A stand-alone button, or reaction, that expresses thanks and gratitude.
Being assigned to receive thanks increased two-week retention of Wikipedia contributors by 2 percentage points on average for newcomers and experienced participants across communities (p < 0.001).
This works as either a react icon for when users may 'like' content, or as a stand-alone button beneath content.
According to a study by Cornell's Citizen & Technology Lab, they: "organized 344 volunteers over the last year to thank 2,702 contributors to Wikipedia in Arabic, German, Polish, and Persian languages." They found that organizing volunteers to thank others both increased two-week retention of newcomers and experienced contributors by 2 percentage points on average, and caused people to send more thanks to others by 43% on average.
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Reduce online harrassment
Cuts down on the spread of misinformation