This editor is a veteran of the edit wars (VEW).

This may be a bit of a vanity page, but I decided to move my awards here to reduce clutter. Nonetheless, if anyone would like to leave me an award, please do so on my talk page. Also, feel free to check if I have a barnstar for a similar reason. I don't see myself turning down an award, but I like to have some variety to pretend I'm well-rounded. Thanks.

Below are all the awards others saw fit to present to me for my contributions to Wikipedia. I decided to group these together with WikiProjects rather than chronologically.

The Typo Team Barnstar. Presented to Reidgreg for a neat solution to an obscure problem, showing care and determination from beginning to end, and the congenial way in which you worked with fellow editors. – Pdebee, 28 June 2016 The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star ×24. For copy edits of 100,000 words in backlog drives. – Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award (Gold) ×34. For 1st place in backlog drives, including a rare Quintuple Crown. – Guild of Copy Editors The 10k Copy Edit Barnstar ×8. For copy editing articles of 10,000 words or more in GoCE blitzes. – Jonesey95 The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar ×2. For patient and comprehensive reviewing. The Bronze Maple Leaf Award. Presented to Reidgreg for contributions to the first year of The 10,000 Challenge (Canada), Nov 2017 WIR World Barnstar with Laurels for writing 48 women's biographies during The World Contest, Nov 2017 The Guidance Barnstar ×3. For polite, prompt, detailed and uncondescending assistance, excellent guidance and firm reviews. The WikiChevrons ×2. For efforts during the April 2018 and March 2020 Backlog Drives – WikiProject Military History The Special Barnstar ×2. For outstanding contributions and in-depth collaborations.
The Barnstar Barnstar for identifying and encouraging good work by bestowing barnstars – Gog the Mild, 11 Nov 2018 Precious for quality article improvement as a copy edit gnome – Gerda Arendt, 24 November 2018 The Teamwork Barnstar for guiding project GOCE through choppy waters – Gog the Mild, 3 December 2018 Editor of the Week – Editor Retention Project, 30 December 2018 The Original Barnstar for mass message delivery – Stalinsunnykvj, 16 June 2019 The Silver Maple Leaf Award for an outstanding 5-article DYK that showcased high quality coverage of quintessential Canadian topics – Wugapodes, 1 July 2019The Three-Quarter Million Award for bringing Poutine to GA – Bilorv The Barnstar of Diligence for developing and sourcing content, and for your willingness to help – Yoninah, 16 Sept 2019 The Featured Article Medal for ensuring next month's TFAs are in good condition for the main page – Gog the Mild, 31 Oct 2019 The Reviewer Barnstar for completing 15 reviews in the April–May 2020 GAN Backlog drive – Harrias, 11 July 2020
noob involved been around veteran seen it all older than the Cabal itself

Recognition and criticismEdit

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. – Cicero

Praise is a fool, and you may make him useful. – Danish proverb

Our praises are our wages. – Hermione, in Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, act I, scene II

Hundreds of studies by behavioural economists and psychologists show that praise motivates constructive behaviour.[1][2] This can be particularly useful in a volunteer community which lacks tangible rewards. Excessive use of praise can, however, reduce its value if it is perceived to be undiscerning or exaggerated. While praise can be a motivating factor, honest criticism can also be invaluable in guiding individuals toward constructive behaviour.

On Wikipedia, a general practice of collegial editing was expanded by the Kindness Campaign into a system of recognizing editors by awarding barnstars for various acts and achievements, and strategies to measure such praise with criticism and to promote peace and understanding amongst editors. Although it takes a certain amount of time and energy to recognize editors, I feel that this is returned several times in overall participation.

I have awarded 632 barnstars, mostly through the Guild of Copy Editors, the 10,000 Challenge of WikiProject Canada, and the Million Award program. I also provide guidance at these WikiProjects and occasionally at WP:Third opinion, the WP:Teahouse, Category:Wikipedians looking for help, and on talk pages. For these various acts of guidance and encouragement I have received the following barnstars:

  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Thanks for your valuable time given for reviewing my work and pointing out areas that can be improved. Thank you sir. :) Vr parashar (talk) 21:56, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
The Guidance Barnstar (×3)

The Guidance Barnstar was awarded for:

  • Thank you very much for your polite, prompt, detailed and uncondescending assistance proffered to a brash newbie. It is much appreciated. I strongly suspect that I am far from the first to receive this unassuming support. It helps make Wikipedia the kind of place that people want to come back to. With kind regards, Simon Gog the Mild (talk) 9 January 2018
  • For your excellent guidance and firm reviews during October Blitz 2018, which helped me to learn better copyediting and stay motivated, I award you the Guidance Barnstar as a token of respect. Suman chowdhury 22 (talk) 21 October 2018.
  • For guiding me through three drives and two blitzes, and overall, giving me feedback on my copy edits. Thanks for the help, and good editing! – Ben79487 (talk) 2 April 2019
  The Barnstar Barnstar
By the authority invested in me by me I hereby award you the Barnstar Barnstar in recognition of your diligence over an extended period in identifying good work in others and encouraging it by the timely but discerning bestowal of barnstars. Long may you continue to award deserved barnstars. Gog the Mild (talk) 16:48, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Typo TeamEdit

  The Typo Team Barnstar
Dear Reidgreg,  
Thank you very much for your recent contributions to the Typo Team!
What a neat solution to such an obscure problem! I admire the care and determination you showed from beginning to end, and also the congenial way in which you worked with our fellow editor 117Avenue and with the Language reference desk to complete the task.
Thank you for all your other contributions to our encyclopedia, and good luck with all your Wikiprojects.
With kind regards;
Patrick. Pdebee.(talk)(guestbook) 16:08, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

This was my first barnstar, awarded a few weeks after I registered my useraccount. To some extent, I feel this may be an "enthusiastic newcomer's award" but it was a nice show of early encouragement while I was learning how Wikipedia functions. Not a lot of editors have received this award, and it's a bit of a distinction to be recognized for this sort of obsessive-compulsiveness by fellow obsessive-compulsives.

Guild of Copy EditorsEdit

Most of these were earned from participating with the Guild of Copy Editors (GOCE) in twenty-four blitzes and twenty-four drives, copy editing 891 articles for a total of 1,899,503 words (or 2,690,953 words with bonuses). Awards are presented in a gallery format to save space and avoid repetition.

The Copyeditor's Barnstar (×4)

The Copyeditor's Barnstar was awarded by individual editors:

  • For The Doctor (Doctor Who), a large article, and I truly appreciate that you took the time to go through the article and copyedit. Emir of Wikipedia, 4 November 2016
  • For your helpful copyedits to the article Disinformation, and your compliments about the improvements I've tried to make to the article over time. Sagecandor, 22 June 2017
  • For tackling the list of Haitians. You're a braver soul than I, 'cause I looked at it when I split out the list of Haitian artists and wussed right out. PMC, 8 July 2017
  • For your copy editing work on TAI Aksungur and intervention in its DYK nomination. I am very much grateful. CeeGee 28 June 2019
Snacks & drinks
   The Teamwork Barnstar
It is with great pleasure that I award this barnstar jointly and severally to Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Miniapolis, Reidgreg and Tdslk. It has been earned by the serene grace with which these editors guide GOCE through the choppy waters of Wikipedia while no doubt paddling like crazy beneath the surface. Both the paddling and the calm are much appreciated. Gog the Mild (talk) 16:21, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
  The Featured Article Medal
By the authority vested in me by myself it gives me great pleasure to present you with this award in recognition of the tremendous amount of work you have done to ensure that November's TFAs are in as good a condition as they can be before they hit the main page. Thank you. Gog the Mild (talk) 16:47, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

WikiProject CanadaEdit

Most of the small number of articles I've written have fallen under WikiProject Canada. I've also helped with maintenance and coordination on the usergroup's 10,000 Challenge, cleaning up the pages, advertising and promoting the challenge, and giving out awards to participants. For these and other efforts, I received the following awards:

  The Bronze Maple Leaf Award
This maple leaf is awarded to Reidgreg for outstanding collaboration throughout the edit drive and improvement of articles during The 10,000 Challenge of WikiProject Canada. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Jon Kolbert (talk) 18:58, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Hey Reidgreg, thanks again for your help with the Canadian Comedy Awards page a few months ago. And congrats on all your Barnstar awards! We just announced our nominees in the 18th CCAs and I was wondering when might be a good time to make additions to that page. If your offer of help is still available. sifr4 (talk) 00:29, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
  Thanks for you help with the Canadian Comedy Awards. Hopefully we can get other years done. Again, let me know what I can help with with anything you are specifically working on when it comes to the Canadian Comedy Awards. Mr. C.C.Hey yo!I didn't do it! 02:28, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
The Silver Maple Leaf Award

Awarded for an outstanding five-page DYK nomination that showcased high quality coverage of quintessential Canadian topics: poutine, peameal bacon, Made in Canada, and Canadian Comedy Awards. Thanks for the wonderful contributions. Wugapodes [thɑk] [ˈkan.ˌʧɹɪbz] 20:42, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

  The Three-Quarter Million Award
For your contributions to bring Poutine (estimated annual readership: 750,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Three-Quarter Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Bilorv (he/him) (talk) 23:39, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
Reidgreg, I am awed by your diligence, dedication, and expertise in developing and sourcing Canada-related content. Your contributions were invaluable for bringing The Precious Legacy to GA status and the Wayne and Shuster comedy routines to main page appearances on DYK. I am also grateful for your willingness to help! Wishing you much success in all your endeavors. Best, Yoninah (talk) 10:59, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Women in RedEdit

Women in Red (WIR) seeks to write women's biographies to remove redlinks and some of the gender bias on Wikipedia. In November 2017 I took part in WIR's The World Contest which was their most-successful editing drive at that time. I placed 16th overall, 3rd for North American biographies and 4th (tied) for women in healthcare, earning $45 in prizes. I only ranked 19th for prize earnings, as I didn't split into subcategories very effectively. (I ranked 1st for Canadian articles but there was no prize for that.)

  The World Contest Laurels
Congratulations for finishing in 16th place overall in the Women in Red World Contest!! – Dr. Blofeld (talk) 14:05, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

WikiProject Military HistoryEdit

While this is not a subject of particular competence for me, this WikiProject is very organized and really has its act together. They have many resources and set an example for other user groups to follow. It is a pleasure to work with them.

  The WikiChevrons
On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons for your efforts during the April 2018 MILHIST Backlog Drive. Thank you for your contributions. AustralianRupert (talk) 09:14, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
  The WikiChevrons
For scoring an impressive and monothematic 513 points in the WikiProject Military history 2020 edit-a-thon March Madness, I am pleased to award you this token of appreciation from the Project. Thank you, and well done. Gog the Mild (talk) 10:26, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

General editingEdit

  The Special Barnstar
Thank you for the recent DYK review. But the reason why I'm awarding you this barnstar is because I looked into the recent outstanding contributions you've done in other areas of this encyclopedia. I noticed you didn't have this barnstar, so now you can add it to your collection! Happy editing, MX (talk) 15:56, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

copy edit gnome

Thank you for quality articles such as Danzig Street shooting, Martha Chaves and Rebecca Jamieson, for coordinating project GOCE, for reviewing, for typo team help and "amazing fluff-trimming", looking for "clarity, consistency, conciseness, tone, minor layout and linking, reduced overlong plots" – you are an awesome Wikipedian!

Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:27, 24 November 2018 (UTC)}}

  Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week for December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019, in recognition of your great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)
  The Original Barnstar
This is for mass message delivery: June 12, 2019, and recent contributions... Stalin Sunny Talk2Me 16:33, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

The above barnstar was for catching a delivery error with a mass message, manually creating a temporary list for the missed recipients and re-sending. Mass messages is one of those quiet little corners of Wikipedia, and only gets a few requests per month as most users who regularly send newsletters can easily get the user right to do it themselves. It's sort of in my wheelhouse, though, as I can copy edit and cleanup outgoing newsletters, and it's nice to see what other WikiProjects are doing.

  Happy International Volunteer Day
Every Wikipedian is a volunteer, and you deserve this recognition. Thanks for contributing to Wikipedia. Abishe (talk) 05:55, 5 December 2019 (UTC)

The original image was deleted from Commons as there was no evidence of a free licence.

Article reviewsEdit

There are some other barnstars for reviewing above; those are more for reviewing edits by specific editors in a mentorship role. These are for thorough article reviews.

  The Reviewer Barnstar
Thank you for completing 15 reviews in the April–May 2020 GAN Backlog drive. Your work helped us to reduce the backlog by over 60%. Regards, Harrias talk 08:33, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
  The Special Barnstar
A colorful barnstar to say thanks not just for an in-depth review of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (soundtrack), but also your work on it, image suggestion, and great discussion. It's already been a pleasure. Kingsif (talk) 23:22, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Thank you so much for comprehensively reviewing 2 of my GANs in the span of just 8 days. And for being patient with me throughout the whole process. —Bloom6132 (talk) 14:22, 24 May 2020 (UTC)


I've only ever been self-trouted, but I have occasionally taken a wrong turn into Dramatown. I thought to include some of this poetry for a little balance. I try not to bear grudges and have kept names out of it, though diff links are provided for attribution requirements.

CC-BY-SA declaration; the following was copied from a talk page by Reidgreg (originally posted 12 Oct 2018, diff).

CC-BY-SA declaration; the following was copied from a talk page by Reidgreg (originally posted 14 Feb 2019, diff).

CC-BY-SA declaration; the following was copied from a project talk page by Reidgreg (originally posted 8 Nov 2019, diff).

CC-BY-SA declaration; the following was copied from a talk page by Reidgreg (originally posted 15 Dec 2019, diff).


  1. ^ Shirky, Clay (2010). Cognitive Surplus. ISBN 978-1-59420-253-7.
  2. ^ Shiller, Robert (2012). Finance and the Good Society. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-15488-0.