for most recipients are a badge of honour and recognition. اِفلاق should give Imranqazi90 a BarnStar, or if they feel that Imranqazi90 deserves a gift, they should pay for that themselves. SilkTork (talk) 09:01, 10 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @SilkTork Thankyou for your view. I do respect your view about using donor money in place where it is needed most. Some people may think of this as a waste of money, but if this encourages editors to continue to contribute, I won't align with the view of it being futile. Some small Wiki's are existing due to the hardwork of few users. A small token of love from the foundation creates a positive impact. Without exaggerating, the work Imranqazi90 has done on Kashmiri Language projects is extraordinary. Since this program is active, I don't feel any obligation not to nominate them. However, your view is a valid point, you can raise such issue in a better place about closure of the Merchandise giveaway program. But I think the oppose is totally out of context here. (Renamed user) 511KeV (talk) 15:00, 10 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mr.TallBoy[edit]

Status:    In progress
Why is this user awesome?

He is one of the committed editor of Kinyarwanda wikipedia rw.wikipedia. it beats my understanding how he gets time to edit and do other things.

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  • Support Support as nominator Ndahiro derrick (talk) 16:40, 11 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Oppose. Please send the user a Barnstar or your personal thanks, or buy them a gift out of your own money. Please do not give away donors money on these little known and little attended internal gifts. The WMF may be wasteful of people's donations, but that doesn't mean the community of volunteers should follow their example. SilkTork (talk) 17:41, 25 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support, Let's appreciate their work. 511KeV (talk) 13:25, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Panini![edit]

Status:    Done
Why is this user awesome?

Panini is an incredible contributor and is a perfect example of what a wikipedian should be, consistent, nice, concise and cool. There is no doubt in my mind that Panini is deserving of this shirt.

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Approved Approved --janbery (talk) 20:34, 31 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

JPxG[edit]

Status:    Done
Why is this user awesome?

JPxG is hard-working, trusted and competent. His work spans many areas; he's an avid content creator, having 42 DYKs, 2 ITNs, 24 GAs, and 1 FA to his name, a vandalism patroller, and a regular contributor to The Signpost and now co-Editor-in-Chief.

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Approved Approved --janbery (talk) 22:47, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Novem Linguae[edit]

Status:    In progress
Why is this user awesome?

Novem Linguae is awesome for many reasons, but one of the areas they really excel in is creating userscripts. They're an extremely knowledgeable editor and are always willing to lend a hand to other Wikipedians.

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