DCCWiki:Barnstar

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It is the custom to reward DCCWiki contributors for hard work and due diligence by awarding them barnstars. To give the award to someone, just place the image on their talk page, and say why you've given it. Don't hesitate: be bold!

The concept of the barnstar as a DCCWiki award was created by SunirShah on MeatballWiki. The concept has since been imported into DCCWiki.

Barnstars

A barnstar

A barnstar is a decorative motif found on barn structures in the United States and Germany.

Originally a decorative form of wall anchor, barnstars were also meant to represent the mark of the builder; over time, however, they became more frequently used for aesthetic purposes. They are most popular today after the American Civil War.

Barnstars are seen not only on barns, but on many older buildings, often of brick. A long steel rod is passed entirely through the building; a star on either side is threaded onto the ends of the rod and they are tightened. This helps to keep the structure from collapsing. A heavily starred building should be examined for failure of the mortar, and may require tuckpointing or more drastic repairs.

Today, in the Pennsylvania Dutch area, barnstars are known as hex signs but no rods go through the center. Some hex signs still incorporate the star.

Barnstars are very commonplace in pre-war Richmond, Virginia on large buildings such as factories.

Barnstars in Internet culture

Some wiki communities (notably Wiki and MeatballWiki) have adopted the barnstar as a symbol of good work, specifically in relation to the metaphor of barn raising as representing collaborative effort toward a common goal. The idea is that a user can be "awarded" a barnstar by the image being placed on the page associated with that user, and thus thanked for their work toward the community.

Barnstars at DCCWiki

The following are the barnstars and awards currently in use, in order of creation.

General barnstars

General Barnstars are awarded not for work or contributions that do not fall into a specific DCCWiki category, but instead that descibe contributions or editing along a specific theme.

Image What to type Description
The Original Barnstar {{subst:The Original Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Original Barnstar

This barnstar, the first on DCCWiki, is given to recognise particularly fine contributions to DCCWiki, to let people know that their hard work is seen and appreciated.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Editor's Barnstar {{subst:The Editor's Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Editor's Barnstar

Occasionally known as the Deletionists' Barnstar. Sometimes, text removal is the most effective editing. This barnstar is awarded to individuals that display particularly fine deletions, omissions, reductions, reversions, blocks, bans, and other removals.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Working Man's Barnstar {{subst:The Working Man's Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Working Man's Barnstar

The Working Man's Barnstar may be awarded to those who work tirelessly and endlessly on the more laborious or repetitive of DCCWiki tasks.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Minor Barnstar {{subst:The Minor Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Minor Barnstar

Minor edits are often-overlooked, but essential, contributions to the DCCWiki. The Minor Barnstar is awarded for making minor edits of the utmost quality.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar {{subst:The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar may be awarded to those that show a pattern of going the extra mile to be nice, without being asked.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Barnstar of Diligence {{subst:The Barnstar of Diligence|message ~~~~}} The Barnstar of Diligence

The Barnstar of Diligence may be awarded in recognition of a combination of extraordinary scrutiny, precision and community service.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Surreal Barnstar {{subst:The Surreal Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Surreal Barnstar

The Surreal Barnstar may be awarded to any DCCWikipedian who adds "special flavor" to the community by acting as a sort of wildcard.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Tireless Contributor Barnstar {{subst:The Tireless Contributor Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Tireless Contributor Barnstar

The Tireless Contributor Barnstar may be awarded to especially tireless DCCWikipedians who contribute an especially large body of work without sacrificing quality.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Photographer's Barnstar {{subst:The Photographer's Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Photographer's Barnstar

The Photographer's Barnstar is awarded to those individuals who tirelessly improve the DCCWiki with their photographic skills and contributions.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Graphic Designer's Barnstar {{subst:The Graphic Designer's Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Graphic Designer's Barnstar

The Graphic Designer's Barnstar may be awarded to those who work tirelessly to provide DCCWiki with free graphic files, either original or a version of a known design (e.g. a country's flag).

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar {{subst:The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar

The Defender of the Wiki may be awarded to those who have gone above and beyond to prevent DCCWiki from being used for fraudulent purposes.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Barnstar of Good Humor {{subst:The Barnstar of Good Humor|message ~~~~}} The Barnstar of Good Humor

The Barnstar of Good Humor may be awarded to particularly light-spirited DCCWikipedians who, by their unshakably good humor, consistently and reliably lighten the mood, defuse conflicts, and make the Wiki a generally better place to be.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar {{subst:The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar

The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar (formerly the Anti-Vandalism Barnstar) may be awarded to those who show great contributions to protecting and reverting attacks of vandalism on DCCWiki.

This barnstar was introduced by Tazzytazzy on February 17 2006.

Award templates

{{award|image=Barnstar.png|topic=The Original Barnstar|text=I award this [[DCCWiki:Barnstar|Barnstar]] to WikiPerson for their great efforts designing articles.}}

Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
I award this Barnstar to WikiPerson for their great efforts designing articles.

{{award2|Barnstar-lightbulb3.png|I award this [[DCCWiki:Barnstar|Barnstar]] to Thomas Edison for his heroic work lighting lightbulbs.}}

[[Image:Barnstar-lightbulb3.png Award]] I award this Barnstar to Thomas Edison for his heroic work lighting lightbulbs.

{{barnstar|image=Barnstar.png|text=I award this [[DCCWiki:Barnstar|Barnstar]] to Wiki Jane for her heroic work fighting vandals.}}

I award this Barnstar to Wiki Jane for her heroic work fighting vandals.