A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. – Napoleon

The Wikipedia Awards comprise the honour system of Wikipedia. Many of them are considered part of the Kindness Campaign and are meant to promote Civility and WikiLove throughout Wikipedia.

Traditionally, those considered of the highest esteem are those bestowed honoris causa personally by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. Ordered by number of inductees, these are the Order of the Day (5), founded in 2001, followed by Wikimedian of the Year (7), founded in 2011.

Participators of the Wikipedia community may reward vigorous Wikipedia contributors for their hard work and due diligence by awarding them a fitting barnstar, or other award.

In addition to these virtual awards honour system, editors may nominate someone to receive a gift in the mail as Wikipedia:Merchandise giveaways from the Wikimedia Foundation.

If you have questions, WikiProject Wikipedia Awards is a group of volunteers who help guide these pages.

Conferred honoris causa by Jimmy WalesEdit

Order of the DayEdit

The Order of the Day, founded in 2001, may be awarded to a Wikimedia developer or technical person for exceptional service to the community. It is seldom awarded and may only be bestowed by Jimbo.

Wikimedian of the YearEdit

Wikimedian of the Year (formerly known as Wikipedian of the Year) is an annual award established in 2011 by Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales, traditionally presented at Wikimania to highlight major achievements for Wikipedia by an individual Wikipedian. In addition to the main award, "Honorable mentions" has been conferred to selected Wikipedians.

Awards by the Wikipedia communityEdit

Editor of the WeekEdit

Wikipedia:WikiProject Editor Retention/Editor of the Week is a recognition award to thank editors for excellent work, established by the Wikipedia community in 2013. The Editor of the Week recognition is intended to demonstrate appreciation of an editor's positive behaviours and collaborative spirit.


Barnstars are used on Wikipedia to reward users who make outstanding contributions in a particular area. To give someone an award, all you have to do, is copy the code from the table onto the talk page of the person you want to give the award to, and tell them why you have given it to them. There are many types of barnstars to choose from; if you are sure your choice is appropriate — don't be shy!

Service awardsEdit

Service awards may be self-awarded dependent upon number of contributions and the length of service.

WikiProject awardsEdit

A WikiProject award is awarded for substantial contributions towards a particular WikiProject.

Other related awardsEdit

Other related awards In addition to barnstars, there are several other awards as well. While barnstars are generally reserved for a long-standing pattern of excellence, the following awards are more often given to honor specific actions or events.

Personal user awardsEdit

In the Personal user awards, there is a wide range of awards to choose from, from the "Golden Wiki" award, for users who have made outstanding contributions, to the "Son of Jimbo" award, for users with the last name "Wales". So the next time you think a user has made a significant contribution, or basically anything else, why don't you give them a reward to show your gratitude?

User-sponsored awardsEdit

See alsoEdit




Recognition given to all Wikipedians:

Conferred by the Wikimedia FoundationEdit

Merchandise giveawaysEdit

Wikipedia:Merchandise giveaways is bestowed by the Wikimedia Foundation upon request by the Wikipedia community: "In addition to sending WikiLove or Barnstars, you can now nominate an editor to receive an extra special gift in the mail to thank them for their spectacular contributions and help them show off their love of the projects to those around them."