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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.

Translation contest[edit]

Barnstars will be awarded to those who help reduce the backlog of notable military history articles that are available in Russian but not English. Full translation of 25 redlinked biographies and other military history articles from the lists will result in a Soviet Barnstar of National Merit; 50 will result in the awarding of the Translation Barnstar, 75 will result in the Writer's barnstar, and any user who translates 100 articles in full will be awarded the Rosetta Barnstar. Stubs or copy-pasted machine-translated content without copyediting will not be counted in the barnstar tally. Please ping PlanespotterA320 if you have questions about the contest.

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 2021[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: end January 2021
Contestant Articles Points
Catlemur 2 15
Chetsford 1 5
Djmaschek 2 6
Gog the Mild 4 31
Hog Farm 6 36
Parsecboy 3 24
Peacemaker67 2 15
Sturmvogel 66 4 37
Tomobe03 3 16
Zawed 7 38

For the scoring period ending 28 February 2021[edit]

Current contest scoreboard[edit]

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Catlemur 1 6
Djmaschek 1 6
FredModulars 2 9
Gog the Mild 5 34
Hog Farm 2 11
Lineagegeek 2 10
Sturmvogel_66 3 31
Tomobe03 4 26
Zawed 4 32
  • Entrants should add new entries to the competition below.
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Catlemur Talk:August Myhrberg none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:114th Illinois Infantry Regiment stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
FredModulars Talk:Brazilian Military Junta of 1930 none B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
FredModulars Talk:Brazilian Revolution of 1930 C B 3 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Heraklion GA A 10 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Lancaster's Normandy chevauchée of 1356 stub B 6 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Rethymno GA A 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:35, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Second Battle of Cape Finisterre (1747) Start B 5
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Dupplin Moor C B 3 Lineagegeek (talk)
Hog Farm Talk:10th Texas Field Battery none B 6 Lineagegeek (talk)
Hog Farm Talk:Battle of Raymond B GA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 09:46, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
Lineagegeek Talk:51st Troop Carrier Wing Start B 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:35, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Lineagegeek Talk:575th Bombardment Squadron Start B 5
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Nord Gerfaut start GA 10 Zawed (talk) 10:24, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:SNCASO SO.8000 Narval stub GA 11 Zawed (talk) 10:24, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Sud-Ouest Espadon start GA 10 Zawed (talk) 10:24, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:ZAVNOBiH stub GA 11 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:AVNOJ B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:Treaties of Rome (1941) B GA 5 Zawed (talk) 07:06, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:Tito–Šubašić Agreements B GA 5
Zawed Talk:Desmond J. Scott start GA 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:35, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Cyrus Kay stub B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 09:46, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Thomas Cooke (soldier, born 1881) GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 23:35, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Ian Morrison (RNZAF officer) none B 6

For the scoring period ending 31 January 2021[edit]

Current contest scoreboard[edit]

  • Entrants should update this during the contest scoring periods when adding entries.
Contestant Articles Points
Catlemur 2 15
Chetsford 1 5
Djmaschek 2 6
Gog the Mild 5 31
Hog Farm 6 36
Parsecboy 3 24
Peacemaker67 2 15
Sturmvogel_66 4 37
Tomobe03 3 16
Zawed 7 38


  • Entrants should add new entries to the competition below.
Nominee Article Entry class End class Points Checked
Catlemur Talk:Kidnapping of Heinrich Kreipe GA A 10 Gog the Mild (talk) 19:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Catlemur Talk:Battle of the Eurymedon (190 BC) B GA 5 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Chetsford Talk:USRC Surveyor B GA 5 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:33rd Illinois Infantry Regiment C B 3 Hog Farm Bacon 04:13, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Djmaschek Talk:Battery "F", 2nd Illinois Light Artillery Regiment C B 3 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Rethymno C GA 8 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:47, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Siege of Guines (1352) - B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 18:01, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of Kinghorn stub B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 18:01, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Treaty of Guînes - B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Gog the Mild Talk:Battle of the Saw A FA 5 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:1st Missouri Field Battery A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 14:53, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:13th Missouri Cavalry Regiment (Confederate) B GA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:35, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Barrett's Missouri Battery none B 6 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Grant's Canal start GA 10 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 20:13, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Raymond Confederate order of battle start B list 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Hog Farm Talk:Shenandoah 1862 B GA 5 --Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:French cruiser Dubourdieu C GA 8 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:French cruiser Aréthuse stub GA 11 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Parsecboy Talk:SMS Gneisenau A FA 5 Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Ba Congress A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 19:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 Talk:Uroš Drenović GA A 10 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Japanese destroyer Nara (1944) stub GA 11 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Japanese destroyer Hinoki (1944) stub GA 11 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:SNCASO Trident B GA 5 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Sturmvogel_66 Talk:Bréguet 960 Vultur start GA 10 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:Informbiro period B GA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:27, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:Treaties of Rome (1941) stub B 6 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:27, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Tomobe03 Talk:Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia start B 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 22:27, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:John Denvir (soldier) none B 6 Catlemur (talk) 19:51, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Anthony Birks stub C 3 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Arthur Butler (historian) none B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 23:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery none B 6 Catlemur (talk) 19:51, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Haane Manahi A FA 5 Gog the Mild (talk) 19:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Women's Royal New Zealand Naval Service none B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 18:01, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
Zawed Talk:Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (New Zealand) none B 6 Tomobe03 (talk) 18:01, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Log[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.

Past contests[edit]