Wikichievements

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Wikipedia's original Barnstar
I'll put it in my trophy room, with the others.
The Scout

Wikichievements are one of the primary ways for editors to give each other a pat on the back and a token of appreciation for their hard work. They are inspired by Wikipedia's Barnstars, which are similarly given to editors by other editors for their dedication to Wikipedia; be it for a single edit (full-page re-write), informative image upload, or for their on-going effort in improving Wikipedia as a whole.

Wikichievements can be granted by any editor to another editor, depending on the type of Wikichievement; some are reserved by moderators and admins for administration-specific tasks, whilst the vast majority can be given to any user regardless of their number of edits, the age of their account, etc., providing the person awarding the Wikichievement finds that the recipient lives up to the criteria defined in the description of the Wikichievement.

Awarding a Wikichievement

Awarding a Wikichievement is incredibly simple. Put the following code on the talk page belonging to the user you wish to award a Wikichievement:

{{Award Wikichievement
| wikichievement = Name of Wikichievement.
| from           = Your wiki username.
| reason         = Reason for awarding Wikichievement.
}}

The wikichievement parameter requires the lower-case name of the Wikichievement you're trying to award; see here for all available options.

All three parameters are mandatory.

Considerations

Receiving or awarding a Wikichievement shouldn't be considered something you do every day; they are reserved exclusively for the people who go that extra step to make the wiki a more enjoyable place. Please consider this before awarding a Wikichievement.

Displaying Wikichievements on your user page

Displaying Wikichievements on your user page require two different templates; namely {{Wikichievement table}} and {{Display Wikichievement}}. Documentation for those two templates can be found on their respective pages.

Creating a Wikichievement

Creating a Wikichievement is not simply a matter of modifying a template; in technical terms it is, but the Team Fortress Wiki community has a strong vote in what counts as a valuable contribution. As mentioned previously, the defined criteria are only guidelines as it is up to the awarder to determine whether a person has lived up to the criteria or not. That said, meaningless Wikichievements like "You've made your first edit!", "You've uploaded an arbitrary image", etc. should be discouraged versus if a person creates a highly useful infographic – which increases the quality of an article tenfold – or routinely patrols the Recent changes list to edit minor errors or provides a number of bot filters to overall increase the quality of the wiki.

To suggest a new Wikichievement, go to Team Fortress Wiki talk:Wikichievements. Create a new section prefixed with [SUGGESTION] and detail your plans below.

List of Wikichievements

Wikichievement Author Introduced Notes
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Silent Contributor
Get a number of unnoticed, quality edits whilst appearing "invisible" to the Wiki.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Used to award those who tirelessly work without any steps to get recognition; often seen with translators who do not participate in discussions in the main namespace, IRC, or other resources, but still contribute heavily.
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Quality Editor
Re-write, or heavily expand, an article, to the point where it is considered great.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 A wiki is only as good as its worst page, or so Sun Tzu said. And I think he knows a little bit more about wiki editing than you, pal. This Wikichievement is meant for those who tirelessly work to clean up pages that have ended in a mess, and need serious revision.
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Oilin' the Cogs
Participate heavily in the TF Wiki Community.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 In order to run a well-functioning community, interaction between its members is crucial to keep it alive. A wiki is far more than simply an editing platform; it's a discussion board, a place to exchange ideas, and a place that ensures that it itself can grow. This Wikichievement is given for involvement in discussions on project pages, IRC involvement, inter-member gaming, etc.
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The Trivial Inquisition
Carefully moderate new trivia additions based on the value they add to the article.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Exactly what it says on the tin. For the people who tirelessly work cleaning out the trivia sections of the wiki, keeping them interesting, tidy, and note-worthy.
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Quick Draw
Moderate the Recent Changes queue and quickly revert vandalism and low-quality edits.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 This Wikichievement is given to those who work quickly and swiftly to revert vandalism and otherwise unneeded/unwanted edits, usually from the Recent changes queue.
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Bloody Merry
Spread happiness on your journey throughout the Team Fortress Wiki.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 What's a community without fun and games? Certainly not a very interesting one. This Wikichievement is awarded to those who serve as an inspiration to others and provide users with laughs and lulz.
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Audiophile
Contribute significantly to Files in the Audio category.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 When it comes to knowledge bases like the official Team Fortress Wiki, whose primary focus revolves around an interactive piece of multimedia, static text is often not enough. This Wikichievement is given to those who tirelessly upload and categorise relevant sound clips for use on the wiki pages.
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Tron-o-Matic
Provide technical edits to the Wiki, in the form of bots, configuration, or complex styling.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 A Wiki doesn't function if the technical aspects aren't working, and a lot of the work involved requires a fair bit of technical flair, especially with regard to banners, templates, bot filters, and so on, all of which keep the quality of the Wiki exceptionally high and approachable. The Tron-o-Matic Wikichievement is for these people.
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Show Me Your War Face!
Create a damn fine user page.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Do you know how to sell yourself? Well, you should do, on your user page. Because it might just earn you this Wikichievement.
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It's the Little Things...
Provide a large amount of edits, whose primary goals are to correct grammar, punctuation, etc.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Often, a misplaced comma or full-stop can make an article exceptionally confusing, a missing link can make the reader stop in their tracks and wonder what to do next, and a missing reference or citation can make the reader curious to see whether a statement is true or false. This Wikichievement is awarded to those who work to iron out the little kinks in the Wiki, and make it as easy to approach, one comma, one full-stop, and one link at a time.
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Parlez-Vous Français?
Provide help translating the Team Fortress Wiki to your language.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 The official Team Fortress Wiki supports a number of languages—these, however, are no good without adequate translations, allowing non-English speakers to take advantage of its information. This Wikichievement is granted to those who work tirelessly to translate the Wiki into their native language.
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Frontier Notice
Create new pages for recent contents and updates, keeping the Wiki up to date.

Moussekateer November 2nd, 2010 Given to those few who, upon the release of a new update, rush to the Wiki to document their findings, rather than play the game for hours on end.
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Photo Bomb
Continuously upload and add screenshots to articles.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 An article is just not the same without an appropriate screenshot (...if appropriate). This Wikichievement is meant for those who upload, tag, improve and add images to pages, looking to make them easier to comprehend.
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Market Analyst
Provide helpful contributions in the form of graphs, charts, or other diagrams.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Sometimes, an article can be vastly improved by adding interesting statistics visualisations, in the form of graphs, charts or other types of diagrams. This Wikichievement is for the people who aim to make the rest of our lives easier by providing us with appropriate diagrams in articles.
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Recruiter
Recruit new, helpful editors, who contribute actively to the Wiki.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Without fresh blood, a wiki can quickly become tiresome, old, and unmaintained. This Wikichievement is given to those who actively seek out new potential editors, instruct them in basic Wiki editing, and let them on their merry way – provided, of course, their recruits contribute actively to the wiki.
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Distinguished Editor
Provide invaluable contributions to a Featured article.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 Featured articles take up a large part of the Main Page. High-quality articles are considered to be featured here, and in order for one to be featured, the quality of the article must be near-perfect. This Wikichievement is awarded to those who take up large-scale projects like these, and end up with an amazing product.
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He is Risen!
Return to the Wiki and contribute actively after a longer hiatus.

Lhavelund November 2nd, 2010 People come and go, but some people return, even after a longer hiatus. This Wikichievement is awarded to those who return as active contributors after having been away for a fair amount. The Wikichievement was originally called "Back From the Dead Once Again?", a reference to Medieval 2.
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Jack of All Trades
Contribute many quality edits over many different sections of the Wiki.

Firestorm November 5th, 2010 This Wikichievement is for the editors which do not focus on one specific section or part of the wiki, but dedicate themselves to improve the wiki as a whole.
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Taskmonkey
Contribute to the Wiki by doing a lot of "manual edits", such as migration of data to templates.

Lhavelund November 7th, 2010 This Wikichievement is primarily intended for editors who do long, tedious tasks such as migration of information from standard tables to templates, and similar. Often these tasks are extremely repetitive and boring, but a definite necessity.
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Videographer
Create a video for the Weapon Demonstration Project which gets added to the Official Youtube channel.

Natemckn January 16th, 2011 This Wikichievement is a little reward to the many contributors who have been creating videos for the Weapon Demonstration Project.
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Lagg Pleaser
Successfully infiltrate and improve one of Lagg's most carefully monitored pages or avoid irritating him in one life.

Lagg March 8th, 2011 Most can agree that this is an achievement in itself.
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Haxtinguisher
Carefully monitor the Wiki and give your time to remove hax pages (such as autotranslated pages).

Tturbo March 8th, 2011 Some people tend to think that they can bend the rules of the wiki system to obtain a Wiki Cap easily without giving the time and the work necessary to being valuable. This Wikichievement is awarded to people that dedicate some of their time to cleaning after those other people, because cleaning requires generally a lot of time.
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Helping Hand
Help other users to improve the Team Fortress Wiki with constant tips and coordination.

Epic Eric August 23rd, 2011 It's natural that, with the constant updates and new players playing Team Fortress 2, new members may arrive on the wiki. Most of them can get lost and easily give up if they have trouble with the wiki code, Trivia guidelines, and so. The most helpful and community-minded members, however, will stop by their talk pages and welcome them to the official Team Fortress 2 Wiki, show them tasks they can do, and introduce them to the other members, allowing that several new contributors aid the wiki.
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3D Wizard
Create a 3D image for the 3D Models project.

Moussekateer September 23rd, 2011 A wikichievement reward for those that contributed to the 3D Models project.

Template listing

Thanks to

  • Seb26 for re-writing the {{Wikichievement}} template the first time, and introducing me to more information about {{#switch:}} statements,
  • WindPower for general templating pointers,
  • and RJ for re-writing it a second time, and teaching me more about template code, even more about switch statements, and troubleshooting the code

External links