Off to the races — WikiCup from 2007-2013

TrophyThe biggest loser in the WikiCup competition is the reader who comes across carelessly created articles returned in Google searches. I think we should keep a list of problems that arise from WikiCup competitions, and I think the number one problem is going to be bad science editors who litter cyberspace with their bad science collages on their way to a win.


“The WikiCup is a championship that has taken place every year on Wikipedia since 2007. The cup is played and won by skill of editing. The purpose of the cup is to encourage content improvement and make editing on Wikipedia more fun. The 2013 WikiCup began on January 1; signups for the competition were closed on February 1. If you are interested in following the WikiCup, please add your name to Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/SendSignups are open for the 2014 WikiCup; the competition is open to all editors, new and old.”

Are the 2007 editors still on en.Wikipedia and still “skillfully” editing? Were they “skillfully” editing back then, or was it just more of the “all bats echolate” that operates on en.Wikipedia today? Here they are, the participants, and possibly the reverse order of winning (who is left after each round):

  1. England Gazh (talk · contribs · count)
  2. Scotland The_sunder_king (talk · contribs · count
  3. Puerto Rico Agüeybaná (talk · contribs · count)
  4. United States JetLover (talk · contribs · count)
  5. Republic of Ireland The_Hybrid (talk · contribs · count)
  6. Germany D.M.N. (talk · contribs · count)
  7. Italy The_Rambling_Man (talk · contribs · count)
  8. Liechtenstein Peanutter67 (talk · contribs · count)
  9. Sri Lanka Kevo-723 (talk · contribs · count)
  10. Wales Clyde1998 (talk · contribs · count)
  11. San Marino Sunderland06 (talk · contribs · count)
  12. Austria Dreamafter (talk · contribs · count)

Of these editors: Gazh quit editing in July 2011 after a couple of final edits to the article Sunderland A.F.C., and some curses to Wikipedians in general; The_sunder_king was blocked in November 2007 for sock puppetry (a fan of Sunderland A.F.C., you think?; Agüeybaná quit editing in July 2008; JetLover quit editing in May 2008; The_Hybrid quit editing in November 2008, with three edits totally in the next two years; D.M.N. quit editing in June 2012, but maybe is a changed name from a prior compromised account, User:DavneI03, who knows, and is also, like quite a few players this cycle, an English football fan; The_Rambling_Man, another fan of Association Football,  is still an active editor, and also; Peanutter67 quit editing in August 2008, with four edits after that date, but is also, like other WikiCup competitors, quite an Association Football fan; Kevo-723 quit in June 2008, with  a few edits after that; Clyde1998 edits a few football articles a month; Sunderland06‘s last edits were also to the Sunderland A.F.C. article, although in July 2013; Dreamafter quit in March 2009, with one final edit a few years later. Looks like a sock army party was had by all; but, not much of a lasting benefit to en.Wikipedia. Editor retention was failing in 2007, just as badly as 2013. And not many science article editors. Here are today’s standings:

 Cwmhiraeth (submissions) 3606 –– specializing in articles about organisms
 Hawkeye7 (submissions) 2380 –– military history
 Sasata (submissions) 2198 — lots of science, lots of fungi, overall look well-written, and the taxonomy sections, while not ideal, appear to be written by someone capable of using the words
 Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) 1437 — military history
 Casliber (submissions) 1257 — generally high quality science articles written by someone who appears to understand science
 Adam Cuerden (submissions) 813 — restores old art and images, generally well done
 Miyagawa (submissions) 532 — popular culture and spaniels, a little loose in the nomenclature, “spaniel” is not a dog family, but generally information and not offensive while still making minor mistakes
 Piotrus (submissions) 418 — writes pretty good articles about Polish battles; and, no kidding, contributed to an article on Armoured trains of PolandSmialy_wagon_altyleryjski copy
 Ealdgyth (submissions)  100 — medieval archbishops of Canterbury

I’m going to look at 2008-2012 for more sock armies, as that seems to be a far more acceptable practice on en.Wikipedia than editing and improving articles, and I’m going to check out the few other science editors to compare their works with the bad science editors I’ve mentioned on my blog.


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