Wikipedia:The Core Contest/Winners

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Herewith is Casliber (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the May/June 2016 Core Contest

The panel of judge was Casliber (talk · contribs)

Congratulations to all the winners, I will be in touch to sort out prizes. Karla Marte(WMUK) 13:20, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Herewith is Casliber (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the March/April 2015 Core Contest

The panel of judges (four this time) were Casliber (talk · contribs), Binksternet (talk · contribs), Steven Walling (talk · contribs), Coren (talk · contribs)

Herewith is Secret (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the March/April 2014 Core Contest

The panel of judges (five this time) were Casliber (talk · contribs), Binksternet (talk · contribs), Secret (talk · contribs), Sven Manguard (talk · contribs), Coren (talk · contribs)

Herewith is Casliber (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the April 2013 Core Contest

Many apologies about the delay everyone,
but herewith we announce the winners of the April 2013 Core Contest. Before we go on, our heartfelt appreciation (again) to everyone who rolled up their wiki-sleeves and got stuck into some core contentwork. We're sorry we couldn't award prizes to more folks.

Cheers all! Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:42, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Herewith is Casliber (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the August 2012 Core Contest

Many apologies about the delay everyone,
but herewith we announce the winners of the August 2012 Core Contest. Before we go on, our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who rolled up their wiki-sleeves and got stuck into some core contentwork. We're sorry we couldn't award prizes to more folks.

Finally a special mention goes to Johnbod (talk · contribs) for a Herculean effort on sculpture...however as a WMUK trustee he is (sadly) ineligible for a prize (John we'll try and get a different sponsor next time maybe!)

Cheers all! Casliber (talk · contribs) 15:25, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Herewith is Casliber (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the March 2012 Core Contest

Right, here will be a placeholder for the 2012 winners...watch this space...sometime in the future. Casliber (talk · contribs) 10:55, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Okay folks, apologies after a longer than expected delay—congratulations to all entrants for switching tack and chiselling away at some of our core content, an area underrepresented in our Good and Featured Article lists. As with 2007, the rankings are an amalgam of the three judges' views, ranked on the judging criteria, namely the improvement of the article combined with its "core-ness" to come up with a "best additive encyclopedic value" to wikipedia, with precedence for improvements to lower overall quality articles at the outset (i.e. improving articles in most desperate need of maintenance). And warm heartfelt thanks go to Wikimedia UK for stumping up the readies to make this competition possible :)

Anyway, wikimedia UK will be in touch with the prizewinners by email for the prizes (buy something nice folks!) – and again, congrats to all for participating! Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 20:34, 29 May 2012 (UTC)


Herewith is Danny (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the 2007 Core Contest

Exactly a year ago, I began a contest with a promise of financial rewards for people who most improved core articles on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, due to financial difficulties on my end, I was unable to award the winners in a timely manner. I sincerely regret this. I am grateful, however, that several generous individuals have come together in support of this effort, believing as I do in the value that this adds to Wikipedia's content. It is because of their generosity and determination that we are able to award the authors of seven important articles which have improved the level of Wikipedia's content significantly. I am especially glad that contributors can be rewarded for their work, because, after all, it is their efforts, more than anything else, that make Wikipedia a valuable resource.

The original judges of the Core Contest scored the articles independently and assessed them by various measures, such as difficulty, the amount of new material written, and of course, its quality, the number and quality of new references, illustrations, etc. Each judge then ranked the articles in the order of their assessment. The final ranking of the articles was determined by adding the judges' ranks together, and ordering the articles according to that sum.

The judges are pleased to announce their choices for the winning articles:

and the best-improved article by a single author:

However, the list of winners is not complete! The combined ranking of the judges identified the article Jane Austen by Simmaren and Awadewit as the single most improved article. However, as the combined work of two significant authors, it was placed in a category by itself.

These winning articles are indeed in a class by themselves, with many adding over 30 kB of beautifully written, richly illustrated, and heavily referenced new prose. The top article, Deforestation in Brazil did not exist on Wikipedia prior to the contest and highlights a critical problem facing our planet. Domestic sheep and Emily Dickinson have become Featured Articles, while Electricity quickly became a Good Article.

All the participants of this contest can be proud of their accomplishments; the judges found the entries to be stellar. The contest focused an incredible outpouring of energy into the most fundamental articles needed by an encyclopedia: articles that are too often ignored. As one judge noted, the core articles of Wikipedia improved more in this two-week contest than in a whole year of Article Improvement Drives. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done; we're all winners for each other's work.

If anyone has outstanding questions about the contest, you are kindly directed to ask them on the talk page of Proteins or to me personally via email, and not here. Thank you and congratulations once again!

Once again, I am especially grateful to those people who believed in the contest and made sure that it was carried through to completion. Danny (talk) 00:44, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Herewith is Danny (talk · contribs)'s announcement for the third incarnation of his 2006 Danny's Contest (direct precursor to and in essence analogue of Core Contest)

The judges did a great job, but there were so many great entries that I have decided to expand the awards.

  1. Runner up (and a $35 gift certificate from Amazon) -- Theramenes (Robth)
  2. Runner up (and a $35 gift certificate from Amazon) -- Battle of Ceresole (Kirill Lokshin)
  3. First place (and a $100 gift certificate from Amazon) -- Crawford expedition (Kevin Myers)

Please contact me privately with your contact information to receive your awards. Thank you to all the contestants, who did a great job expanding and improving articles, and to the judges who accepted the challenge. Stay tuned for news of my next contest. Danny 00:21, 9 November 2006 (UTC)