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Ideas to Enhance Today on Muppet Wiki

What about having a special tag or image that could go on all articles featured on Today on Muppet Wiki? How about having a Today on Muppet Wiki highlight --- members nominate and vote on their favorite past featured articles and the winners are put together in a special feature. George B. (talk) 05:20, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Well, a lot of times "Today on Muppet Wiki" isn't necessarily a superb article. Sometimes it's just something that's current, like the announcement of a new DVD or an upcoming talk show appearance. If you wanted to come up with the most loved articles, then that's something to think about, but I think Today on Muppet Wiki is too whimsical to be the core of that project. -- Danny (talk) 05:52, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with Danny on that, but George is onto something. Today on Muppet Wiki is kept in its own archive so that doesn't need to be chronicled with a special marking, but I definitely think something like a "Muppet Wiki Seal of Approval" tag would be great for articles that go above and beyond with their information. Some of these articles have been featured as Today on Muppet Wiki items, but overall one does not have to be the other. The awarding of this honor, like the Themes issue, can be a subjective and based in individual preference, so if it were to be put into place, it would definitely have to be something we vote on. However, I think the voting for something like this could work almost exactly like the Main Page picture nominations; nominate, specify a required number of needed votes, and a finite time frame for voting. Sounds pretty cool to me.. :) --Cantus Rock 18:20, 24 December 2006 (UTC)
That's a cute idea, maybe a weekly or biweekly award. If we can come up with a cute name and a cute graphic for it, then I'd be all for it. -- Danny (talk) 19:30, 24 December 2006 (UTC)
Hmm. Ideally, a cute name of that nature would tie into the content of the Wiki. I suppose we could call it Kermit's Seal of Approval or Bear's Seal of Approval :), but the only problem I see with something like that, I suppose, is somebody confusing it with an actual endorsement from somebody official. In the more mundane department, perhaps something like the Muppet Wiki Special Feature. I guess I'll have to think no this some more... George B. (talk) 04:11, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
May I submit (with paper *finally* done), The Fred Award. Since there's already a precedent, and what better than a bowling trophy to mark the articles so favored? -- Andrew Leal (talk) 06:04, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
Ooh, I like that. -- Danny (talk) 13:39, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
I like it too. It's clever and it's not so immediately recognizable that somebody casually browsing would mistake it for some kind of official endorsement. George B. (talk) 18:14, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
Okay, so are we going to get on this, then? I can design the graphic if nobody else here wants to, but I would imagine somebody else here probably has a better idea of how that should look, given that my Muppet interests tend to be more towards Bear in the Big Blue House and Sesame Street. George B. (talk) 16:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

I think denoting quality articles is a great idea. So to get the ball rolling on this idea and to move forward (as it sounds like people are for having some such thing). Wikipedia has "featured articles"; what if we did something like this? With a nomination process similar to this? Feel free to polish these ideas and continue discussion so we can get a system that works. 05:43, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

I like the graphic! I think the award should be given to those articles nominated and three votes cast in support. — Scott (talk) 17:29, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
I was thinking it would be a weekly award, voted in the same way as the Main page picture nominations. If all it takes is three votes, then almost anything could get the award. We'd have a bunch of Frackle pages in no time. -- Danny (talk) 17:36, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
I think the idea is not just to mark our personal favorite articles or simply pick best of the nominees, I think it should be to catch the best articles on the wiki. So here's my idea: Each week the award would be awarded to an article – and if there is a tie it could go to the multiple articles (and maybe in dire cases of poor voting/nominees that week, nothing would "win"). Users can nominate any article (only 1 nomination per user can be up at a time). Users can vote "support" (and say why) or "objection" (and say why!) for any nominee. They can vote their support/objection to as many nominees as they want. Scoring wise, supports are like "+1" while objections are like "-1". The winner needs at least a score of 3 (meaning at least 3 more supports than objections) and they have the highest overall score. Having people allowed to object give a "checks and balance" to prevent a bunch of bad pages getting in. And objections also give quality feedback to make an article better. Allowing users to support/object to multiple nominees prevents the winner from being just the best of the current nominees and turns out to be any article with that can get lots of support with little objections. -- Brad D. (talk) 19:47, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't like the idea of "awarding a trophy" to articles because they're "winning a contest." I figured the icon was supposed to be more symbolic than taken literally. I think it makes more sense to put together a category of our very best articles that match the criteria of Muppet Wiki:Quality articles. This is not a list of our favorite topics. We already do the weekly thing for "Today on Muppet Wiki," what's the sense in doing it again? — Scott (talk) 19:55, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree, its not a contest to get our favorite articles. It would be awarded to mark the best articles. -- Brad D. (talk) 19:59, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
Totally agree. The award should be given by merit, based on overall consensus and discussion. George B. (talk) 20:02, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
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