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The contest department of the Military history WikiProject aims to motivate increased quality in military history articles by offering a form of friendly competition for project members making improvements to them. The primary contest available is a simple rolling competition that awards points for improving articles, as originally developed by the LGBT studies WikiProject.

Translation contestEdit

Barnstars will be awarded to those who help reduce the backlog of notable military history articles that are available in Russian but not English. Full translation of 25 redlinked biographies and other military history articles from the lists will result in a Soviet Barnstar of National Merit; 50 will result in the awarding of the Translation Barnstar, 75 will result in the Writer's barnstar, and any user who translates 100 articles in full will be awarded the Rosetta Barnstar. Stubs or copy-pasted machine-translated content without copyediting will not be counted in the barnstar tally. Please ping PlanespotterA320 if you have questions about the contest.

General contestEdit

How it worksEdit

Instructions for contestants

The contest is simple in structure and administered by the project coordinators. The following instructions apply:

  1. The contest runs from the first to last day of each month. At the start of the month, editors may pre-emptively nominate the articles they intend on improving (and then have until the end of the month to make the improvements), or they may simply list the articles that they have worked on at the end of the month.
  2. Points are awarded based on an article progressing up the assessment scale. To be eligible, articles should be re-assessed within the scoring period.
  3. The claiming editor must have made a meaningful change to an aspect of the article that leads directly to an increase in its assessment rating. Such improvements can be focused on one or more aspects of the B-class criteria. For instance, adding references, improving structure or grammar, adding images, or expanding content; these changes should be significant and incidental changes should not be claimed. The claiming editor will be the main contributor (or co-contributor) to the article for the month.
  4. As articles are improved throughout the month, contestants should list their articles at WP:MHA for independent re-assessment, although it is acceptable to self-assess up to C-class.
  5. Once an article has been re-assessed, contestants are expected to update the entries subpage with the improved assessment class and the claimed points, based on the points table (see below).
  6. At the end of the month, no new entries should be added to the entries subpage until it has been reset by a project coordinator as part of the closing process (detailed separately in the instructions to coordinators).
Instructions for coordinators

Detailed instructions for coordinators can be found here.

Points table
Ending class
Start
/List
C/
CL
B/
BL
GA A/
AL
FA/
FL
Beginning
class
None/Stub +1 +3 +6 +11 +21 +26
Start/List +2 +5 +10 +20 +25
C/CL +3 +8 +18 +23
B/BL +5 +15 +20
GA +10 +15
A/AL +5


Contest entriesEdit

The beginning class of the article is the classification at the beginning of the month. Please add entries in alphabetical order by user name in the following form:

| [[User:Username|]] || [[Talk:Article name]] || Entry class || End class || Points || Checked
|-

Nominees should track their own entries, updating the table with the new classes and points claimed/earned as articles are reclassified (to avoid month-end congestion). This is self-scoring (but not self-assessing) so requests for assessments should be made through the normal channels (i.e. at WP:MHAR up to and including B-Class), although nominees may self-assess articles up to C-class at discretion. At month end, the closing coordinator will check the points claimed, sign the "checked" box, and tally each entrant's points up; and update the yearly scoreboard.

Note
Entries may be progressively checked through the scoring period. If a "checked" nomination is upgraded, the nominator must remove a notation that the nomination has been checked.


For the scoring period ending 31 August 2019Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
AustralianRupert 5 24
Chetsford 4 21
Djmaschek 2 12
Gog the Mild 1 15
Iazyges 3 16
Kges1901 3 17
Parsecboy 4 38
Peacemaker67 2 20
PlanespotterA320 7 42
Sturmvogel 66 9 71
Zawed 1 6
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
AustralianRupert Talk:II ANZAC Corps start C 3
AustralianRupert Talk:II ANZAC Corps Mounted Regiment start B 5
AustralianRupert Talk:2nd Light Horse Brigade start B 5
AustralianRupert Talk:5th Motor Brigade (Australia) stub B 6
AustralianRupert Talk:John Antill (general) start B 5
Chetsford Talk:Claude Batchelor none B 6
Chetsford Talk:Bert Cumby none B 6
Chetsford Talk:Jason Fettig none C 3
Chetsford Talk:John Philip Sousa Baton none B 6
Djmaschek Talk:5th Texas Infantry Regiment stub B 6
Djmaschek Talk:7th Texas Infantry Regiment none B 6
Gog the Mild Talk:Black Prince's chevauchée of 1355 GA FA 15
Iazyges Talk:Leontios B GA 5
Iazyges Talk:Tiberius III Start B 5
Iazyges Talk:Martinos None B 6
Kges1901 Talk:252nd Rifle Division B GA 5
Kges1901 Talk:Viktor Urbanovich None B 6
Kges1901 Talk:Honorary Revolutionary Weapon None B 6
Parsecboy Talk:Richelieu-class battleship C GA 8
Parsecboy Talk:Lyon-class battleship GA A 10
Parsecboy Talk:Royal Sardinian Navy B GA 5
Parsecboy Talk:List of battleships of Japan BL A 15
Peacemaker67 Talk:George Gosse GA A 10
Peacemaker67 Talk:Lionel Matthews GA A 10
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Vasily Ryazanov (general) - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Vasily Rakov - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Vasily Senko - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Nikolai Semeyko - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Nikolai Chelnokov - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Zakhar Slyusarenko - B 6
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Pavel Shurukhin - B 6
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:SMS Orjen B GA 5
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:SMS Csepel start GA 10
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:French destroyer Vauquelin (1931) stub GA 11
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:HMAS Perth (D29) B GA 5
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:List of battleships of Japan‎ GA A 10
Sturmvogel_66 Talk: Japanese cruiser Unebi‎ start GA 10
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Lyon-class battleship GA A 10
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:HMS Bulwark (1899) A FA 5
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Russian destroyer Gadzhibey B GA 5
Zawed Talk:Frederic Cutlack none B 6

Scoreboard: Military History Writers' Contest Cup 2019Edit

  • Note: Entrants should not update this during the contest scoring periods. The co-ordinator who closes the contest will update the scoreboard at the end of each month once entries have been verified.
  • Updated as of: July 2019
Contestant Articles
last month
Points
last month
Total
articles
Total
points
47thPennVols 0 0 7 42
Auntieruth55 0 0 2 16
AustralianRupert 6 37 33 176
Chetsford 7 36 22 90
Djmaschek 2 12 15 84
Gog the Mild 5 56 26 228
Kges1901 0 0 29 163
L293D 0 0 20 157
Parsecboy 8 52 64 430
Peacemaker67 4 35 25 184
PlanespotterA320 3 12 23 92
Sturmvogel 66 9 75 140 910
TeriEmbrey 0 0 1 3
Zawed 2 11 36 214

LogEdit

For the scoring period ending 31 July 2019Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
AustralianRupert 6 37
Chetsford 7 36
Djmaschek 2 12
Gog the Mild 5 56
Parsecboy 8 52
Peacemaker67 4 35
PlanespotterA320 3 12
Sturmvogel_66 9 75
Zawed 2 11
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
AustralianRupert Talk:3rd Motor Brigade (Australia) stub B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:20th Pioneer Battalion (Australia) new B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:4th Light Horse Brigade start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:Battle for Baby 700 start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:1st Armoured Brigade (Australia) GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:5th Light Horse Brigade Start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:The U.S. Air Force Blue None C 3 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:Music of the NOAA Corps None Start 1 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:United States Guards None C 3 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:United States Zouave Cadets B A 15 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:Douglas Albert Munro GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:Panther City Fencibles none Start 1 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:Ross Volunteers none C 3 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:4th Texas Infantry Regiment none B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 18:06, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:9th Texas Cavalry Regiment none B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 18:06, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Crécy campaign GA FA 15 Kges1901 (talk) 18:35, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Black Prince's chevauchée of 1355 - GA 11 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Crécy GA FA 15 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Siege of Calais (1346–1347) A FA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Calais (1349) GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:USS West Virginia (BB-48) B GA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:Royal Sardinian Navy NA B 6 Kges1901 (talk) 13:14, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:French battleship Richelieu C GA 8 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:French battleship Jean Bart (1940) C GA 8 Kges1901 (talk) 18:35, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:List of screw corvettes of Germany AL FL 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:HMS Ramillies (07) A FA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:53, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:Kaiser Friedrich III-class battleship GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:53, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:Braunschweig-class battleship A FA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:53, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:HMS Mallow (K81) GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:53, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Ba Congress Start B 5 Kges1901 (talk) 13:18, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Peter Badcoe GA A 10 Kges1901 (talk) 13:18, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Bill Kibby GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:53, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Grigory Okhay stub start 1 Kges1901 (talk) 13:19, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Ivan Polbin stub B 6 Kges1901 (talk) 13:18, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
PlanespotterA320 Talk:Alexander Molodchy start B 6 Kges1901 (talk) 13:18, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Russian battleship Dvenadsat Apostolov A FA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:HMS Ramillies (07) A FA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Lord Nelson-class battleship B GA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Type 39 torpedo boat B GA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:French battleship France GA FA 15 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:French battleship Iéna GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:French battleship Gaulois GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Japanese battleship Yashima GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:HMS Bulwark (1899) GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Frederick Fisher (soldier) start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:51, 31 July 2019 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Lionel Wigmore none B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:51, 31 July 2019 (UTC)




Older logs (April 2007–August 2009) may be viewed here. Other logs, featuring the new scoring system (September 2009 to 2016), are located here. The latest archive (2017–onwards) is here.

Past contestsEdit