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Welcome to the Military history WikiProject's February–March 2014 backlog reduction drive.

About the drive[edit]

2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. A global war that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918, it resulted in over 38 million combatant casualties, and profoundly impacted upon the course of the 20th century.

In an effort to focus the Military history WikiProject's attention on this event and improve our coverage of the conflict ahead of the anniversary, project members are invited to take part in a backlog reduction drive early in the new year. This drive is a six-week effort to reduce the backlog of World War I military history articles needing attention and military history articles with incomplete B-Class checklists. These articles have been flagged as needing particular types of improvement to achieve B-Class status; by reducing the backlog, the drive will simultaneously help the project achieve its 10% B-Class milestone target. The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 February 2014 and runs until 23:59 UTC on 15 March 2014.

A brief explanation of the B-Class criteria is available here, and more detailed information on meeting the criteria is available in this FAQ.

Scoring[edit]

You will receive points for each article you improve, based on the category in which it is listed. If an article is listed in more than one category, you can submit it multiple times, once for each category of improvement you make. You will receive points for each category so long as it is assessed as meeting the B-class criteria for that category following your improvements. As such, once you have improved an article, it should be listed at WP:MHA for independent assessment. Please do not self assess articles you have improved.

Serial Category Points
1 World War I articles needing attention to coverage and accuracy 20 points per article
2 World War I articles needing attention to referencing and citation 15 points per article
3 World War I articles needing attention to grammar 10 points per article
4 World War I articles needing attention to structure 5 points per article
5 World War I articles needing attention to supporting materials 5 points per article
6 World War I articles assessed as Stub-class 5 points per article
7 Military history articles with incomplete B-Class checklists 5 points per article
8 Unassessed military history articles 5 points per article
9 Assessing articles listed at WP:MHA 5 points per article
10 Military history articles with no associated task force‎ 1 point per article
11 Wikipedia:Vital articles/Expanded/History#Modern history, 170: Any World War I-related articles listed in the Vital articles 150 points per article

To qualify for the points detailed above for the first six categories, you must have contributed to the article content within the scoring period. For the sixth category, 5 points are awarded for improving an article to any extent that sees it removed from the stub category (e.g. regardless of whether it becomes a start, C or B class article it will attract the same score). Points are also offered for articles that are removed from the seventh, eighth, nineth and tenth categories by assessment action only (i.e. you complete an incomplete B class checklist, assess an unassessed article or one that has been listed at WP:MHA, or you add a task force to the talk page (if an article meets both of these criteria, you may list it twice). In this regard, 5 points are offered per article you assess against the B-class criteria during the drive.

The final category listed above, number 11, is a special bounty category. There are currently four World War I-related articles listed as Vital Articles here: Balkans Campaign (World War I), Eastern Front (World War I), Italian Front (World War I), Middle Eastern theatre of World War I. These are currently rated between start and C class. As a special incentive for members to work on these articles, 150 points are offered for any editor who can improve these to B class standard or higher during the drive period.

Awards[edit]

As a token of our appreciation for your efforts, the coordinators will be presenting service awards and barnstars based on the number of articles you improve. The awards will not be cumulative, rather each participant will qualify for a single award based on the total number of points you accumulate.

To add a bit of friendly competition, the three editors who earn the most points by the end of the drive on 15 March 2014 will be awarded bronze, silver and gold wikis.

The coordinators will post awards to your talk page within a few days of the end of the drive. If you'd like yours earlier, please ask one of the coordinators.

Progress[edit]

-108.2% complete

Backlog: World War I articles needing attention to coverage and accuracy
Goal: 4,100 articles
Current: 5,389 articles
Initial: 4,719 articles

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-87% complete

Backlog: World War I articles needing attention to referencing and citation
Goal: 5,200 articles
Current: 6,604 articles
Initial: 5,951 articles

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37.5% complete

Backlog: World War I articles needing attention to grammar
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 305 articles
Initial: 488 articles

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-17.6% complete

Backlog: World War I articles needing attention to structure
Goal: 1,100 articles
Current: 1,676 articles
Initial: 1,590 articles

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280.8% complete

Backlog: World War I articles needing attention to supporting materials
Goal: 900 articles
Current: 354 articles
Initial: 1,202 articles

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110.2% complete

Backlog: Stub-Class World War I articles
Goal: 4,500 articles
Current: 4,479 articles
Initial: 4,706 articles

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-723% complete

Backlog: Unassessed military history articles
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 1,251 articles
Initial: 152 articles

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23.7% complete

Backlog: Military history articles with incomplete B-Class checklists
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 774 articles
Initial: 1,014 articles

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58.7% complete

Backlog: Military history articles with no associated task force
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 62 articles
Initial: 150 articles

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How to participate[edit]

To take part in the drive, please add your name to the list of participants; the exact syntax will be displayed when you edit the section.

Then, in alphabetical order, please create a new worklist section for yourself; as before, the exact syntax will be displayed when you edit the page.

Now you can begin working on articles in the categories listed above. For each article:

  1. Fix the listed problem by editing the article or update the assessment checklist in the {{WPMILHIST}} tag on the article's talk page;
  2. If you have improved the content of the article, request assessment at WP:MHA once you have completed your improvements (not required for minor technical fixes such as adding a photograph - in this regard, just remove the photo request from the talkpage yourself); and
  3. List the article under the appropriate category in your worklist section.

If you fix an article that's listed in multiple categories, please list it separately under each applicable category.

Participants[edit]