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: June

Touted as America's favorite pastime, baseball is considered the national sport in the U.S. by a significant number of people. Its start can be traced back to 1791. This easily recognizable Major League Baseball logo was created 50 years ago to celebrate that patriotic reputation, notoriety and longevity. That year, in 1968, two of its legendary pitching stars, Don Drysdale with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave McNally with the Baltimore Orioles, were among baseball's greatest talent. This month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights these two players.

Don Drysdale set Major League records with six consecutive shutouts and over 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968. He ended his career the following year due to a chronically sore shoulder with 209 wins, 2486 strikeouts, 167 complete games, and 49 shutouts. At the time of his retirement, Drysdale was the last remaining player on the Dodgers who had played for Brooklyn. After his playing career ended, he became a radio and television broadcaster. Drysdale was 56 when he died.

Dave McNally, a personal baseball idol of mine when I was in high school, won more than 20 games in the 1968 season, and repeated that achievement for the three consecutive seasons following that year. After winning the last two decisions of the 1968 season, he opened 1969 with a 15–0 record; his first loss of the season came in early August, and he ended the regular season at 20–7. He is the only pitcher in major league history to hit a grand slam in a World Series (in 1970). He was one of four 20-game winners for the 1971 Orioles. After gracefully retiring in 1975, he returned to live in his hometown of Billings, Montana, where he opened and operated a car dealership. McNally died at age 60.

The impact that Don Drysdale and Dave McNally had on the game was memorable and lasting, both on and off the field. In 1966, both pitchers faced each other in the fourth game of the World Series, and became part of baseball history pitching against each other. In a dramatic pitching duel, they matched four-hitters, but a fourth-inning home run by Frank Robinson gave the Orioles all they needed for a 1–0 victory, and they swept the defending champion Dodgers by winning the World Series championship in four games. Both players left their mark off the field as well. Drysdale took part in a famous salary holdout in the spring of 1966, signing his contract just before the season opened, and the resulting contract made him one the first pitchers to earn more than $100,000 a year. That holdout was the beginning of collective bargaining in baseball. Nine years later, McNally too impacted management and player contracts. He played a key role in the historic 1975 Seitz decision which led to the downfall of major league baseball's reserve clause and ushered in the current era of free agency. McNally and Andy Messersmith were the only two players in 1975 playing on the one-year reserve clause in effect at the time. Neither had signed a contract but both were held with their team under the rule. The two challenged the rule and won their free agency.

You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages related to these two famous baseball players to life.

Last Month: May

Due to the unavoidably shortened challenge period last month, the WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlighted only one individual in May.

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "Fifth of May," is an annual celebration held in Latin America and the United States to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, a Mexican politician and military leader. When the forces of Napoleon III invaded in the French intervention in Mexico, Zaragoza's forces fought them at Acultzingo on 28 Apr 1862, where he was forced to withdraw. Zaragoza understood the favorable defensive positions outside of the city of Puebla, and with a force that was smaller and not as well equipped as his opponent, beat back repeated French assaults upon the Mexican positions at Forts Loreto and Guadalupe. The French were forced to retreat to Orizaba. The victory represented a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and the Mexican people at large, and helped establish a sense of national unity and patriotism within the country. Shortly after his famous victory, Zaragoza was struck with typhoid fever which caused his death at the age of 33.

Cinco de Mayo is more widely observed across the United States than it is in Mexico. Although military parades, reenactments of the battle and other festivities do take place in Mexico, they do so mainly in the state of Puebla where the battle occurred. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not in honor of Mexico’s independence.

User:GayelKnott was awarded the Winner's WeRelate Challenge Badge by making the highest number of additions or edit in this month's contest, and User:Sorghumgrass was awarded the WeRelate Player Badge by making the second highest number of additions or edits. Congratulations to both players. Good job!

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.