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The April 2018 Milhist Backlog Drive is a month-long edit-a-thon, which will run from 00:01 UTC on 1 April through to 23:59 UTC on 30 April 2018. The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project; however, only work on articles/pages that fall (broadly) within the military history scope will be considered eligible for editors wishing to claim points as part of the drive.

This year, the Military history project would like to extend a specific welcome to members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red, and we would like to encourage all participants to consider working on helping to improve our coverage of women in the military, although this is not the sole focus of the edit-a-thon and there are aspects that hopefully will appeal to pretty much everyone.

About the driveEdit

The backlog reduction drive is a four-week effort. It has been designed with the intent to allow members with a broad range of interests and skills to participate. This year the drive is focused on the following areas:

More specific notes about what these entail can be found below.

ScoringEdit

You will receive points for each article/page you work on, based on the schedule listed below.

Serial Aspect/Category Points
1 Tagging an article or non-article page for Milhist[Note 1] 1 point
2 Adding MILHIST task force(s) to an article or non-article talk page[Note 2] 1 point
3 Assessing an article against the Milhist B-class criteria[Note 3] 5 points
4 Updating the open tasks template on Milhist task forces[Note 4] 5 points
5 Updating or adding resources to a Milhist task force page[Note 5] 10 points
6 Creating a requested article[Note 6] 25 points / 50 points [Note 7]

Points can be claimed for multiple aspects for the same article. For instance, adding a project banner and a task force to the talk page will result in two points being awarded. Additionally, if a project banner and task force are added to an article's talk page, and the article is assessed by the same editor, 7 points will be awarded to that editor. The same applies for all other aspects/categories.

As collaboration is a key part of our project, where an article or page has been improved by more than one editor, all editors are entitled to claim points as part of the drive. It is expected, though, that editors will display fair dealing in how they claim points.

Please note: It is important that all new articles created as part of this edit-a-thon comply with the site's referencing and notability requirements per WP:V and WP:GNG. As such, to be eligible for points, any created article must be well-referenced. Spot checks will be carried out by project co-ordinators before finalising points at the end of the month, and ineligible articles will be discounted.

Notes

  1. ^ This refers to adding the Milhist project's banner – {{WPMILHIST}} – to the talk page, not to adding maintenance tags to articles.
  2. ^ If an article is already assigned to a task force, a point can still be claimed if a new (relevant) task force is added.
  3. ^ To claim points for this, all aspects of the checklist must be completed for articles assessed as being Start/List, C-class or B-class. Stub-class assessments are also eligible to be claimed.
  4. ^ This includes identifying requested articles, or articles that need clean up, citations, images or expansion. It can also include removing items that no longer need attention (e.g. a requested article that has since been created, or expanded, etc.) Please note, an editor can only claim points once per task force page, regardless of how many edits are made; however, to promote collaboration, multiple editors can claim points for updating the same task force page.
  5. ^ Each Milhist task force includes a list of resources that interested editors might find useful for improving articles within that task force's scope. Not all task forces have well developed lists so it would be a big help for editors to help expand these. These could include websites, books, journals, templates etc. For example, there is a relatively well developed list of resources at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific military history task force, but other task forces such as Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/African military history task force lack this treatment. Please note, an editor can only claim points once per task force page, regardless of how many edits are made.
  6. ^ Some example lists are provided below, but please be aware that these are not exclusive, as the goal is to encourage as much participation as possible so the definition of a "requested" article should be construed broadly, i.e. if there is a redlink somewhere, it is eligible so long as the article topic is notable and can be reliably sourced. Draft-space articles that are improved and then published in article-space are eligible to be claimed in this category. Conversely, though, the improvement of stub-class articles (or other articles that already exist in article space prior to the start of the contest) will not attract for points in this contest, although editors are encouraged to enter such contributions in the monthly Milhist writers' contest.
  7. ^ If a requested article is created in the drive period and achieves a B class or higher assessment (also in the drive period), 25 bonus points will be awarded, bringing the total to 50 points for a given article.

Useful linksEdit

Tagging and assessing: The following links can be followed to find articles to tag and assess:

Adding task forces: In regards to adding task forces, it is important to note that some of our task forces are underpopulated. For instance, Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Military logistics and medicine task force. As this is a relatively new task force, many articles that fall within its scope are currently listed in different task forces. Editors can help out by searching other task forces for logistics or medical related topics (or any other relevant topics for that matter), and adding the new task force to these articles.

Updating task force open task lists:

Updating task force resources: The following links can be used to find task force pages to update resources:

Requested articles: The following links can be followed to find requested articles:

Relevant guidelines: The following links may be helpful for writing articles that fall within Milhist's scope:

AwardsEdit

As a token of our appreciation for your efforts, the coordinators will be presenting service awards and barnstars based on the number of articles or pages you improve. The awards will not be cumulative, though, rather each participant will qualify for a single award based on the total number of points they accumulate.

To add a bit of friendly competition, the three editors who earn the most points by 30 April 2018 will be awarded bronze, silver and gold wikis. These will be in addition to the barnstars above.

The coordinators will post awards to your talk page within a few days of the end of the drive once entries have been checked and scores tallied.

How to participateEdit

To take part in the drive, please add your name to the list of participants and the points table below. Then, in alphabetical order, please create a new worklist section for yourself on the worklist page, here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/April 2018 Milhist Backlog Drive/Worklists.

Now you can begin working on articles in the categories listed above. For each article:

  1. Fix the listed problem by editing the article or its talkpage, or
  2. Create your article, then
  3. List the article under the appropriate category in your worklist section
  4. For any new article that is created, editors are encouraged to list the article for independent assessment at WP:MHA

Questions about the drive can be asked on the talk page here. In the first instance, please use the {{@MILHIST}} notification to gain a co-ordinator's attention.

ParticipantsEdit

To sign up, please add your sig block on a new line below (in alphabetical order):

  1. 47thPennVols
  2. Anotherclown
  3. ☕ Antiqueight haver 13:26, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
  4. auntieruth
  5. AustralianRupert
  6. Catlemur
  7. Cdjp1
  8. Cdtuba
  9. Deb
  10. Donner60
  11. DPdH
  12. Dumelow
  13. User:Ealdgyth
  14. Eddie891
  15. Gaia Octavia Agrippa
  16. GELongstreet
  17. Gog the Mild
  18. Ipigott
  19. Kges1901
  20. Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
  21. L293D
  22. Lineagegeek
  23. Lord Ics
  24. Meanderingbartender
  25. Miyagawa
  26. Molestash
  27. Noetherian Ring
  28. Raavi Mohanty
  29. Randomness74
  30. Reidgreg
  31. Robinvp11
  32. Rosiestep
  33. Sasuke Sarutobi
  34. Seraphim System
  35. TeriEmbrey
  36. Toreightyone
  37. Vermont
  38. ZLEA

Points tableEdit

Please note: Participants: please do not edit this table during the drive, other than to add a new line for your name (please add them in alphabetical order). The points will be tallied and added to the table by the Milhist co-ord that closes the drive at the end of the month.

Username Points Placing Entitlement Awarded
47thPennVols 829 Tireless Contributor AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Anotherclown 7 N/A N/A
Antiqueight 17 N/A N/A
Catlemur 1,056 Working Wikipedian AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Cdjp1 2,253 3rd Wikiproject / Bronze Wiki AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Cdtuba 1,616 Wikiproject AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Deb 555 Chevrons AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Donner60 182 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
DPdH 875 Tireless Contributor AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Dumelow 1,636 Wikiproject AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Ealdgyth 1,623 Wikiproject AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Eddie891 819 Tireless Contributor AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Gaia Octavia Agrippa 111 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
GELongstreet 2,534 2nd Wikiproject / Silver Wiki AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Gog the Mild 5,228 1st Wikiproject / Golden Wiki AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Kges1901 29 1-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
L293D 102 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Lineagegeek 6 N/A N/A
Lord Ics 274 3-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Meanderingbartender 247 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Miyagawa 100 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Molestash 1,410 Diligence AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Randomness74 205 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Reidgreg 519 Chevrons AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Rosiestep 49 1-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Sasuke Sarutobi 10 N/A N/A
TeriEmbrey 115 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Toreightyone 464 3-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Vermont 270 3-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
ZLEA 162 2-stripe AustralianRupert (talk) 09:39, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

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