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 the two most recent contest months.

This Month: December

Since 1941, the USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.), a congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization, has provided live entertainment and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, it relies heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors to support their mission. During World War II, the USO became the GI's "home away from home" and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today. Involvement in the USO was one of the many ways in which the nation came together to support the war effort, with nearly 1.5 million people having volunteered their services in some way. Today they have more than 200 locations around the world, most noticeably offering rest and relaxation lounges for traveling military servicemen, women and their families at many international airports.

The USO became particularly famous for its live performances, called camp shows, through which the entertainment industry helped boost the morale of its servicemen and women. During World War II and the Korean War, Hollywood was eager to show its patriotism, and many famous celebrities joined the ranks of USO entertainers. They entertained in military bases at home and overseas, sometimes placing their own lives in danger, by traveling or performing under hazardous conditions. During the Vietnam War, USOs were sometimes even located in combat zones.

50 years ago this month, as United States was deeply involved in the war in Vietnam, the USO organized a group of entertainers to bring a taste of the holiday spirit to American service men and women stationed there. The photo to the right shows entertainers Joey Bishop, Jennie and Terrie Frankel (Doublemint Twins), Sig Sakowitz, Tony Diamond, Sara Sue, Tippi Hedren and Mel Bishop who posed for this shot after performing for the U.S. military in Saigon, Vietnam during December 1968. Throughout their 36-show tour of Vietnam they were well protected and had an escort officer and armed servicemen to assure their safety wherever they were taken. This month's Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights two of these celebrities who entertained troops during that visit.

Joey Bishop (shown center of group in photo with the microphone), was an American entertainer who appeared on television as early as 1948 and eventually starred in his own weekly comedy series playing a talk/variety show host. He later hosted a late night talk show with Regis Philbin as his young sidekick on ABC. He was a member of the so-called "Rat Pack" (which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford), made famous for their Hollywood movies and Las Vegas stage appearances.

Jennie Frankel (far right in the photo with the accordion), who, with her identical twin sister, Terrie, were both instantly recognizable to American troops at the time as the Doublemint Twins (part of an ad campaign by the Wrigley Company for their Doublemint brand of chewing gum). They were both musically gifted, and as teenagers often accompanied their father to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital to perform for the patients there. Shortly after the two turned 18, they toured Vietnam with The Sig Sakowitz Show, performing more than 36 USO shows during that 2-month visit. Jennie later became a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a member of the Academy of Country Music, and wrote music and theme songs for the major television networks.

You can join this month's holiday season challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages related to these two patriotic American performers to life.

Last Month: November

100 years ago, on 11 November 1918, an armistice came into effect ending the World War I in Western Europe. The armistice was effectively a German surrender, as its conditions ended any possibility of Germany continuing the war. But this did not mean the return of peace. Fighting continued in many regions, as armed groups pursued nationalist, revolutionary or counter-revolutionary aims. Russia was torn apart by a civil war, which claimed more Russian lives than had the world war. Peace was definitively signed on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Unfortunately the armistice and peace settlements were imposed by the victors, rather than negotiated, and have since been criticized as laying the foundations of future conflicts later in the 20th century.

The end of the war though would become a memorable date for the nations on the winning side. In France, where a staggering 3.2 million of its soldiers lost their lives, it was named the “Armistice de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale” and is still celebrated as a national holiday on Nov 11. In Great Britain, where 4.2 million men died, it was called Remembrance Day. In the U.S., where 323,000 died, it was called Armistice Day and for years was celebrated on Nov 11. (In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans" in recognition of veterans of all wars not just those who served in World War I, and it has been known as Veterans Day in the United States since then.)

November's Crowdsourcing Challenge highlighted the two European military leaders who played key roles in the Armistice which marked the end of the "Great War."

During the Spring before the end of the war, as the Americans were slowly being shipped from the United States into Western Europe ports to support the Allied war effort, German Quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff strategically decided to break the long trench warfare stalemate and take the offensive before the American forces became effectively deployed. He decisively pushed his German armies through Allied lines on the Western Front, quickly opening a fifty-mile-wide gap in the defensive lines, and were pouring into open country where they seemed ready to split the French and British armies asunder. But the German forces failed to sever the connection between the Allied armies and the general's efforts stalled because of heavy German losses and inadequate logistical support.

Marshal Ferdinand Foch, a key French military commander during World War I, had been relegated to commanding a small ineffective command in northern France and as an adviser to the War Minister’s general staff until May 1918. As a result of the German offensive, he was appointed as a Marshal of France and commander of Allied forces during the closing months of the war. In two decisive offensives in July and August, Foch took advantage of the German stall and drove Gen. Ludendorff back into a defensive position. He commanded his forces to repel the German attack and by his success is generally considered the leader most responsible for the Allied victory. On November 8-11, 1918, in a railway carriage at a forest siding at Rethondes, he personally dictated armistice terms to a German delegation.

Congratulations to the two players who contributed to this month's challenge. User:Btomp won the Ludendorff challenge narrowly, and User:Sorghumgrass was the runaway winner of the Foch challenge. Each of them also were contenders for the other challenge pages as well.

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.