WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

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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!


Contents

Current Challenges

Here are the current challenges for the two most recent contest months.


June

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of German-held France which lead to the end of World War II one year later. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries.

One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

You can join this month's Challenge and help research, create and build WeRelate pages related to this World War II Soldier to life.


April

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The resurrection of Jesus is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian religions are built. Hence, Easter is a very significant date on the Christian calendar. Easter is also associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, as well as the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, as described in the Old Testament. These links are clearly seen in the Last Supper, essentially a Passover feast, which occurred the night before Jesus’ arrest and the sufferings Jesus endured following his arrest.

Many people—mostly children—also participate in Easter egg “hunts,” in which decorated eggs are hidden. In some households, a character known as the Easter Bunny delivers candy and chocolate eggs to children on Easter Sunday morning. These candies often arrive in an Easter basket. The exact origins of the Easter Bunny tradition are unknown, although some historians believe it arrived in America with German immigrants in the 1700s. Rabbits are, in many cultures, known as enthusiastic procreators, so the arrival of baby bunnies in springtime meadows became associated with birth and renewal. Today, Easter is a commercial event as well as a religious holiday, marked by high sales for greeting cards, candies (such as Peeps, chocolate eggs and chocolate Easter bunnies) and other gifts.

Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious tradition or as a time to celebrate the coming Spring with family and friends who have stuck with you over the years, the annual long weekend has been marked by some pretty significant deaths in recent times.

This month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge looked at two actors from different eras and film genres who died on an Easter weekend. Sadly, neither of the two were to resurrect (although their lives do continue in part through their work in movies and television). Greta Garbo was a multi-talented Swedish actress who received three Oscar nominations on the way to becoming one of the pioneering stars of early cinema. She lead the movie industry into the “talkie” era and was widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women of her time. She died on Easter Sunday in 1990. Benny Hill was a British comedian who cemented his legacy with silly chase sequences and comical music and is perhaps one of the most famous funnymen to have ever existed. Whether his name is recognizable to you or not, you’ve certainly heard his television show's theme (linked below). He died on the Monday following Easter in 1992.


Congratulations to the players who contributed to this month's challenge.

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.