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The contest department of the Military history WikiProject aims to motivate increased quality in military history articles by offering a form of friendly competition for project members making improvements to them. The primary contest available is a simple rolling competition that awards points for improving articles, as originally developed by the LGBT studies WikiProject.

General contest[edit]

How it works[edit]

Instructions for contestants

The contest is simple in structure and administered by the project coordinators. The following instructions apply:

  1. The contest runs from the first to last day of each month. At the start of the month, editors may pre-emptively nominate the articles they intend on improving (and then have until the end of the month to make the improvements), or they may simply list the articles that they have worked on at the end of the month.
  2. Points are awarded based on an article progressing up the assessment scale. To be eligible, articles should be re-assessed within the scoring period.
  3. The claiming editor must have made a meaningful change to an aspect of the article that leads directly to an increase in its assessment rating. Such improvements can be focused on one or more aspects of the B-class criteria. For instance, adding references, improving structure or grammar, adding images, or expanding content; these changes should be significant and incidental changes should not be claimed. The claiming editor will be the main contributor (or co-contributor) to the article for the month.
  4. As articles are improved throughout the month, contestants should list their articles at WP:MHA for independent re-assessment, although it is acceptable to self-assess up to C-class.
  5. Once an article has been re-assessed, contestants are expected to update the entries subpage with the improved assessment class and the claimed points, based on the points table (see below).
  6. At the end of the month, no new entries should be added to the entries subpage until it has been reset by a project coordinator as part of the closing process (detailed separately in the instructions to coordinators).
Instructions for coordinators

Detailed instructions for coordinators can be found here.

Prizes
  1. Each month, the participant with the highest number of points will be awarded the WikiChevrons, while the second place-getter will be awarded the Writer's Barnstar.
  2. The editor who has the highest accumulated total of points over the course of the entire year of contests (January to December inclusive) will be awarded the Military History Writers' Contest Cup.
Points table
Ending class
Start
/List
C/
CL
B/
BL
GA A/
AL
FA/
FL
Beginning
class
None/Stub +1 +3 +6 +11 +21 +26
Start/List +2 +5 +10 +20 +25
C/CL +3 +8 +18 +23
B/BL +5 +15 +20
GA +10 +15
A/AL +5


Contest entries[edit]

The beginning class of the article is the classification at the beginning of the month. Please add entries in alphabetical order by user name in the following form:

| [[User:Username|]] || [[Talk:Article name]] || Entry class || End class || Points || Checked
|-

Nominees should track their own entries, updating the table with the new classes and points claimed/earned as articles are reclassified (to avoid month-end congestion). This is self-scoring (but not self-assessing) so requests for assessments should be made through the normal channels (i.e. at WP:MHAR up to and including B-Class), although nominees may self-assess articles up to C-class at discretion. Experienced members may check entries for the significance of a nominees contribution and the points they have claimed; if they are satisfied they should sign the "checked" box. Entries may be progressively checked through the scoring period. If a "checked" nomination is upgraded, the nominator must remove a notation that the nomination has been checked. At month end, the closing coordinator will check the total points claimed and update the yearly scoreboard.


Cumulative scoreboard: Military History Writers' Contest Cup 2022[edit]

  • Note: Entrants should not update this during the contest scoring periods. The co-ordinator who closes the contest will update the scoreboard at the end of each month once entries have been verified.
  • Updated as of: 30 June 2022
Contestant Articles Points
Catlemur 5 24
Djmaschek 13 65
Gog the Mild 15 160
Hog Farm 35 284
Kges1901 15 87
Ljleppan 1 5
Pickersgill-Cunliffe 14 110
Tomobe03 2 10
Zawed 27 175

For the scoring period ending 31 July 2022[edit]

Current contest scoreboard[edit]

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Djmaschek 1 6
Zawed 1 5
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Djmaschek Talk:18th Texas Infantry Regiment stub B 6
Zawed Talk:Harvey Sweetman start B 5

For the scoring period ending 30 June 2022[edit]

Current contest scoreboard[edit]

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Djmaschek 4 17
Gog the Mild 1 10
Hog Farm 7 51
Kges1901 15 87
Zawed 3 21
Pickersgill-Cunliffe 6 48
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Djmaschek Talk:125th Illinois Infantry Regiment C B 3 Zawed (talk) 04:29, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Djmaschek Talk:13th Texas Cavalry Regiment none B 6 Zawed (talk) 04:29, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Djmaschek Talk:Battle of Cassville B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 04:29, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Djmaschek Talk:Battle of Kolb's Farm C B 3 Zawed (talk) 04:29, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Gog the Mild Talk:Sieges of Berwick (1355 and 1356) GA A 10 Zawed (talk) 04:29, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:2nd Kansas Infantry Regiment start GA 10 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Plains Store start GA 10 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Raymond A FA 5 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Van Buren GA A 10 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:Duckport Canal none GA 11 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:USCGC Barberry B start (manual reassessment of bot assess) -5 An entry in last month's contest that was auto-assessed as a B (earning 6 points) but then earlier this month reassessed as a start (1 point). Corrected initial points entry from -8 to -5. Zawed (talk) 05:09, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hog Farm Talk:USS Squando start GA 10 Zawed (talk) 04:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:465th Missile Brigade None B (bot assessed) 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:336th Rocket Artillery Brigade None B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:15th Guards Tank Division None B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:149th Mixed Aviation Division Stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:Operation Gyroscope Stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:6th Guards Fighter Aviation Division none B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:3rd Guards Fighter Aviation Corps none B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:239th Guards Tank Regiment (Russia) C B 3 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:1st Louisiana Regulars Infantry Regiment B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:111th Armored Cavalry Regiment Start B 5 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:John Q. Loomis None GA 11 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:13th Guards Tank Regiment C B 3 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:51st Guards Rifle Division None B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:25th Air Defence Division (Russia) Stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kges1901 Talk:7th Alabama Infantry Regiment None B 6 Zawed (talk) 05:00, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Zawed Talk:Arthur Umbers none GA 11
Zawed Talk:John Yarra B GA 5
Zawed Talk:George Gribble (RAF officer) B GA 5
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Perseverance-class frigate none GA 11 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Charles Hardy (Royal Navy officer, died 1744) B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:William Grinfield B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:York Light Infantry Volunteers none GA 11 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Henry Smith (Royal Navy officer) B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pickersgill-Cunliffe Talk:Thomas Hardy (Royal Navy officer, died 1732) none GA 11 Zawed (talk) 05:16, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Past contests[edit]

Older logs (April 2007–August 2009) may be viewed here. Other logs, featuring the new scoring system (September 2009 to 2016), are located here. The latest archive (2017–onwards) is here.