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About the drive

March Madness is a backlog reduction drive, which will run from 00:01 UTC on 1 March through to 23:59 UTC on 31 March 2020. The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project; however, only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the military history scope will be considered eligible. This year the drive is focused on the following areas:

More specific notes about what these entail can be found below.


You will receive points for each article/page you work on, based on the schedule listed below.

Serial Aspect/Category Points
1 Tagging an article or non-article talk page for Milhist [Note 1] 1 point
2 Adding MILHIST task force(s) to an article or non-article talk page [Note 2] 1 point
3 Assessing an article against the Milhist B-class criteria [Note 3] 5 points
4 Reviewing an article from this list of articles assessed by a bot as being B class, and either confirming that it meets the B class criteria or deciding that it does not meet one or more of the criteria. [Note 4] 5 points
4 Assessing a Milhist article against the Good article criteria [Note 5] 15 points
5 Updating the open tasks template on Milhist task forces [Note 6] 5 points
6 Updating or adding resources to a Milhist task force page [Note 7] 10 points
7 Reviewing an article which has been nominated for an A class review. [Note 8] 15 points
8 Creating a requested article [Note 9] 25 points / 50 points [Note 10]

Points can be claimed for multiple aspects for the same article. For instance, adding a project banner and a task force to the talk page will result in two points being awarded. Additionally, if a project banner and task force are added to an article's talk page, and the article is assessed by the same editor, 7 points will be awarded to that editor. The same applies for all other aspects/categories.

As collaboration is a key part of our project, where an article or page has been improved by more than one editor, all editors are entitled to claim points as part of the drive. It is expected, though, that editors will display fair dealing in how they claim points.

Please note: It is important that all new articles created as part of this edit-a-thon comply with the site's referencing and notability requirements per WP:V and WP:GNG. As such, to be eligible for points, any created article must be well-referenced. Spot checks will be carried out by project co-ordinators before finalising points at the end of the month, and ineligible articles will be discounted.


  1. ^ This refers to adding the Milhist project's banner – {{ WPMILHIST}} – to the talk page, not to adding maintenance tags to articles.
  2. ^ If an article is already assigned to a task force, a point can still be claimed if a new (relevant) task force is added.
  3. ^ To claim points for this, all aspects of the checklist must be completed for articles assessed as being Start/List, C-class or B-class. Stub-class assessments are also eligible to be claimed.
  4. ^ If the B class criteria are all met, simply delete the article from the list and claim the points. If they are not all met, change those in question to "=no", delete the article from the list, and claim the points.
  5. ^ To claim points for this, the Good Article nomination must be reviewed against all of the criteria and either passed or failed.
  6. ^ This includes identifying requested articles, or articles that need clean up, citations, images or expansion. It can also include removing items that no longer need attention (e.g. a requested article that has since been created, or expanded, etc.) Please note, an editor can only claim points once per task force page, regardless of how many edits are made; however, to promote collaboration, multiple editors can claim points for updating the same task force page.
  7. ^ Each Milhist task force includes a list of resources that interested editors might find useful for improving articles within that task force's scope. Not all task forces have well developed lists so it would be a big help for editors to help expand these. These could include websites, books, journals, templates etc. For example, there is a relatively well developed list of resources at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific military history task force, but other task forces such as Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/African military history task force lack this treatment. Please note, an editor can only claim points once per task force page, regardless of how many edits are made.
  8. ^ Points may only be claimed upon the completion of a review; that is, when the reviewer supports or opposes. Only reviews of a sufficient length will be counted; very short reviews will generally not be awarded points. As a very rough guide, no review shorter than 1000 bytes will be considered, though the coordinators reserve the right to not award points for other short reviews. This is not to say that such short reviews are not worthwhile, it is merely to say that they will not be recognised in this competition.
  9. ^ Some example lists are provided below, but please be aware that these are not exclusive, as the goal is to encourage as much participation as possible so the definition of a "requested" article should be construed broadly, i.e. if there is a redlink somewhere, it is eligible so long as the article topic is notable and can be reliably sourced. Draft-space articles that are improved and then published in article-space are eligible to be claimed in this category. Conversely, though, the improvement of stub-class articles (or other articles that already exist in article space prior to the start of the contest) will not attract for points in this contest, although editors are encouraged to enter such contributions in the monthly Milhist writers' contest.
  10. ^ If a requested article is created in the drive period and achieves a B class or higher assessment (also in the drive period), 25 bonus points will be awarded, bringing the total to 50 points for a given article.

Useful links

Tagging and assessing: The following links can be followed to find articles to tag and assess:

Adding task forces: In regards to adding task forces, it is important to note that some of our task forces are underpopulated. For instance, Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Military logistics and medicine task force. As this is a relatively new task force, many articles that fall within its scope are currently listed in different task forces. Editors can help out by searching other task forces for logistics or medical related topics (or any other relevant topics for that matter), and adding the new task force to these articles.

Updating task force open task lists:

Updating task force resources: The following links can be used to find task force pages to update resources:

Requested articles: The following links can be followed to find requested articles:

Relevant guidelines: The following links may be helpful for writing articles that fall within Milhist's scope:


As a token of our appreciation for your efforts, the coordinators will be presenting service awards and barnstars based on the number of articles or pages you improve. The awards will not be cumulative, though, rather each participant will qualify for a single award based on the total number of points they accumulate.

To add a bit of friendly competition, the three editors who earn the most points by 31 March 2020 will be awarded bronze, silver and gold wikis. These will be in addition to the barnstars above.

The coordinators will post awards to your talk page within a few days of the end of the drive once entries have been checked and scores tallied.

How to participate

To take part in the drive, please add your name to the list of participants and the points table below. Then, in alphabetical order, please create a new worklist section for yourself on the worklist page, here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/March Madness 2020/Worklists.

Now you can begin working on articles in the categories listed above. For each article:

  1. Fix the listed problem by editing the article or its talkpage, or
  2. Create your article, then
  3. List the article under the appropriate category in your worklist section
  4. For any new article that is created, editors are encouraged to list the article for independent assessment at WP:MHA

Questions about the drive can be asked on the talk page here. In the first instance, please use the {{@MILHIST}} notification to gain a co-ordinator's attention.


To sign up, please add your sig block on a new line below (in alphabetical order):

  1. Aeengath ( talk) 16:13, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  2. auntieruth (talk) 20:21, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  3. AustralianRupert ( talk) 08:23, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  4. Векочел ( talk) 12:18, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  5. CAPTAIN RAJU (T) 14:16, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  6. Catlemur ( talk) 14:58, 21 February 2020 (UTC)
  7. Cdjp1 ( talk) 11:40, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  8. Comte0 ( talk) 23:37, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  9. CPA-5 ( talk) 21:41, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  10. DTM ( talk) 07:36, 18 March 2020 (UTC)
  11. Donner60 ( talk) 09:38, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  12. Fritzmann2002 T, c, s, t 21:03, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
  13. Gaia Octavia Agrippa Talk 12:55, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  14. GELongstreet ( talk) 16:37, 10 February 2020 (UTC)
  15. Gog the Mild ( talk) 23:18, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
  16. Javert2113 ( Siarad.| ¤) 12:44, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  17. KeeperOfThePeace ( talk) 10:01, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
  18. L293D ( talk) 23:49, 16 March 2020 (UTC)
  19. Lineagegeek ( talk) Lineagegeek ( talk) 14:44, 11 February 2020 (UTC)
  20. Meanderingbartender ( talk) 12:35, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  21. Peacemaker67 ( click to talk to me) 05:22, 11 February 2020 (UTC)
  22. Pennsy22 ( talk) 13:44, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  23. PINTofCARLING ( talk) 17:39, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
  24. Reidgreg ( talk) 22:50, 19 March 2020 (UTC)
  25. Robinvp11 ( click to talk to me) Robinvp11 ( talk) 09:24, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  26. Skjoldbro ( talk) 11:12, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  27. Storye book ( talk) 10:49, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  28. Tetsou TheIronman ( talk -- Tetsou TheIronman ( talk) 20:36, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  29. TheBestEditorInEngland ( talk) 13:30, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  30. Zwerubae ( talk) 17:38, 29 February 2020 (UTC)

Points table

Username Points Placing Entitlement Awarded
Aeengath 55 One Stripe Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
AustralianRupert 993 Tireless Contributor Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 10:38, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Catlemur 209 Two Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Cdjp1 907 Tireless Contributor Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 10:38, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
CPA-5 509 Wikichevrons Gog the Mild ( talk) 10:38, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
DiplomatTesterMan 53 One Stripe Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Donner60 175 Two Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Dumelow 1,605 WikiProject Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:03, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Fritzmann2002 339 Three Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:13, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Gaia Octavia Agrippa 54 One Stripe Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
GELongstreet 2,226 3rd WikiProject Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:03, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Gog the Mild 2,573 2nd WikiProject Barnstar
Harrias 124 Two Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Javert2113 47 One Stripe Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
KeeperOfThePeace 502 Wikichevrons Gog the Mild ( talk) 10:38, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
L293D 35 One Stripe Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Peacemaker67 322 Three Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:13, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
PINTofCARLING 3,712 1st WikiProject Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:03, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Reidgreg 513 Wikichevrons Gog the Mild ( talk) 10:38, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Skjoldbro 109 Two Stripes Gog the Mild ( talk) 11:00, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Storye book 8 -
TheBestEditorInEngland 1,169 Working Wikipedian's Barnstar Gog the Mild ( talk) 12:13, 2 April 2020 (UTC)