Merchandise giveaways/Nominations

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Merchandise Giveaway

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.


English Wikipedia active administrators[edit]

On hold. Collapsing extended content.
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!

  • 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[reply]
I think we all have one of those already. 0;-D --MelanieN (talk) 16:59, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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[reply]
  14. Secretlondon (talk)
  15. BDD (talk) 17:25, 1 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  16. Delirium (talk) 19:46, 1 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  17. Stifle (talk) 22:53, 1 January 2022 (UTC) (United Kingdom, if it matters)Reply[reply]
  18. Zanimum (talk) 05:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[reply]
  21. I'd love one. thanks! --Jayron32 (talk) 17:45, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[reply]
  24. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 04:50, 4 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  25. Materialscientist (talk) 22:46, 4 January 2022 (UTC) (I should also be eligible through a past nomination)Reply[reply]
  26. HickoryOughtShirt?4 (talk) 05:13, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[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[reply]
  30. I hope that I'm not too late! --Aristo Class (talk) 11:42, 16 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[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_) for receiving their t-shirt. They can also simply choose not to do so. ToBeFree (talk) 15:12, 1 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[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[reply]
Huh. Just the men then, what do you know. El C (talk) 19:56, 1 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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 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[reply]

Restating that admins should feel free to continue to note interest. Seddon (talk) 12:47, 2 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[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[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[reply]

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


Status:    In progress
Why is this user awesome?

Balenda (see userpage on nl.wikipedia) is a very active longtime contributor (on the Dutch wikipedia) who does a lot of work keeping articles updated that concern Formula 1 and other kinds of motorsport. It is a LOT of work, but it is always fulfilled to satisfaction.

thanks for the nomination Saschaporsche! Balenda (talk) 07:44, 24 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]