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I have an idea. To encourage editors to edit, we could have three user templates - gold, silver, and bronze (or if you want more Tolkienish names Silima, Mithril, and Tilkal) - as templates for their user pages. For instance, a "bronze" template could be displayed on their userpage if they had 500 edits, silver if they had 1000 edits, and gold if they had over 2000 edits. Tell me what you think. --Narfil Palùrfalas 10:02, 20 June 2006 (EDT)

I love it! Some wikis have awards that can be given by anyone at random if they consider the user did something award worthy. This makes it difficult as people have different ideas for when someone accomplished something award-worthy. The edit requirement allows for at least some standard to be used. My only concern is that we might be focusing too much on edits when one person rewriting an entire article is much more helpful than simply a minor edit yet they count for the same. But I think in general the edit requirement is probably our best bet. We'll have to play around with some images, I definitely think the Tolkienish names you suggested are the way to go. We can also create other awards too like "Most active" or "Most knowledgeable" etc. because if we use the 500, 1,000, 2,000 standard people are going to have all the awards pretty fast. I kind of like 1000, 10000, 100000 :) Hm, we also need to make a good standard template that the award image is inside of, something that says "Award" at the bottom to identify the image and so if people have multiple awards all the images have the same theme. Great idea Narfil. --Hyarion 13:54, 20 June 2006 (EDT)

Only a relatively small amount of editors will ever reach 1000, and only the more active editors will reach 500. 2000 is certainly something to be proud of (on the other hand, Ebakunin reached it pretty quickly!). I see what you mean about the size of edits, but I don't see a way around it though. I really don't think anyone, excepting yourself, will ever reach 100,000 (unless they work for years). 10,000 may warrant a sort of "super-award", because only a few will reach it. Ideas for other awards are as follows:

  • Most active
  • Most knowledgeable
  • Best writing (needs a better title)
  • Hardest working (also needs a better title)

But with those we could give "character" awards. For instance, "most knowledgeable" would be, say, the "Gandalf" award (other suggestions include Bilbo or Rúmil). "Most active" would be Aragorn (or Fëanor). "Best writing" might be Bilbo. "Hardest working" could be. . . I would have to think about that one. On the other hand, we might have titles. "Most knowledgeable" would be Loremaster award, or etc. Just some ideas. Anyone can add to the list above. --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:31, 20 June 2006 (EDT)

I uploaded the following image for the "Silima" award:
I am looking for a good Mithril image (see Talk:John Howe - Mithril), but I can probably create good Tilkal in Bryce. --Narfil Palùrfalas 21:29, 24 June 2006 (EDT)
Not to rush you or anything, Hyarion, but I was wondering if you had started the templates (I sure wish I knew how to do that. . .). Anyway, I'll try and get the Tilkal image done. Should the image be of a chain or just a close up of the texture? I favor the former. --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:51, 8 July 2006 (EDT)