2014 WikiCup enters round three
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SMS , as restored by first-place finisher Gefion Adam Cuerden
Round 3 of the 2014
WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Adam Cuerden ( submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from , lithographs of various warships (such as Urania's Mirror SMS ) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Gefion Godot13 ( submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's ChrisGualtieri ( submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Cliftonian ( submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Caponer ( submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Reid,iain james ( submissions), tiger from Cwmhiraeth ( submissions) and from The Lion King Igordebraga ( submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Czar ( submissions) and Red Phoenix ( submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.
192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals.
Gallery of content created for the WikiCup this round
Of course this is not a complete list of content produced by any contestant; consider this a bite-sized sampling of their work.
FP from his GA,
, by first-place Urania's Mirror Adam Cuerden. One of thirty-four featured pictures restored by him in round two.
Godot13 created the FL Silver certificate (United States) – and a set of thirty-three featured pictures to go in it.
Great Captain Island Light was one of third-place ChrisGualtieri's twenty-seven GAs
Sturmvogel 66 worked on battleships, such as the FA Japanese battleship
Musca (constellation) was made an FA by fifth-place Casliber, seen here under its former name, Apis, in its first depiction in a celestial atlas.
Cliftonian had an impressive three FAs, including Ian Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia that led the country to independence.
Getting the top-importance
tiger up to GA gave seventh-place Cwmhiraeth a ton of bonus points.
As they work mainly on pop-music articles, the FL
List of songs recorded by Sky Ferreira is one of the few bits of eighth-place WikiRedactor's work I have a freely-licensed image for.
Caponer produced on Virginia- and West-Virginia-centric GAs and FLs, including Colross.
Hurricanehink unsurprisingly works on hurricanes, such as his GA, Typhoon Fitow.
The C of E had masses of DYKs, and a GA on The Oval (Belfast).
ThaddeusB had masses of DYKs and ITNs, including one on the bizarre Blood Moon Prophecy, yet another attempt to predict the end of the world.
The area around
Somerset in England was the subject of beautifully-illustrated GAs by Rodw (Pumps dealing with the winter flooding of 2013–14 on the Somerset Levels shown)
12george1 is another hurricane expert, with six GAs, including Tropical Storm Andrea.
Sip 'n Dip Lounge, in which women dressed as mermaids swim in an aquarium-like pool, was raised to GA by Montanabw, alongside two other GAs and an FA.
Czar created an FA on a video game peripheral, the Menacer, as part of the Sega Genesis featured topic.
You know how I keep mentioning that someone's name meant they'd obviously work on the type of content they did? That's not always the case:
CycloneIsaac's points came from raising articles on highways to GA. (View from Nebraska Highway 88 shown)
Vern Bickford (left) was one of Secret's four GAs on various subjects.
Sven Manguard got several video-game articles up to GA, including . Thanks to his work getting video game companies to release screenshots, we can even show you what he worked on.
Wizardman brought baseball player articles to GA. ( Fred Dunlap shown.)
Because it has a better illustration than
their GA, have a look at the lead image for Cloudz679's DYK, Vysočina Region (in the Czech Republic).
Another hurricane expert,
Yellow Evan got four 1982 typhoons to GA. ( Typhoon Andy shown.)
Sibyl Hathaway is one of the varied GAs by Matty.007.
Igordebraga has GAs on and The Lion King . I'm only allowed to show free-use images here, so here's a picture of Iron Man 3 Robert Downey, Jr., Iron Man 3's star.
Just because they didn't pass to Round 3 doesn't mean there wasn't some excellent content created by the participants. This section features some of the work by people who had a damn good try at a place. As before, they all did a lot more work than the sample featured.