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The WikiCup

This page explains the rules for the 2015 WikiCup, that were established after extensive discussion and polling on the talk page and elsewhere. Hopefully, having the rules codified like this will prevent any confusion or the need for mid-competition clarification. Further, hopefully, discussion has been extensive enough that we will not need to make any major changes mid-competition. However, the judges reserve the right to adjudicate in the spirit of the rules, rather than to their letter.

The most important rule is that the WikiCup is just a bit of fun — at the end of the day, we're all here to improve Wikipedia. The second most important rule is to treat Wikipedia and other users with respect. If through the WikiCup any participants are hurting the encyclopedia (whether through abusing the rules/systems, creating a negative atmosphere, or whatever else), they will be removed from the Cup. To quote Durova, winner of the 2009 Cup, "Wikipedia is the real winner". Let's hope we can keep it that way.

If in doubt, ask. You shouldn't need to worry too much- the bot will do all the difficult calculations, and is usually very accurate. The rules will not change mid-competition, though clarifications will occasionally be added to this page.


2015 points
Featured article Good article Featured list Featured picture Featured portal Featured topic Good topic Did you know? In the news Good article & peer reviews
200 30 45 20 45 10 per article 3 per article 5 or 10 10 4

General rules[edit]

  • Submit your content to your submissions' page including all necessary links. See this page for more information.
  • You may usually only score points in a round for content which has been promoted, or reviews which have been completed, in that round.
    • An exception exists for content promoted or reviews completed after the end of a round, but before the start of the next. In these cases, points may be awarded for the round afterwards, though submissions' pages should not be updated until the start of the round.
  • All reviewed content must have been worked on significantly by you during the competition to receive additional points. "Drive by" nominations are not permitted. This does not mean that you have to be the primary author, though it is preferable. Merely copyediting or wikifying an article does not constitute "significant work", but if you are one name on a joint nomination, you may claim points. If this is abused, the judges reserve the right to not award points.
  • Content must have been worked on and nominated during the competition. If something was worked on or nominated in an early round, you may still claim points if it is recognised in a later round, but you may not claim points for articles you have not worked on during the competition. Again, this is to prevent abuse, not to deny you your points. As long as you are not abusing the system, you should be fine.
  • In the spirit of fair play, contestants have two weeks to nominate their work after promotion (for good and featured content), appearance on the main page (for did you knows and in the news articles) or the completion of reviews (in the case of good article reviews and peer reviews). Work submitted after this time is no longer eligible. In case of illness, vacation or real-life issues, please notify a judge on his or her talk page, or by email, and a decision will be made as to its eligibility by the judges.

Specific rules[edit]

Featured articles[edit]

  • You must declare your WikiCup participation if you review another WikiCup participant's FAC.

Featured pictures[edit]

  • Generally, the picture should have been created by you (either photographed, drawn, or created in some other way) or been given significant restoration work by you or been released under a free license because of your efforts. Merely uploading a file you have found elsewhere does not constitute "significantly working on" the image.

Featured portals[edit]

  • The content featured in the portal does not need to have been created by you, only the portal design and selection itself.

Featured and good topics[edit]

  • Points are awarded per article in the topic that was worked on by you. If you would have a right to claim points for the promotion of the article to good or featured status, you have the right to claim points for its promotion as part of the topic, even if you did not nominate the topic.
    • This applies even if the work on these articles was not done this year, as long as you have done significant work on at least one article in the topic this year.
  • Promoting an article that is already within a featured or good topic does not get additional points for the topic. Adding articles to a topic does gain points, but only points for the article added. You do not get points for articles already in a topic when a new article is added.

Did you know?[edit]

  • Articles with at least 5kb (that is, 5120 bytes) "readable prose size", whether expansions or new articles, are worth 10 points. Shorter DYKs are worth 5 points. The bot will calculate which category the article falls into, but a tool to help judge can be found here. Please report any mistakes on the WikiCup talk page. Attempts to game this will not be looked upon favourably.
  • Points cannot be granted until the article has actually been featured on the main page. Merely being approved by a reviewer does not count. If a hook is being held for a specific date after the end of the round and you need to claim the points, talk to the judges.
  • For hooks with multiple articles, every article is eligible to score points independently, provided each meets the Did you know? guidelines. This does not mean you can claim for articles in the hook that you yourself did not work on.
  • Only articles eligible for DYK through being newly created or newly expanded fivefold (not newly promoted to GA status) are eligible for WikiCup DYK points.
    • It does not matter if the article becomes a GA before being featured on the main page; what matters is that it is eligible to appear on the main page due to being newly created/expanded fivefold.

In the news[edit]

  • Articles appearing on recent deaths are eligible for in the news points, subject to the normal requirement for substantial work by the nominator.

Good article & peer reviews[edit]

  • These rules are for when you are claiming points for performing a good article or peer review, not for when you are claiming points for writing a good article.
  • You may claim points upon the completion of a review, that is, when the article is passed or failed or closed.
  • Only reviews of a sufficient length will be counted; quick fails and very short reviews will generally not be awarded points. As a rough guide, no review shorter than 1000 bytes will be considered, though the judges reserve the right to remove other short reviews. This is not to say that such short reviews are not worthwhile, it is merely to say that they will not be recognised in this competition.
  • Third opinions will generally not be eligible for points. In the event that you take over a review from someone else for whatever reason, points may be claimed, provided a full review is given as usual.
  • Attempts to game good article reviews will be looked upon particularly harshly, and, more so than with any other process, people abusing the system will be removed from the Cup.
  • In addition to the above requirements, peer reviews must be reasonably comprehensive (not just image or sourcing reviews, for example) and the judges reserve the right to disqualify peer reviews that don't meet this standard.

Bonus points[edit]

  • Any article, list, or portal which exists on at least 20 Wikipedias, as of 31 December 2014, scores two times as many points if it appears on did you know, or is promoted to good article, featured article, featured list or featured portal.
  • Any article, list, or portal which exists on at least 50 Wikipedias, as of 31 December 2014, scores three times as many points if it appears on did you know, or is promoted to good article, featured article, featured list or featured portal.
  • Featured pictures used in articles which exist on at least 5 Wikipedias, as of 31 December 2014, score 5 additional points. Similarly, FPs used in articles on at least 20 Wikipedias score 10 additional points and those used in articles on at least 50 Wikipedias score 15 additional points.
  • A minimum of 5 bonus points will be awarded to any DYK article which has existed since 2009 or earlier (IE, 5 years before the start of the 2015 competition). In addition, older articles will be awarded 1 point for each year created before 2009. For example, an article begun in 2007 will receive 2 additional points for a total of 7. The bot will calculate this, but any mistakes can be reported on the WikiCup talk page.
    • Articles which were previously redirects or disambiguation pages are not eligible. Articles which have been moved during the time are eligible.
    • This bonus can be claimed in addition to any other applicable bonus; however, it is added after multiplication. For instance, a 6kb DYK article of a topic with an article on 25 Wikipedias which has existed since 2007 would be worth 27 points — (10×2)+7. The bot will calculate this.
  • This is the only content which will score more points. Other than this distinction, all content is equal.
  • Pages eligible for extra points will generally be awarded them by the bot.
    • Articles appearing on five or more Wikipedias on 31 December which did not appear on the English language Wikipedia on that date will not be seen by the bot. Please report any such articles on the WikiCup talk page.
    • Any other mistakes or issues should be reported to the WikiCup talk page.

What's changed from last year?[edit]

There are 6 changes and 1 clarification for 2015—

  • Featured articles are now worth 200 points, compared to 100 last year.
  • Featured pictures have been reduced from 35 to 20 points, but are now eligible for up to 15 bonus points
  • The bonus point system has been revised and simplified.
  • Recent deaths are now eligible for ITN points.
  • Peer reviews are now eligible for points like GA reviews.
  • Incremental bonus points have been added for DYKs with creation dates before 2009.
  • Submissions should be made within two weeks of promotion or appearance.