BLT's Black and Women's History Month Contest is a national contest that celebrates the work of artists by working to increase information about them on Wikimedia platforms.
- The contest runs:
- Through April 30th, 2020 (extended!)
- What must the contestant do to generate content and win the contest?
- Contestants must fill out a bingo card by adding qualifying edits to the existing Wikipedia pages of 5 artists of their choice. Once you’ve completed a BINGO, submit your filled out card alongside your Wikipedia username to firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, we’ll verify your edits. If everything checks out, you win! First come, first serve for the grand prize of a BLT goodie bag.
- What qualifies as an edit?
- Adding a paragraph with proper citations (250 words minimum) to the page;
- Adding an image that you own the rights to, more on image rights and how to HERE;
- Reorganizing the existing information on pages to increase readability,i.e., making long lists into succinct paragraphs,etc.
- Articles/edits must be published by the end of the competition period. Contestants are welcome to work on articles in AFC, draft space, their sandboxes or off-wiki in advance but the new articles have to be in the mainspace during the duration of the contest.
- All entries are expected to be fully sourced, no unsourced claims or poorly formatted sources such as bare URL links or missing publisher information. Try to make the formatting consistent with dates and layout, clean, useful new entries are what the contest is about.
- It is important that before starting new entries you take the time to ensure that articles meet Wikipedia:Notability guidelines and have adequate coverage in Wikipedia:Reliable sources needed to be acceptable on Wikipedia. We don't want the contest to generate non notable articles or cause WP:BLP issues. Leading up to the start of the contest there are prizes for editors who help build and refine the missing article lists for the contest with articles which are notable and make it easier for editors to select suitable articles during the contest.
- Take extra care to avoid paraphrasing and copyright. If producing a lot of content it is sometimes difficult to avoid sentences at times which don't resemble something in a source but it is important that the articles are without problems and will stick around on Wikipedia for a long time to come. If editors are found to create successive articles with paraphrasing or quality issues or of dubious notability and continue to do so after being alerted of a problem, they may be disqualified from further contributing to the contest. It is very important that care is taken to avoid copyright issues and ensure that articles meet notability and content requirements as if they don't they may cause a potential nightmare for the contest and editors at a later date.
- Cookie-cutter style articles which show signs of minimal text writing and simply quickly changing some facts to mass generate a lot of articles on the same subject or entries which show signs of cheating may be discounted. Though articles on the same subject (such as women athletes) may often have a similar format and facts, the articles submitted must demonstrate original text and that some time has been taken to write them. If using public domain sources this must be rewritten to comply at least if you're competing in the contest.
- No automated, semi-automated tools, scripts or manual templates to mass generate content are permitted for the contest. Any indication that editors are cheating by using a cookie-cutter template or script to mass generate through lists may lead to disqualification.
- To be eligible to win prizes for quantity, all articles are expected to be of a high quality, even if short. It cannot simply be "whoever produces the most articles, regardless of prose quality is the winner". All of the entries have to be satisfactory to read and be reliably sourced/reliable new entries.
What prizes are offered?
First place BLT Bingo winner:
- One copy of Among Others: Blackness at MoMA, edited by Darby English and Charlotte Barat
- BLT tote bag
- BLT stickers
- BLT notebook
Second and third place BLT Bingo winners:
- BLT tote bag
- BLT stickers
We will receive BINGO submissions until April 30th, 2020 by email. At that point we will verify submissions in the order received and announce a first, second, and third place winner.
To be announced May 1st.
Thank you to everyone who participates in the contest!
Participants can choose either card. The center square is free and participants are working to complete five in a row diagonnally, horizontally, or vertically.
Participants, Let us know you're joining!