The Clean-a-Thon is an annual community clean-up weekend.
Our mission: clear out as many Data Doctor suggestions as possible. To make it fun we have teams and compete to see who can clear out the most.
We're starting Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT (GMT -4), April 24.
The event runs until Monday at 8:00 AM EDT, April 27.
We have these set times so that Wiki Genealogists from all over the world will be participating together, at the same time.
Here is a time zone calculator if you need help figuring out the right time in your part of the world.
We will be hosting live YouTube/Facebook video chats throughout the weekend to cheer each other on and announce t-shirt prize winners. There will be a chat every four hours, around the clock, with one winner drawn per chat.
You need to register in advance.
Simply post an answer saying "Yes, I'd like to participate" along with what team you'd prefer, if any. If you're not sure about a team, say a few things about your location, genealogical interests, and/or what you like to work on at WikiTree.
The cut-off date for registering is midnight on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
If you have any trouble or questions, contact Eowyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For fun, participants are divided into teams.
If you don't choose a team (see the list below) you will be assigned one.
Starting a team
Would you like to organize a team?
Teams can be organized around anything, or just for fun. They could be location-based, for a popular surname, related to a project, or around a specific Data Doctor suggestion or error group.
Team captains are expected to:
- Create a free-space profile for your team to communicate on. When the Clean-a-Thon starts we will add customized suggestion lists on team pages for team members to use, e.g. suggestions for Massachusetts profiles to the Team Massachusetts page.
- Recruit for your team by replying to members who post on the register messages asking if they'd like to join your team.
- Communicate with team members to encourage them and cheer on the group.
- During the Clean-a-Thon, post to the team thread on G2G with updates about how the team is doing.
Are you interested in being a team captain? Contact Eowyn at email@example.com and let her know. If you don't have an idea for a team, she can let you know which ones are needed.
- Every participant should be on one and only one team.
- Teams can have co-captains.
- Aleš can offer weighted team statistics (number of contributions divided by number of team members) so we will not be splitting teams this time.
- Wizards of Aus (Australia). Captain: Kathleen Cobcroft.
- Canada Cleanup Crew (for the Canadian Maritimes also see the Nor'Easters). Captain: Christine Daniels
- Flying Dutchmen (Netherlands). Captains: Bea Wijma and Astrid Schellenberger
- Kiwi Crew (New Zealand). Captain: Campbell Braddock
- Sandringham Strollers (England). Captains: Gillian Thomas and Janet Wild
- Spic-n-Span Scandinavians (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland). Captain: Juha Soini
- Springboks South Africa (South Africa). Captain: Louis Heyman
- Windsor Warriors (England). Captains: Susie MacLeod and Joan Whitaker
- Cornbread Catchers, (Southern USA). Captains: Sarah Rojas and Debi Hoag
- Great Lakes Team (Great Lakes area). Captain: Timothy Bittner.
- Massachusetts 600 (covering errors in Massachusetts profiles, mainly 600 Location suggestions). Captain: Bob Keniston.
- Team Mid-Atlantic US, (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey). Captain: Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz.
- Team Missouri . Captain: Lori Zukerman
- Nor'Easters (covering Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island). Captain: Steven Tibbetts.
- Super Sweepers (covering Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas). Co-captains: Loretta Leger, Laura Bozzay, Dorothy Barry
- Southwest Sunshiners (covering Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah) Captain: Russ Gunther
- Virginia Spring Cleaners - 2020 (covering Virginia & West Virginia, Kentucky researchers also welcome; name the suggestion code/timeframe you want to work on). Captain: Mindy Silva
- Western Red Cedars (covering Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) Captains: Azure Robinson and Sondra Marshall
- A Rose By Any Other Name (General team). Captains: Emma MacBeath.
- Legacy Heirs. Captain: Lisa Murphy
- The Musty, Dusty Team covering Pre-1500 errors. Captain: Marty Acks.
- Tree Nuts Working on any errors and having fun doing it. Co-captains: Eowyn Langholf and Julie Ricketts.
A detailed tutorial can be found on the Space:Spring Clean-a-Thon Tutorial.
Where to find suggestions
There are a few different ways to choose suggestions to work on:
- By Project:
- Go to the category page for the project you're interested in, e.g., Category: Project Name Project -- and look for the sub-categories named "Project Name Needs ..." or "Project Name Maintenance Categories".
- Use the "Managed By" option on WikiTree+ and enter the Project Account to run the error list on the watchlist for your project. You can find a list of Project Accounts here: Category: Project Accounts
- Descriptions of Suggestions:
- By Surname:
- Go to any surname page and click the "error report" link (HINT: It's in the middle of the links above the list of profiles)
Progress reports are up to 5 minutes old:
|Reports||By Team||By User||By Suggestion||By User and Suggestion||Update frequency|
|Team||Team User||Team Suggestion||Team User and Suggestion||5 min|
|Simple||Team||User||Suggestion||User and Suggestion||5 min|
|Detailed||Team Detailed||User Detailed||Suggestion Detailed||User and Suggestion Detailed||1 hour|
|By Day||Team by Day||User by Day||Suggestion by Day||User and Suggestion by Day||1 hour|
|Total By Hour||By Hour||1 hour|
Once you finish work on an error, you can set a status and enter a comment for it.
There are five actions:
- Comment (no change in status): This enables you to add a comment without changing the status.
- Not corrected: This sets the error as not corrected. It will continue to be shown in all lists.
- Corrected (hide until next recheck): This sets the error as corrected so it will be hidden from error reports until next dump. After that it will be shown again if it was not actually corrected.
- False error (hide forever): This sets the error as a false error. It will be hidden from WikiTree+ error reports forever.
- Proposed merge (hide for 30 days): This hides the error for 30 days thus giving a merge time to be completed. The error will be hidden from prepared error lists.
Each time you work an error and set the status, you'll earn a contribution point.
We will be awarding special "2020 Spring Clean-a-Thon" t-shirts as prizes.
- The top five winners who correct the most suggestions will get t-shirts.
- We will draw one participant at random during every video chat (see the section above). You don't need to be in the chat to win but you do need to register in advance and be participating.
Every participant can get only one t-shirt, therefore:
- If you win a drawing, you can't win again.
- Clean-a-Thon winners will only get one shirt.
Badges for Winners
In addition to the participation badge, the top winners will get the 2020 Spring Clean-a-Thon Winner badge. These winners will include:
- The top 10 winners overall.
- The top winner in each error category.
- Everyone on the winning team who participated (both overall and by average).
If you have Clean-a-Thon questions, please post them here.
Official team members list
- Coming soon