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: December

This month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights the theme of Christmas and two music-makers connected with the holiday 50 years ago.

The album My Kind of Christmas is a 1967 release of Christmas standards sung by Mike Douglas, released the year after his only Top 40 single and during the peak of popularity of The Mike Douglas Show. Mike Douglas, was an American "Big Band" era singer, entertainer, television talk show host and actor. The album included the following seasonal favorites: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "The First Noel," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "O Holy Night," "The First Christmas Carol," "White Christmas," "Silent Night, Holy Night," "Silver Bells," "Ave Maria," and "Touch Hands on Christmas Morning." He died when he was 86 years old.

Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas is a 1967 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. This album was her second and last Christmas album. Unlike her previous Christmas album (which was much more secular), this album consisted of only religious Christmas songs, and charted at #27 on Billboard's Holiday Albums chart. It included the following songs: "O Holy Night," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Away in a Manger," "Joy to the World," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Sleep, My Little Jesus," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "We Three Kings," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." She died when she was 79 years old.

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

Last Month: November

This month's WeRelate crowdsourcing genealogy challenge revolves around two women remembered by the those living today mostly for being parents and grandparents of now famous people.

Jolie Gabor was a Hungarian-born American socialite known as the mother of three famous actresses and socialites. She had wanted to be an actress, but became successful building a costume-jewelry business and marketing her daughters as ultimate international beauty queens.

Georgiana Drew was an American stage actress and comedian and a member of the Barrymore acting family. She debutted in "The Ladies' Battle" at the Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia in 1872. She subsequently appeared in "As You Like It," "Frou-Frou," "The School for Scandal," "The Senator". In 1876 she married her famous actor husband.

Congratulations to the winners of each challenge, User:Sorghumgrass for additions and edits to pages connected to Julie Gabor and to User:Grey for making the greatest number of additions and edits to pages connected to Georgiana Drew. Both contributors earned Contender Badges as well. Thanks to the both of you for playing November'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.