Welcome to the tenth edition of The Bugle for 2019!
This month's article news section highlights the FAs, FPs and A-class articles promoted in September. The book reviews section features Hawkeye7's and Nick-D's assessments of three works. Hawkeye also brings us an op-ed on the important subject of writing military biographies.
Turning to special events, our September edit-a-thon Backlog Banzai was a huge success, with 27 editors participating. Thousands of articles were tagged or had task forces added, 4,413 articles were assessed including fifty Good Article nominations, many project pages were updated and dozens of new articles were written. To generate a bit of friendly competition, awards were handed out for those that finished with the top three scores at the end of the month. Vami IV was awarded the Golden Wiki, Gog the Mild was awarded the Silver Wiki, and PINTofCARLING was awarded the Bronze Wiki. Well done and thanks to everyone who participated!
In other news, the quarterly reviewing awards have been handed out: Peacemaker67 doing 97 reviews and just pipping CPA-5 with 93 reviews at the top of the table, and Nikkimaria in third with 64 reviews. Three more editors were awarded the WikiChevrons for really impressive reviewing work last quarter, and a total of 31 editors contributed at least one review. Nearly 500 reviews were done by members of the project. This contributes to our amazing throughput of quality articles. For example, aided by the incentives in Backlog Banzai, Sturmvogel 66 had 36 articles promoted to GA in September. That's more than one a day! Great work! Also, as part of the September reviewing frenzy, Harrias completed their 100th Good Article nomination review, and CPA-5 passed the 25 GAN mark! Great stuff!
On the Good Topic front, Parsecboy's 30-article Screw corvettes of Germany was recently promoted. Well done on a sustained effort over a considerable period of time.
The election for the XIX Coordinator Tranche concluded on 29 September. Peacemaker67 was re-elected as Lead Coordinator. Nine other Coordinators were also elected, including three editors new to the job: CPA-5, Gog the Mild and Векочел. Congratulations to all the new tranche, and thank you to everyone who voted!
Your editors, Ian Rose (talk) and Nick-D (talk)
- The contest department has completed its 146th round of competition in September. A total of 94 articles were submitted by 10 editors. Sturmvogel 66 took out the competition with 262 points from 40 articles, while Parsecboy came second with 108 points from 10 articles. Sturmvogel 66 has been awarded the Chevrons for their achievement, and Parsecboy has received the Writer's Barnstar. AustralianRupert, Kges1901, Harrias, Zawed, Peacemaker67, Chetsford, Arius1998, and TeriEmbrey also contributed entries. Points will go towards the 2019 Military History Writers' Contest Cup, which will be decided at the end of the December contest. Please submit any articles you are working on for the next round of the competition now.