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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 30 November 2019Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
AustralianRupert 1 5
Catlemur 1 5
Djmaschek 2 12
Harrias 3 16
Parsecboy 5 24
Peacemaker67 3 30
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
AustralianRupert Talk:Borneo campaign (1945) B GA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:06, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
Catlemur Talk:Battle of Sarantaporo Start B 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:06, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:10-pounder Parrott rifle stub B 6
Djmaschek Talk:8th Massachusetts Light Artillery stub B 6
Harrias Talk:Christel Boom start B 5
Harrias Talk:HMS Intrepid (1747) start B 5
Harrias Talk:Battle of Marshall's Elm none B 6
Parsecboy Talk:Liberté-class battleship GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:34, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:List of cruisers of Austria-Hungary List C 2
Parsecboy Talk:List of avisos of Germany List C 2
Parsecboy Talk:List of ironclad warships of Italy List B 5
Parsecboy Talk:List of heavy cruisers of Italy List B 5
Peacemaker67 Talk:Arthur Blackburn GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 16:57, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:1st Army Group (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) GA A 10
Peacemaker67 Talk:Yugoslav destroyer Ljubljana GA A 10

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: October 2019
Contestant Articles
last month
Points
last month
Total
articles
Total
points
47thPennVols 0 0 7 42
Arius1998 0 0 1 3
Auntieruth55 0 0 2 16
AustralianRupert 5 34 66 360
Catlemur 1 6 1 6
Chetsford 1 1 32 138
Djmaschek 3 18 22 126
Gog the Mild 1 5 28 248
Harrias 5 31 11 73
Iazyges 0 0 3 16
Kges1901 1 5 43 250
L293D 0 0 20 157
Parsecboy 7 55 92 701
Peacemaker67 3 25 35 269
PlanespotterA320 0 0 36 170
Sturmvogel 66 9 71 202 1355
TeriEmbrey 0 0 2 4
Zawed 2 10 44 257

LogEdit

For the scoring period ending 31 October 2019Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
AustralianRupert 5 34
Catlemur 1 6
Chetsford 1 1
Djmaschek 3 18
Gog the Mild 1 5
Harrias 5 31
Kges1901 1 5
Parsecboy 7 55
Peacemaker67 3 25
Sturmvogel 66 9 71
Zawed 2 10
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
AustralianRupert Talk:Battle of Beaufort (1945) new B 6 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:59, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:Borneo campaign (1945) start B 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:53, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:Battle of Balikpapan (1945) start GA 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:2/10th Battalion (Australia) GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 00:14, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
AustralianRupert Talk:20th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery start C 3 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:53, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Catlemur Talk:Massacre of the First Sapper Battalion none B 6 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:Fleet Review (Japan) none Start 1 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:08, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:15th Texas Cavalry Regiment stub B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:08, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:20-pounder Parrott rifle none B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:08, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:32nd Texas Cavalry Regiment stub B 6 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:53, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Calais A FA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:01, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Harrias Talk:Battle of Babylon Hill B A 15 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:38, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Harrias Talk:Capture of Wakefield GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 09:43, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Harrias Talk:Siege of Reading start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:01, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Harrias Talk:HMS Intrepid (1747) NA start 1 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:53, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Kges1901 Talk:Soviet destroyer Razyaryonny (1941) stub GA 11 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:59, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:SMS Roon GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:SMS Preussischer Adler GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:SMS Niobe GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:List of battleships of Japan AL FL 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:Lyon-class battleship A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:République-class battleship GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:Kaiser Friedrich III-class battleship A FA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Roy Inwood A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:55, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:2/10th Battalion (Australia) GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 00:14, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:SMS Niobe GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Soviet destroyer Razyaryonny (1941) stub GA 11 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Soviet destroyer Soobrazitelny (1940) B GA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:List of battleships of Japan AL FL 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Lyon-class battleship A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Japanese battleship Yashima A FA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Russian battleship Knyaz Suvorov GA A 10 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk:Japanese battleship Kawachi GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:57, 25 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk: Soviet cruiser Kalinin GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:08, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Sturmvogel 66 Talk: Vauquelin-class destroyer start GA 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 21:09, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Cyril Bassett A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:38, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:William George Stevens‎ B GA 5 Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:11, 30 October 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