WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

The Challenge is intended to be a monthly feature, beginning on or around the 1st of each month and ending at the end of the month.

Thanks for playing. Good luck!


Current Challenges

Here are the current challenges for this month and last month.

This Month: March

Two famous television personalities from the late-1950s to early-1970s passed away on the same day earlier this year, on January 26, 2017.

Mike Connors, the legendary actor who played detective Joe Mannix on the long-running crime drama "Mannix" series, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award in 1970, passed away at the age of 91.

Barbara Hale, a movie actress who found her most famous role on television as steadfast secretary Della Street in the long-running “Perry Mason” series on CBS from 1957 to 1966, winning an Emmy as best actress in 1959, died at the age of 94.

Interestingly, both stars acted together on a season 8 episode of "Perry Mason."

You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages on these two people to life. Good luck and have fun!

Last Month: February

100 years ago (on 3 February 1917), the SS Housatonic (formerly SS Georgia), a United States merchant transport ship, was sunk by German submarine U-53. This hostile action was one that pulled the United States into entering World War I three months later. Here's the rest of the interesting story.

Carrying a full cargo of wheat from the United States, the Housatonic set sail from Galveston, Texas via Newport News, Virginia for Liverpool, England on 16 January 1917. Captain Thomas Ensor, skipper of the Housatonic, reported that about twenty miles off the Isles of Scully (off the southwestern tip of Britain) his cargo ship was stopped by the German submarine U-53, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Rose.

An officer and two seamen from U-53 boarded the ship, and sent Captain Ensor over to the submarine, where he was questioned by Captain Rose, who spoke fluent English. After examining the Housatonic's papers Rose told Ensor to return and order his crew to abandon ship. Rose explained that he was sorry, but the ship was "carrying food supplies to the enemy of my country." After the crew launched two lifeboats the German submarine then delivered a single torpedo and the Housatonic sank.

Interestingly, Rose was one of the most respected and courageous U-boat commanders of World War I, famous for his humanity and fairness in battle. Sometimes after torpedoing a ship he would wait until all the lifeboats were filled, then throw tow lines, give the victims food, and keep all the survivors together until a rescuing ship appeared on the horizon when he would release the lines towing the lifeboats and submerge. There exist many other accounts of him caring for survivors even when putting his own life at risk.

Congratulations to User:DataAnalyst and User:Btomp, winners of February's World War I personality challenge. Two other challengers (User:Cos1776 and User:GayelKnott) were close behind and qualify as contenders.

Challenge Details

Purpose, Objective & Goal

  • This challenge, primarily, is intended to be fun, educational and rewarding.
  • It is also designed to help users, participants and WeRelate members strengthen their research skills, enhance wiki-page proficiency, work toward data-entry mastery, and provide practical experience in validating and substantiating factual events with supporting sources in a collaborative, crowdsourcing environment.

How to Play the Game

  • Select the subject page or pages during the period of the challenge and add vital statistics, factual events, and historical data which is supported by reliable primary and secondary sources.
  • Whoever enters the most valid edits on the subject page(s) before the challenge is closed at the end of the month wins the challenge (as reviewed and approved by the program manager).
  • Save the page after each event post, fact update, or additional source inclusion.
  • Primary sources should be sought and used.
  • Keep in mind the basic WR guidelines about not entering any information about living people.
  • Ensure any images you add to the page(s) are in the public domain or meet acceptable exceptions to copyright laws.
  • Each challenge will end at midnight on the last day of each month.
  • Challenge winners will be determined by the contest manager.
  • Each winner will receive a special graphic badge added to their user page showing their research prowess.

Award Points

Challenge will be based on additions and edits of information, which will be awarded points for credit.

  • Contributors will receive one full point for each event addition or data edit on the page.
  • All genealogy event edits should be supported by valid sources recorded on the page for each event.
  • Each valid supporting source or bibliographical reference entered will also be given a full point.
  • Since the purpose of all genealogy is to expand family lines, challenge points will be granted for the addition of connected family members as well, such as identifying information and genealogical data for parents, spouse(s), and children not previously entered in WeRelate.

Examples of edits that will win points:

  • Reference to vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates.
  • Census data linked to an online source.
  • Photos of the subject or source references.
  • Mention of the subject in a biography, history book or genealogy book.
  • Inclusion in a newspaper article.
  • Burial information and photos of a headstone.
  • Edits that correct an error or resolve a dispute of information gleaned from an earlier source may also receive a point at the discretion of the manager.
  • Finding and linking to subject's Wikipedia page or Wikidata reference. (Remember that Wikipedia and Wikidata are compiled "knowledge base" references, so should not be considered as primary sources.)

Past Subjects & Winners

Challenge Awards

  • A WINNER award badge will be posted on the user page of each challenge winner (with at least three creditable edits).
  • A PLAYER badge will be presented to other contenders who enter at least three approved edits on the subject page during the challenge period.
  • Subject pages not receiving at least three edits will be considered not to have a winner.