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: April

Prussian Captain Manfred von Richthofen (aka "The Red Baron") was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. Due to his combat success, he was given command of his own four-squadron fighter wing. The unit was soon dubbed the “Flying Circus” for its brightly colored aircraft and constant travels across the battlefront. 100 years ago this month, on 21 April 1918, The Red Baron and the Flying Circus engaged a group of British fighter planes over Vaux-sur-Somme in northern France. As he gave chase to a Sopwith Camel, Richthofen zigzagged over enemy territory and passed a series of Allied infantry emplacements. Australian ground troops immediately spotted his red airplane and unleashed a storm of machine gun fire. At the same time, Canadian pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown, zeroed in on Richthofen’s tail and fired a burst from his guns. One of the bullets, either from Captain Brown or from one of the anti-aircraft (AA) machine gunners with the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF), identified as Sergeant Cedric Popkin, struck Richthofen in the torso, seriously wounding him. The 25-year-old crash-landed in a beet field and died moments later, still strapped into his cockpit. The following day, The Red Baron was given a full military funeral that included a guard of honor and six Royal Flying Corps pallbearers. As a sign of respect for the war’s most lethal pilot, a wreath was placed on his grave that read: “To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe.”

You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages related to these three World War I fighters to life.

Last Month: March

Due to the unavoidably shortened challenge period this month, the WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights only one individual in March.

Internationally renown Christian evangelist Billy Graham passed away in February at the age of 99. He was a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents and other world leaders, providing spiritual counsel for every president since Harry Truman in the 1940s. Many feel that God used the life and ministry of Billy Graham to impact the lives of millions around the world. He was inspired to journey 80 years ago from his family's North Carolina farm to share the Biblical Gospel in the largest arenas and stadiums in the world, and was one of the first evangelists to use the power of media to reach his audience. One Time reporter referred to him as "the Pope of Protestant America," and he has been rated by the Gallup organization as "One of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World" a staggering 51 times.

User:Sorghumgrass was awarded the WeRelate Challenge Badge as winner in this month's contest.

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.