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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.

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.

Prizes
  1. Each month, the participant with the highest number of points will be awarded the WikiChevrons, while the second place-getter will be awarded the Writer's Barnstar.
  2. The editor who has the highest accumulated total of points over the course of the entire year of contests (January to December inclusive) will be awarded the Military History Writers' Contest Cup.
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. Experienced members may check entries for the significance of a nominees contribution and the points they have claimed; if they are satisfied they should sign the "checked" box. 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. At month end, the closing coordinator will check the total points claimed and update the yearly scoreboard.


Cumulative scoreboard: Military History Writers' Contest Cup 2022Edit

  • 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: 31 August 2022
Contestant Articles Points
Catlemur 5 24
Djmaschek 23 125
Gog the Mild 17 185
Hog Farm 45 360
Kges1901 19 119
Ljleppan 1 5
Pickersgill-Cunliffe 16 132
Tomobe03 2 10
Zawed 36 223

For the scoring period ending 30 September 2022Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Djmaschek 2 12
Gog the Mild 1 15
Hog Farm 3 30
Zawed 6 34
Pickersgill-Cunliffe 2 10
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Djmaschek Talk:4th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Confederate) stub B 6
Djmaschek Talk:Donaldsonville Louisiana Artillery none B 6
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Ticinus GA FA 15
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Helena start GA 10
Hog Farm Talk:Fort Southerland GA A 10
Hog Farm Talk:USS Sidney C. Jones start GA 10
Zawed Talk:Harold North none B 6
Zawed Talk:Victor Verity none B 6
Zawed No. 490 Squadron RNZAF stub B 6
Zawed Talk:Basil Collyns B GA 5
Zawed Talk:Hugo Armstrong B GA 5
Zawed Talk:Owen Tracey none B 6
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Polycarpus Taylor B GA 5
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Alexander Wilson (Royal Navy officer) B GA 5

For the scoring period ending 31 August 2022Edit

Current contest scoreboardEdit

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Djmaschek 6 36
Gog the Mild 1 10
Hog Farm 3 28
Zawed 4 23
Pickersgill-Cunliffe 1 11
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Djmaschek Talk:1st Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Confederate) stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:2nd Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Confederate) none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Confederate) none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:12th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (Confederate) none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:28th Texas Cavalry Regiment stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:Louisiana Guard Battery none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:46, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Front Royal C GA 8 Zawed (talk) 07:49, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:CSS Missouri GA A (co-nom w/ Sturm) 10 Zawed (talk) 07:49, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Duckport Canal GA A 10 Zawed (talk) 07:49, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Winchelsea GA A 10 Zawed (talk) 07:49, 4 September 2022 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:No. 489 Squadron RNZAF start B 5
Zawed Talk:Basil Collyns none B 6
Zawed Talk:William Stratton (RNZAF officer) none B 6
Zawed Talk:Percy Morfill none B 6
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:HMS Resistance (1801) none GA 11 Zawed (talk) 07:47, 4 September 2022 (UTC)

Past contestsEdit

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.