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Send Beers and Kittens with Wikipedia’s WikiLove Button

Written on June 27, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Wikipedia is all set to release their newest "Love" button this week with WikiLove.

The , which is expected to be launched on June 29, entitles all users to send special messages to other people through badges, , , and many more. As stated by , the purpose of this is to give compliments and appreciation to the editors, so they could engage themselves more to writing articles.

The company said:

“The drive for quality and reliability has led to the development of sophisticated automation mechanisms that aid in socializing new users to ’s norms, policies and conventions. The act of expressing appreciation for other users, by contrast, is a largely manual effort. Whether it’s welcoming new users, inviting users to participate in specific topics or discussions, recognizing effort using barnstars and trophies, or just sending a whimsical note, expressing appreciation is not an activity that is facilitated by the software — in spite of its known importance for people’s likelihood to want to edit.”

Starting on Wednesday, you can see a heart icon beside the Wikipedia’s watchlist star icon. Once this button has been clicked, you will be navigated to the WikiLove menu, wherein you can send the editors a special gift and notes as a sign of appreciation. Aside from sending Barnstars, Beer and Kitten, you can also create your own WikiLove gift. On the other hand, if you’ll likely to receive a WikiLove, the message will appear immediately on your talk page.

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