Help:Challenge Captain Instructions

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This page is for leaders of challenge teams.


In The Weeks Before Challenge

Set your team up for success

  • Check for existing profiles. If any of those profiles aren't open in privacy, let Eowyn or Mindy know.
  • Make sure you have the links handy for your Discord room, the G2G post for your week, and the links to the seven chosen profiles.
  • Create or improve a Space page for any documentation supplied about the nominated people, photographs, and other research items you want to keep together to help your team members.
  • Mindy will provide you with the link to your G2G post and your bounty sheet.
  • Mindy will give you the email addresses of your team members. You can send a message out a week before to Mindy or a co-captain, and then BCC all the team members. Give them at least a week to start researching and get ready.

Reach out to prior team members

  • You might want to reach out to past team members to make sure they register. For example:
Hello awesome WikiTree Challenge researchers,
If you haven’t heard yet, the WikiTree Challenge is continuing in 2023. Unlike other challenges, this won’t be a race to get a lot of sources. Instead we will be adding family members by branching out seven degrees in any direction. There will be seven unique profiles to start from, instead of the eight great-grandparents we are used to.
It would be delightful if we can set a great example of what can be done. I would be honored to have you join me! You can register now by answering the post in the G2G. Lets show everyone that we can rock this!

Days Before Challenge

Email all team members

Hello awesome team members!
The new week of the challenge is getting closer. You can use this time to look at the starting branches and figure out where you may want to start at.
Once the week starts, at noon (Eastern) on Thursday, [Day] [Month] go to the G2G post or Discord and note the ancestor you will be working on. If you have questions on an ancestor, or need to post bounty points (link), please add those as a comment under the answer for the great-grandparents in the G2G forum (link). Conversations have been lively in Discord during the week, so be sure to reach out to me if you haven't already joined the Discord Challenge room.
Lets rock this!

During Challenge

  • Provide gentle tips and tutorial links for new WikiTreers. We want them to be proud of their contributions.
  • Watch for mentions of duplicates and try to get those merged quickly.
  • Add to your "interesting facts" doc or server as you go along, so it isn't a large undertaking at the end of your week.
  • Check the G2G post each day (or more) for bounty points. Those need to be added to the "Bounties" tab on your weeks spreadsheet. If you have questions regarding the points, please contact Mindy or a Team member.

Email updates to all team members

Please send a daily email with updated stats or encouragement, and links to the Space page and G2G post.

Hello team,

We are now [number] hours into the challenge and we are busting down brick walls left and right! [number] new ancestors have been found already on WikiTree, or created. There have been [#] profiles created, [#] profiles edited, with a total of [#] edits so far! You guys are rocking this!

If you have a bounty to claim, make sure to post a comment under the relevant starting person and put the word "bounty" with what you have found. There are a lot of new ancestors to find, so spread out if you see several people working on a set of branches. If you are waiting for a translation or other expert input, put a note in the Research section of the profile so that others know.

Looking for something to work on?

You can reach me, or the other team members, in Discord (link). Remember to post in the G2G or in Discord which profile you are working on (link). Let's get out there now and find a few more walls to knock down.

Point bounties

  • One point is awarded for each sourced profile created within seven degrees of a starting person. Scoring is automatic. You do not need to track the profiles you create.
  • A 10-point bounty can be claimed for the first unique connection to the global family tree for each of the seven starting people if they were not already connected before the start of the week. If the connection path has a very weak link, e.g. an unsourced relationship, it may be disqualified.
  • Mid-week the team captain will announce a "brick wall" — a stubborn research problem — for each of the seven starting people. After the announcement, the brick walls will be posted on the G2G thread for each of the starting people and on the Space page. The first participant to find a relative beyond each brick wall will get a 10-point bounty.
  • A 10-point bounty will be awarded for the top seven Interesting Finds after the survey is tallied. This will occur on the closing day.

Video Chat

Don't forget to mention:

  • What is The WikiTree Challenge?
  • Which organization was highlighted this week.
  • MVP, high scores, and outstanding participants of the previous week.
  • How do you participate?
    • G2G page
    • Chat forum (Discord)
    • Reach out to your captain with questions
  • How to register for next month.
  • Introductions - the guest stars likely won't know who everyone is


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