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WikiProject Report: Motto of the Day

Perhaps not the most conventional WikiProject, but Motto of the Day has been around Wikipedia since 2006—the first motto used was "Hair today, gone tomorrow!" on 11 April that year. The project has undergone many changes since then, and despite occasional lulls in activity is still going strong to this day. The Signpost interviewed six active contributors to MOTD, Hersfold, La Pianista, Nutiketaiel, Queenie, SimonKSK and Simply south, to learn more.

Hersfold

What first attracted you to MOTD?
Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?
What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?
What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?
How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?
And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

La Pianista

What first attracted you to MOTD?
Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?
What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?
What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?
How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?
And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

Nutiketaiel

What first attracted you to MOTD?
Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?
What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?
What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?
How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?
And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

Queenie

What first attracted you to MOTD?
Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?
What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?
What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?
How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?
And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

Little strokes fell great oaks, off the top of my head. Also, Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much, a motto which I was afraid would not pass, much to my dismay, because it's a great motto. As I said earlier, there are so many tedious mottos saying how FAs are the greatest, but this one shows that in the end, it's about Wikipedia.

SimonKSK

What first attracted you to MOTD?
Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?
What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?
What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?
How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?
And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

Simply south

What first attracted you to MOTD?

I'm not quite sure what did attract me first. I saw this on many users' userpages and that and thought it would be a fun place to do it. I did not start on it straight away but after seeing it a few times thought i would try it out i think.

Which part of the process are you most involved in? Why?

I am involved in multiple processes throughout this project, particularly the decision making and the archiving, although i do contribute new ideas every now and then. From some point in the past onwards i have helped with reshaping some of the project, as well as Hersfold, although most of the core has remained the same. This was partially discussed at User:Qae/MOTD. I think as many people have pointed out, my main area seems to be the decision making. I must point out that it seems more that the making of dicisions seems to be different according to different people. Btw, when referring to archiving, this simply means mottos in which decisions have been made are archived, not the decision making process. These I have done since nearly a year after my start in this project. As noted above i am also involved in the scheduling. Why? On the first few bacause i enjoy contributing to this project, simple. The scheduling because it needs to be done and forms the final and integral part of the project so when the day comes up, other people are able to see the final result. I would also like to point out that i'm not the only one involved in these processes.

What do you aim for or look for in a great motto for Wikipedia?

I look for anything that is funny and inspirational, or just have links that make sense. I do not have particularly high expectations just as long as it says something meaningful about the different processes and acts as a guide to both new and common users (editors and readers alike). The mottos themselves are interesting to read at times if you have never heard them before.

What area of MOTD is the most developed, and which needs most work, in your opinion?

Probably the nominations area although there are still cases of people proposing mottos elsewhere. Places that could do with improvement are FUI (a common abbreviation for Frequently Used Idea, an area noting where mottos have been done notable times before) which could do with updating, and the Approved page with which due to the reshaping has virually made that page obsolete.

How much of your Wikipedia time do you spend on MOTD, percentage-wise?

Without giving away too much, it really depends on the day ... guess 10–25% but it varies

And, just for fun, what is your favourite motto of all time?

A difficult question. There have been many that i have liked in the past and sometimes a simplistic (at least in links) one is very good e.g. And now for something completely different.... I doubt i would be able to say about one i liked which i promoted which was recent involving a teapot. There are many i like out there. I do remember that at one point there was one involving a red button or red link ...



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    Please see my comment here. Nutiketaiel (talk) 13:10, 4 February 2009 (UTC)[reply]




           

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