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.


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 looks 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.

You can join this month's Challenge and help research, create and build WeRelate pages related to these two film and television personalities to life.


March

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held annually on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest, returning to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent many years evangelizing in the northern Ireland and converted thousands. Tradition holds that he died on March 17, 461 and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.

The most popular of all surnames of Irish origin is Murphy. It is estimated that over 50,000 people in Ireland are of the Murphy name (or variation thereof), and its reach is even broader and numbers even more vast when the global community is taken into account with the Murphy surname in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The two Irish-American Murphys highlighted here in this month's WeRelate Challenge are Audie Murphy and Charles Murphy.

Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. At the age of 19, Murphy received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. Charles Francis Murphy, also known as Boss Murphy, and nicknamed "Silent Charlie," was a U.S. political figure, Head of New York City's Tammany Hall from 1902–1924. Murphy was responsible for transforming Tammany Hall's image from one of corruption to respectability, as well as extending Tammany Hall's political influence to national level.

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.