Wikipedia:Kindness Campaign



Some Wikipedians have formed a project to improve the quality of life here at Wikipedia through Kindness and Recognition of Users. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there. New participants are welcome; please feel free to join!

Scope and goals


The goal for the Kindness Campaign is to show recognition of people's determination and to give peace and love across all of Wikipedia!

How you can help

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

Anybody can help by making even the smallest gesture of kindness.

  1. Identify any user who has gone unthanked for too long – which are many users – and recognize their efforts.
  2. Make an effort to recognize somebody for a history of fine work, or a specific exceptional effort.
  3. Sign the rolls of the kindness campaign below.
  4. Add a link to this page on your user page, or the KC user box, and encourage others to join our campaign.
  5. Assess your peer KC members and give them an award if suitable. Perhaps many are signing up for the KC because they hope to get an award back as return!

How to give recognition


A common, but not exclusive, way of recognizing somebody is by giving one of the chronically underused barnstars to somebody deserving; a complete list of the most common awards we use can be found at Wikipedia:Barnstars. You can also send them Thanks for an edit they made. You can also recognize somebody by posting to the WikiProject: A nice cup of tea and a sit down. If you have any other ideas for how to recognize somebody, please share it on our Discussion Board!

Ending arguments


The Peace Doves are a peace offering, or truce, that you offer to someone whom you have had an argument with recently. An apology or note equipped with one of the Peace Dove images presented on a user talk page can easily make someone's day, resolve disputes, and quickly dissipate harsh feelings.

Image What to type Description
{{subst:Peace dove 2|message ~~~~}} Peace Dove

The Peace Dove is a peace offering to other users. Introduced by Borisblue.

{{subst:Peace dove|message ~~~~}} Another Peace Dove

Another version of the Peace Dove

{{subst:Olive Branch|message ~~~~}} Olive Branch of Peace

The Olive Branch of Peace may also be given as a sign that a user wants to reconcile a long-standing difference.

{{subst:Nice cup of tea|message ~~~~}} A nice cup of tea and a sit down

A nice cup of tea and a sit down is a place to publicly declare what it is that you like about other members of the community, or their contributions. The goal is to create goodwill, and perhaps assist the dispute resolution processes that occurs on other pages, or if we're lucky avoid disputes at all. Introduced by Borofkin

Avoiding arguments


Sometimes discussions may escalate and become heated. This template may be used to help calm the contributors, which may lead to more efficient resolution of the issue(s). This template may be used as a talk page header or among other headers and banners at the TOP of the page. It may also be included within a section to bring its message directly to those who are trying to resolve an issue. Add this at or near the TOP of a talk page in the following manner:


Spreading kindness


These other images can also be useful for spreading kindness, recognizing those who do so, and comforting those who need it. You don't need to be told how and when to use them. This is not a bureaucracy.

Image What to type Description
  {{subst:ThePurpleStar|message ~~~~}} The Purple Star, given to Wikipedians who have been hurt by others, for example by having their user pages vandalized, being mistakenly blocked (for too long, or affected by range blocks), being personally attacked, etc.
  {{subst:The Mediation Award|message ~~~~}} The Mediation Award, awarded to Cabalists, Mediators and Arbitrators who do an excellent job on a specific job, or just a great job in general. Created by Sango123
  {{subst:The Third Opinion Award|message ~~~~}} The Third Opinion Award, awarded to Third Opinion Wikipedians who do an excellent job on a specific job, or just a great job in general.
  {{subst:The Wikignome Award|message ~~~~}} The WikiGnome Award
For your small (but still useful!) wikignome edits without clamoring for attention, the WikiGnome Award is hereby awarded. -- Jreferee 01:34, 21 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  {{subst:The Angel Heart Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Angel Heart Barnstar
  {{subst:The Good Heart Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Good Heart Barnstar, given to Wikipedians who clearly demonstrate a good heart, showing kindness and courage, making their fellow Wikipedians feel good about themselves even if they disagree.
  {{subst:Friendship Barnstar|message ~~~~}} The Friendship Barnstar, given to fellow Wikipedians to let them know their friendship is important and valued. Originally created by User:Ched Davis and made into a barnstar by User:Hydroxonium
  {{subst:The Dive Right In Award}} The Dive Right In Award, for newcomers who have jumped right into administrative tasks, especially (but not only) if they are generally doing a good job but may be struggling a bit. No optional message; your signature will automatically be added in the appropriate place.
  7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.

To give a Dobos torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

Sympathy and well wishes

Message. (i.e., get well soon)

[[File:FEMA - 34132 - FEMA community relations worker and resident hug in Arkansas.jpg|thumb|left|Message get well soon]]{{clear}}<--signature here-->

Discussion and awards


From the Kindness Campaign's subpages




Here are a couple of templates that will hopefully make it easier to add barnstars and other images to user's talk pages. You do not have to use them, but they're here if you want them.

 This user is a member of the Kindness Campaign.

The template for this userbox is: {{user KC}}

 This editor has been awarded the
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar  

The template for this userbox is: {{User:DangerousPanda/Userboxes/Barnstars/Random Acts}}

 This editor has been thanked
by these Wikipedians.

The template for this userbox is: {{User was thanked}}

 This editor has thanked
these Wikipedians.

The template for this userbox is: {{User has thanked}}

The Rolls of the Kindness Campaign


To see our full list of participants, please click here. If we were to show them all, the page would be about four times the length!

See also