Southern Super Sweepers Official Chat Page - Scan-a-thon Jan. 2019

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The Southern Super Sweepers
Official Chat Page

We can use the page to cheer each other on,
ask questions or just talk Southern! :)

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asked in The Tree House by Loretta Corbin G2G6 Mach 4 (46k points)
edited by Ellen Smith
Let's see if this works. Let's do it in chat!  I think al you have to do is comment...
Unfortunately, I have to check out until later this afternoon but I will be back on a full roll!! Good luck team!! Enjoy the day.
8:43 a.m. EST and we're in first place! Gooooo Sweepers!!!!
I have only slowed down because I reached the point where I have had to search for photos and documents, scan, edit, name and then upload. Whew!! I am almost out of things to scan but will keep trying.
You are certainly rocking them out. Way to go!

I stand for the rights of all who follow the rules!

Thank you to the leaders for clarifying the 10 image limit and rectifying the situation and coming up with a solution.

My teammates are the Best of the Best, they busted it out even with a 20 hour power outage in some areas!  Y'all ROCK WikiTree! Thanks to everyone who participated in filling in some of the gaps in Our Tree. Now, back to sourcing, merging and editing suggestions.

True. The rules did say “limit of ten.” If there had been an unlimited amount allowed, I could have uploaded dozens of more photos. I must have had another 50 or so for my dad, my mom, and grandparents.

That 20 hour power outage killed me.
Hi Loretta, you forgot to include the part where I said we were looking into this.  Thanks!
Still waiting.

Loretta —

It kind of feels to me that this is a bit of an overreaction. If there were truly something at stake, I can understand why you’d be so upset, but this was all for fun and a few t-shirts and coffee mug prizes awarded at random. I really don’t think it’s worth all of the drama.

Additionally, you may not be aware that after a contest like this, Eowyn is usually pretty busy with follow-up tasks. So is Ales. I’m sure they’ll look into this as quickly as they can. From what I know, this was a simple reporting error. We’ve never had a contest like this before, so it’s understandable that there might be a glitch or two. Remember:

  1. We know mistakes are inevitable. We don't want to be afraid to make them. We assume that mistakes are unintentional when others make them and ask for the same understanding.

Julie, have you looked at the facts! This was no mistake. At least 3 individuals scanned hundreds of images in to 3 profiles. Rules stat a limit of 10 image per profile. These were data dumps into free space pages. Not in accordance to the rules! 

Loretta --

I did look at the facts, yes. And I fail to find anything that looked malicious. What I did find is an innocent misunderstanding of the rules.

We always learn something from these events. The biggest thing we've learned so far is how meaningful they are to so many people and how they allow us an opportunity to come together as a community and get to know one another better.
Eowyn, Thank you for taking the lead and looking at the facts. As Wikitreer's, we have an obligation to follow our Honor Code and rules, that keeps WikiTree's integrity above reproach and to a higher standard than other genealogy sites. We are not here to win little games, we ARE here to preserve and connect our past, present and future, in a solid and factual way.

The Big Winner is WikiTree! Without everyone's participation, WikiTree would not be in existence and that would be a terrible loss to the community and the World.
We  always do our best to keep the integrity of WikiTree and to uphold the Honor Code in all ways - particularly when it comes to understanding mistakes are unintentional and  always assuming the best, not expecting that people are cheaters.   Thanks!

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Hey everyone, lets use this page to chat as it is the fun page and doesn't go to everyone's email. Our wonderful leader "Loretta" just wanted to get us chatting and sharing before Friday starts. 

From my experience our project weekend chat works really well, so I believe we can get our Super Sweepers chat to work well too!! So, I am reposting this comment by Loretta and hope you all will join in the conversations!!   First, though making sure this is working correctly. So I will start with another post to answer Loretta's question HERE:

  • Today at 7:19 PM Loretta (Leger) Corbin wrote: 

Y'all all now I'm from the South. How about replying all and tell us about yourself!  

Let's have some FUN!!!

answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Loretta Corbin
Th empower just came back on. I’m up and running... scanning.



14 more scanned and uploaded! More coming!
You go guy!
Welcome back, Pip!! I am still slowly plugging along but will have to check out before long.

Got another 50 in, but I think I’m scanned out. Nothing left. It’s 12:05 a.m. Monday, so off to bed. Hope our lead holds!!!

Great job, everybody!!


We lost by 12 scans. I didn’t have anything left. I didn’t prepare well enough. I probably could have gotten some photos from my mother, but it might not have done any good as I had already loaded up the more recent generations. 

Ah, well. Next year. I’m going to work in my Transylvania County lines (since I live there) and hop in the car and hit the cemeteries for all those grave stones.

We did great! What a wonderful team!

I agree Pip, We have the VERY BEST TEAM! And we follow the rules!

It is easy to win, when you don't follow the rules. This is as bad as a data dump! They broke every rule!
Sorry y'all, I had enough photos to really rock this thing but my body and mind gave out and I fell asleep and only just now managed to wake up.  I should have offered to share my photo folders with everyone and let others help me upload them.  The problem is that in most cases there were no profiles for them.  I doubled my family tree online this weekend by adding profiles.  Also a lot of the photos I have are not family.  I make cemetery photos to go on my web pages and I have hundreds, maybe even thousands and have to search for profiles on all of them.

But we still did a wonderful job!!
I could not be more proud of a team than I am this one. Everyone of you Rocked it out this weekend and the wonderful thing about is, y'all are still going adding sources and fixing those suggestions

We walk with our heads held high, for we know we did our best! The Clean-a-thon is around the corner...
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Just drafted so I'm checking in ;-)
answered by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (282k points)

Welcome aboard, I'll get you added to the list.
Here is our G2G CHAT.
And here is our SPACE PAGE 

We be the friendliest drafters in the business. Y'all com'on down to the Fun Team! cheeky


I don't think I have 500 photos!
lol, I don't know if the system fills in the number or what, but 500 is a good round number.  lol
Dusting off the scanner...
lol I have the distinct feeling your scanner, blazes day and night.
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Joining the Southern Super Sweepers Chat page!!

Cute logo, sweeping off the photo album,,, nice job Loretta!!

Hi SJ Baty, glad you could join us. Also thanks for joining the "Appreciation Team", you will do well there too!!

December will definitely be a busy month for most, with family and visitors and Christmas and ... and.... and.of course WikiTree!!!
answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Thank you Dorothy. We just needed a little something to show our willingness to play. :) Of course we have to keep it light hearted and fun! 

Southern Super Sweepers Rock!

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Are y'all gathering up all those old photos and papers? We only have a few short weeks to knock the dust off and get to scanning. :)

Chat it up! Let's get that team spirit roaring!!!

Go Southern Super Sweepers Go!!!

answered by Loretta Corbin G2G6 Mach 4 (46k points)
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Some of the rules of the game:  :)

answered by Loretta Corbin G2G6 Mach 4 (46k points)
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... ... ... participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2019 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading 500 items to profiles.

Placing the following text in your bio will put this sticker on your profile (your name automatically appears but you need to enter the year and total eligible scanned items when the challenge is over):

{{Scan-a-Thon|team=Southern Super Sweepers|year=2019|items=500}}
answered by Loretta Corbin G2G6 Mach 4 (46k points)
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Some of the rules of the game:  :)

We'll be doing random drawings during our periodic video hangouts. Winners will receive their choice of a Scan-a-Thon t-shirt or mug.


Participation means uploading original images to WikiTree person profiles or free-space profiles.

If you don't have boxes of unscanned photos laying around (like some of us do!) you can still participate. Examples of other items that can be scanned and uploaded:

  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Ephemera
  • Funeral Cards
  • Primary Documents

If you don't have a scanner, there are apps like Genius Scan and JoyFlips that are free and function like a scanner. See Greg Slade's G2G post for more information.

Only upload images once

Images should only be uploaded once. If you have different resolutions of the same image, upload the higher-resolution version. However, note that images cannot be over 10MB. If there is more than one person in a photo, identify the additional people on the image edit page after uploading it.

For more info, see our our Photos FAQ.

Only original images

The challenge is limited to original images, i.e. images that you have scanned, photographed or otherwise obtained yourself. Images downloaded from other websites should not be counted.

This does mean that it will be harder to participate if you don't have photos and documents that need to be scanned. You might consider asking family members, contacting a local library or historical society, or coordinating with your team members to find other sources.

Only 10 images per profile

WikiTree isn't meant for storing large collections of family photos. If everyone scanned all their childhood photos and put them on WikiTree we couldn't remain a free website. Other websites are designed for photo storage. We are a genealogy website.

Therefore, we have made the rule that only the first 10 uploads to a profile count. That is, if you're uploading more than 10 photos of the same person, only the first 10 will count toward your Scan-a-Thon score.

Only Public and Open profiles

The only images that will count are those uploaded to Public and Open profiles. Private images will not be counted.

Always respect copyrights

See the Legal Genealogist's "Copyright and the old family photo." If you aren't sure if something counts post your question in this G2G thread [coming soon].


Tracking and reporting will be done automatically.

answered by Loretta Corbin G2G6 Mach 4 (46k points)
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I do not see my name on the team for the Scan-A-Thon but I do have the Badge and just posted to G2G but thought I would follow up here. If there is still room on the team, I would love to join this team again since I participated on it for the Source-A-Thon. Really looking forward to this event!!
answered by Virginia Fields G2G3 (3.7k points)
Hi Virginia , welcome to the Southern Super Sweepers!! Hopefully you are now on the team page, but we hope you chat here with us as well.
You are there now, sorry, it has been one of those crazy days! And my wonderful "Yankee Husband" volunteered me to pick up trash at The Famed Cadillac Ranch tomorrow (in the Mud).
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Just chatting (checking in):

I was born in Ohio, grew up in Michigan, met my Savannah-born husband in Rhode Island.  We got married in Tennessee and moved near Atlanta, Georgia and we've been here since.  I dearly hope this will be the closest to the gnat-line that I'll get.  My mother-in-law says I'm a Yankee but I consider myself a southerner.  And, I have an apron that says I cook southern-style to prove it.
answered by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
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Hi Southern Super Sweepers

Hi Mid-Atlantic Team

Hope you have fun this long weekendsmiley

From the Sandringham Strollers Team

 Sandringham House

answered by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 3 (39.8k points)
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Good Luck Everyone and Happy Scanning!

from Team Missouri

answered ago by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 3 (31.5k points)
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 The Flying Dutchmen -Vliegende Hollanders wish you all a lot of fun and good luck this weekend !

answered ago by Bea Wijma G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
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Hi All! I scanned 113 pics today. Tonight my laptop went haywire (yes, where all the pics are). If it just overuse, I’ll be ok, but if not I’m out. Will let you as soon as I know something in the morning. crying

answered ago by Pip Sheppard G2G6 Pilot (830k points)
Oh no, maybe you just overheated it... hoping all is well in the morning.
Thanks, Dorothy! I’m just sick. Downloading drivers for my desktop now. Will rescan in the morning if all else fails.
Oh no, Pip!  113.  Do you do everything at lightning speed?  I've done 2.  Actually I've scanned 3 but I don't know who is in pic #3.  Best of luck.
Wonky laptop. It’s at least ten years old. The desktop is new, but it’s shut down, too. Had to reboot.
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Nor'Easters stopping in to wish you all best of luck. Get those scanners warmed up. wink

answered ago by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
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Congrats on a fine finish and an amazing number of improvements to our global tree, from Team Acadia!

answered ago by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 3 (38.1k points)
Thank you so much Stephanie!
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Nor'Easters stopping by to congratulate all those that participated in the SCAT. Many photos, documents, gravesites, etc have been added to profiles making them much more informative to view.

answered ago by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
Thank you so much Steven!

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