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  • Starting from a one-line stub, a featured article represent the pinnacle of article evolution and the best that Wikipedia has to offer. The Military History Project on English Wikipedia boasts thousand such featured articles under its scope. These thousand articles comprise about twenty-percent of all the featured articles on English Wikipedia. This post will let you know about the various ways adopted by the Project to encourage editors to write a featured article.

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Military History Project's composite logo. Image by Kirill Lokshin, PD-self.
 
A featured picture from the Project: Gassed. Painting by John Singer Sargent, PD-Art
 
Project's monthly newletter, The Bugle. Image by Bellhalla, CC by SA 3.0 Unported

WikiProject Military History on English Wikipedia recently achieved the feat of thousand featured articles (FAs) within its scope. As it is known by all, FAs are best articles produced by the Wikipedia community, and are considered as the pinnacle of article evolution. Climbing up through various levels of assessment, it takes several months for article to reach this, and in the backstage, it may even count few days of an editor.

Impressively, these FAs from the Military History Project calculate twenty-percent of about five thousand FAs on English Wikipedia. Now that it has reached a milestone, the Project self re-targeted to achieve 1,250 FAs. The project not only has a target for FAs but also for featured pictures, good articles, other featured content, and B-class articles as well. The current progress in respective categories can seen the Project's Main page.

Most of the Featured articles from the Project go through the Project's A-class review process, which is as competent as a featured article candidature, and also helps the editors to prepare their article to almost FA grading. Another motivation by the Project for FAs is, it has a contest department which gives twenty-six points to editors have developed a featured article from the scratch. Points are also awarded for developing to A-class, Good article, B-class etc. All these points sum up to the monthly and annual Military history writing contest.

To support the editors writing FAs, the project has several editor-friendly instructional essays at its academy. Examples include: Writing a featured article, Understanding Featured article criteria 1c, Writing a large-scope article etc. The Academy is the Project's online training school intended to help members improve their editing skills by gathering together essays on a wide range of subjects relevant to military history. These essays range from instructions to beginners to instructions to coordinators. The project also has its own pages for content, notability, and style, to help editors understand about what goes into writing a military history article.

The Project's monthly newsletter, The Bugle, encourages the Featured and A-class writers of the Project by a mention in the Article news section. The mention includes the user name, and also a short blurb about the article. The newsletter is a collection of various on-going news around the Project, and also includes book reviews, Open-Ed, and also a section reminiscing the timeline major battles in the history.

Apart from what is in place for FAs, the Project has several other contrivances to keep the editors motivated and encouraged to contribute more. The most significant of them is the Awards section. This includes award of titles like Military historian of the year, Military history newcomer of the year etc. Also, four versions of A-class medals have been established to encourage the editors to nominate the article for the Project's A-class review before taking it to FA candidature. The WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves are awarded by the project coordinators in the name of the project as a whole; they are intended to recognize editors who have made contributions of truly incredible quality or importance in the area of military history. The project also gives out awards for reviewing articles related to military history on various assessment pages.

Since its inception WikiProject Military History is considered as one of the largest and most active projects on English Wikipedia. Started as WikiProject Battles in 2003, widening its scope, the Project eventually settled at WikiProject Military History.

It has not only known for its activeness, but also for its unique ways in running the Project. Back in 2006, it is the one of the first WikiProjects on English Wikipedia to have coordinators. Incidentally, the Project's first Lead coordinator, Kirill Lokshin is the present Chair of Affiliations Committee.

The Project maintains task forces to organize collaboration on particular military history topics. These taskforces have based on General topics such as Military aviation, Intelligence etc., based on Nations and regions such as African, Asian, Ottoman etc., and based on Periods and conflicts such as American Civil War, Crusades, Classical Warfare etc.

On a closing note, I conclude that WikiProject Military History is a unique project with unique measures, and is always open to comments and criticism that help in the Project's evolution. The IRC channel for the Project is #wikipedia-en-milhistconnect.

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Krishna Chaitanya Velaga, Coordinator | WikiProject Military History