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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)
I've created the following image of Tilkal in Bryce (Notice that in varying lights it can be red or green; I prefer red, but I shall upload the green just so you can decide which one you prefer):
It's pretty big, but that was just in case we might need it for something else. --Narfil Palùrfalas 16:17, 9 July 2006 (EDT)
And Tilkal in green:
Which do you prefer? --Narfil Palùrfalas 21:49, 9 July 2006 (EDT)

Well, I've had an idea for the voting for the "other" awards, such as most knowledgeable, etc. We could have it so that any nominations for the award would be posted on this thread. Then the voting would go on for, say, a two-week period of time. Anyone can vote, but at the end of that period the voting is closed and the award is given or denyed. It must be at least a 2/3 majority. I favor for voting the "Barrow-downs" approach: ++ Example or -- Example. Just an idea. This would also work for contests, though the period of time would be longer. --Narfil Palùrfalas 09:51, 10 July 2006 (EDT)

Well, on Wookiepedia, they have "Wookiepedian of the month", could we think of a similar title for us? -Lord Aragorn1414 15:14, 18 July 2006 (EDT)

Alright, I've written out a set of rules as a Word document and copied them here. Tell me what you think.

Gatekeeper Awards


Following shall be listed awards and their qualifications.

Highest Award: The highest award given to a Gatekeeper, only to the very best Keeper of the Seventh Gate – Qualifications: 2+ year participation, outstanding quality of work, advanced knowledge of subject matter, prominent membership, recognized excellence. 75% Votes.

Primary Awards: Primary awards are those most sought after; they reflect the overall status of the Gatekeeper Silima Award – Qualifications: 2000+ edits, exceptional quality of work, and the creation of at least ten prominent articles. 75% Votes.

Tilkal Award – Qualifications: 1500+ edits, exceptional quality of work, and the creation of at least five prominent articles. 65% Votes.
Mithril Award – Qualifications: 1000+ edits, high quality of work. 60% Votes.

Quality Awards: Quality is defined as an overall status of the writings, taking into play organization and content

Aulë Award – Qualifications: Exceptional quality of work, knowledge of subject matter. 60% Votes.
Telchar Award – Qualifications: High quality of work. 50% Votes.

Loremaster Awards: Loremaster/Knowledgeability Awards are for those who have a great knowledge of Tolkien’s works, and have put this knowledge to good use

Mandos Award – Qualifications: 750+ edits, high quality of work, proven knowledgeability to the point of encyclopedic knowledge. 50% Votes.
Rúmil Award – Qualifications: 500+ edits, proven knowledgeability. 50% Votes.
Lore Rating – These are self-given ratings (0–4) on general knowledge. No votes are required.

Activity Awards: Activity Awards are given to those who are prominent, dedicated, and generally active

Tulkas Award – Qualifications: 1000+ edits, high status of activity, talk is exceptionally logical and worthwhile, considerable contributions. 50% Votes.
Fëanor Award – Qualifications: 750+ edits, high status of activity, talk is worthwhile. 50% Votes.
Edit Rating – These are self-given awards, counting the number of edits (1) 500, (2) 1000, (3) 2000.

Gardener Awards: Gardener Awards are for those who are patient and hard-working; who even if they aren’t very knowledgeable they make Tolkien Gateway a better place

Yavanna Award – Qualifications: Active deletion of vandalism and Spam, active correction of spelling, grammar, and incorrect statements, high dedication. 75% Votes.
Samwise Award – Qualifications: Active general improvement of articles. 50% Votes.


For all awards but the Highest and Primary Awards voting shall be held for a month in a picked voting thread, which it is recommended that all users add to their watchlist. It is impossible that voters remain anonymous if someone wishes to find out, but they do not need to sign their names. They need only place (in bold) a ++Yes or --No under the columns designated. Highest and Primary Awards shall have a voting span of one month; all others two weeks. At the end of voting the nominator or a picked administrator shall count up the votes, and depending on the figures given above the award may or may not be awarded to the person in question.

Basic Rules:

Any Gatekeeper can nominate another Gatekeeper, but if they nominate someone who does not qualify to the technical qualifications the voting shall be stopped by an Administrator or another.
Anyone who votes more than once may be at an administrator’s discretion banned for a maximum period of up to two months. Anyone who sees such cheating should report it immediately by placing it on an administrator’s talk page, not in the main voting thread. Any votes for himself/herself shall be deleted and ignored thereafter. If the voting for himself/herself occurs frequently, they may be punished at a picked administrator’s discretion.

There was something else that I meant to put down, but I can't remember it. Remind me if I've forgotten something