For discussion (moved to talk page)

I introduced this idea in The Nexus and it got some limited discussion there. We'll see if it has staying power and if people decide to use it. Here I'll repeat my answers to possible objections to barnstars. Please discuss on the talk page.

  • We already have awards here, thank you very much. We have three kinds: the badges, which you get automatically; the Stirling awards, which are given only once a year after a long voting process; and Featured status, which is also rarely given. Barnstars would be in a sort of middle ground between the two - a way to acknowledge quality work in an informal way.
  • You just want us to be like Wikipedia - we're not! The barnstar idea predates Wikipedia. If we want to avoid becoming too Wikipedianized we can call them something else.
  • Barnstars would just become a popularity contest. Pepole would use them to suck up to admins. People would give them out for no reason. People would show off their awards in an obnoxious way. Etc. Every system can be abused. If someone seemed to be misusing barnstars, you could call them out on it. But it's really about encouraging others.

Benkarnell (talk)

Barnstar design

Do the different designs of the Barnstars mean anything different? VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 13:33, January 26, 2012 (UTC)

Not now, anyway. I had thought (at first) that you could tailor the star to the kind of history being written, but obviously there's not enough variety yet to cover everything. If someone's doing mostly early-modern history, for example then the Chivalric Star would probably be appropriate; and I did make the Fallout Shelter sign with 1983 Doomsday in mind. My hope is that other people can think of other variations on the stars, too. Benkarnell 13:42, January 26, 2012 (UTC)

I got a good one in mind concerning communist China, replace the stars on the flag with Barnstar ones. I'll have it uploaded soon, VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 15:55, January 26, 2012 (UTC).

Here we go, my China/communism barnstar:

Sorry that took a while for me to get back to you, I got distracted :P

Anyway, you like it? I was thinking of a similar design of the early US flag, and the confederate flag, respectively. VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 20:26, February 3, 2012 (UTC)

I like! The stars really match the look of the flag. What if you used the wikipedia:National Emblem of the People's Republic of China, instead of the flag? It might look better as a "decoration." Benkarnell 17:24, February 5, 2012 (UTC)
Yeah that'd look better in decorative purposes. I'll make & upload it soon. What you wanna do with that China flag one then? VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 17:37, February 5, 2012 (UTC)
Asian stuff, Communist stuff... as of now, the different forms are just different options. If Barnstars become popular we can give them specialized "jobs;" as of now, for all we know they won't see any use.
So far I've given one, to Red VS Blue. His contribution had to do with kings and monarchy, so the chivalric collar was the obvious choice. Mitro gave one, for a Doomsday contribution, and he of course gave the Fallout Shelter sign. Benkarnell 17:40, February 5, 2012 (UTC)
Well I'll do that Chinese national emblem one, cause that would just look sweet :)
I'll try come up for some more for individual timelines too. I got 2 more flag ones in mind, but I'll have a look through some of the larger timelines & see if I get any ideas. VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 17:49, February 5, 2012 (UTC)

Okay, here's the new barnstar based on the PRC emblem. What ya think? VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 20:07, February 6, 2012 (UTC)

I also found these badboys. I think we should just use these ones since they're good already. This could be used as a bronze-age barnstar for example, or just a plain one. This one could be used for new world colonization timelines, or those timelines dealing with the discovery of the new world. Or is this just plagarism? VonGlusenburg (talk to Von!) 20:42, February 6, 2012 (UTC).

Hey, that's beautiful!
Pretty much any image on Wikipedia is OK to use here. In fact, were it up to me, we'd not be allowed to upload images from non-Wikimedia or other open sources. We're not nearly vigilant enough about copyright violations. But in this case, those WP images are open for us to use.
That second, brown one that you linked to was the base image for all of these stars. I re-colored it gold because that would be easier to integrate into other history-themed pictures. Benkarnell 22:38, February 6, 2012 (UTC)

Earning Them

how do we earn them? RandomWriterGuy 22:26, February 3, 2012 (UTC)

Barnstars are just "Thank you" or "Nice job" messages. Leave them on someone's talk page when you like something they did, and others can do the same for you. Benkarnell 17:24, February 5, 2012 (UTC)
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