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:
- 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.