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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 Wikipedian of the Year (7), founded in 2011.
If you have questions, WikiProject Wikipedia Awards is a group of volunteers who help guide these pages.
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.
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."
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 barnstar to choose from; if you are sure your choice is appropriate — don't be shy!
Service awards may be self-awarded dependent upon number of contributions and the length of service.
A WikiProject award is awarded for substantial contributions towards a particular WikiProject.
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.
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?