Europa Universalis 4 Wiki:Contest

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The wiki ran a contest starting on 2015-06-09, coinciding with the release of Common Sense. The competition ended on 2015-06-20 at 20:00 CET.

(Everything below is written in present tense, but the contest is over. A new contest will likely happen next expansion)


Users can enter the contest by contributing to the wiki during that time span. Various actions give raffle tickets; the more tickets one amassed, the more likely one is to win. The top three contributors will be guaranteed prizes (see below).

Further winners will be selected using a random number generator. A single entrant cannot win more than one prize in the raffle. The prizes will be drawn in the order listed below. An entrant's chance of winning is proportional to the number of tickets they've obtained. The top three contributors by number of tickets will not be entered in the raffle.

In total, 15 copies of Crusader Kings II (CKII), 15 copies of Hearts of Iron III Collection (HoI3), and a copy of Victoria II will be awarded as prizes. The CKII and HoI3 Collection prizes will be paired together.

  • The #1 contributor will receive 3 CKII/HoI3 pairs and a copy of Victoria II
  • The #2 contributor will receive 2 CKII/HoI3 pairs
  • The #3 contributor will receive 1 CKII/HoI3 pair
  • 9 CKII/HoI3 pairs will be individually raffled off


Three users won based on having the most tickets:

  • Rasvyydas (60 tickets) won 3 CKII/HoI3 pairs and a copy of Victoria II
  • Stigni (57 tickets) won 2 CKII/HoI3 pairs
  • CaptainFlaggot (33 tickets) won a CKII/HoI3 pair

Nine users each won a CKII/HoI3 pair in the raffle:


  • All entrants must register an account on the wiki
  • Only edits after the start of the contest count
  • The entrant must have access to the email address they've defined for their account, as prizes will be sent via email. Failure to register an email address will mean that you'll be excluded from the prize drawing
  • Any vandalism will cause all raffle tickets earned by the entrant to be forfeit
  • The Paradox Wikis admin (Meneth) decides whether a raffle ticket has been earned based on the guidelines below
  • Entrants should read the style guidelines in order to ensure their edits are up to the wiki's standards
  • Moderators and halfops cannot enter the contest

Earning tickets

The following actions earn entrants a single raffle ticket:


  • Correcting 5-10 (depending on rework needed) spelling, grammar, or minor factual mistakes on the wiki. Note that British vs. American English does not count
  • Replacing a 192x128 flag with 800x533 versions or above, to a max of 1000x666. The replacement must not be upscaled, and must be similar to the in-game flag. Note that only flags that have emblems or similar will count, as simple geometric shapes do not see any real improvement from higher resolution. You can see all flags here at the size normally used on the wikis. If it doesn't look bad on there, replacing it will not give a ticket. Note that only users with at least one edit that have been registered for at least 10 minutes can upload images
  • Verifying a piece of uncertain info on a page that needs verification
  • Ensure that two pages are up to date. See outdated pages for a list of potentially outdated articles. If no changes are necessary for the page to be considered up to date, a justification must be written in the edit summary or on its Talk page. If the page is versioned for 1.10, updating it is worth 50% more (updating 4 pages will give 3 tickets). Updating a page for 1.9 or older is worth 100% more (updating 1 page will give 1 ticket).
  • Update four outdated page sections. See outdated pages for a list of potentially outdated articles. Most of these are versioned by section. If no changes are necessary for the section to be considered up to date, a justification must be written in the edit summary or on the page's Talk page. If the section is versioned for 1.10, updating it is worth 50% more (updating 8 sections will give 3 tickets). If the section is versioned for 1.9 or older, updating it is worth 100% more (updating 2 sections will give 1 tickets). Note that when the section is up to date the section versioning should not be removed, but rather set to "1.12". This will make it stop displaying until 1.13 is released.


  • Properly describe two conditions in the "unsorted" section of the conditions page. This includes putting them in the appropriate table(s) and filling out "type" and "description"
  • Add two missing scopes to the scopes page. This includes putting them in the appropriate table(s) and filling out "new scope", "type" and "description"
  • Add two missing commands to the commands page. This includes filling out "effect", "how to use", any caveats, and "scope" for commands that go in "other scopes"

The following actions earn a varying number of raffle tickets. Usually two or more:

  • Improving an article by such an extent that it is reassessed at a higher level. See Category:Articles by quality for information on how assessment works
  • Significantly improving an A-class or FA-class article
  • Adding a strategy guide to a page in Category:Needs strategy guide. Note that the strategy guide must either be your own work, or another person's work used with permissions and significantly reworked to comply with the wiki's style guidelines
  • Rewrite an existing strategy guide or page to conform with the style guidelines
  • Write a page about an important modding concept
  • Other significant improvements to the wiki


  • Write sections on the user interface page detailing the province interface and country interface (the one that pops up when you click a country shield)

Any action on the list undertaken between the release of Common Sense and the end of the contest will earn tickets.

Reporting completion

For most of the above, no report of the action is necessary. A descriptive edit summary is enough. Please only contact Meneth about tickets if you've got any complaints about the # of tickets given, if 24 or more hours after your actions you've yet to receive any tickets, or for the circumstances described below. Questions about anything else are welcome at any time and will be answered as soon as possible.

Correction of spelling/grammar mistakes has to be reported to Meneth. This can be done at User talk:Meneth. Simply state that you believe you've fixed enough issues, and Meneth will check your edit history.

If you believe you have made a significant contribution ("Other significant improvements to the wiki"), or that your ticket-earning contributions have been missed, this can be reported at User talk:Meneth.

All earned tickets are be listed below on a per-user basis. There is no need to notify Meneth that one is entering the contest (except for the specific contributions mentioned above); it is assumed everyone wants a chance at winning a prize.

Earned tickets

User Tickets earned
Atwix 4
Adusak90 7
Alexander 1
Andreib14 1
Arms Spaghetti 2
BoxofPresents 1
Brosov 2
CaptainFlaggot 33
Carterup 1
Chocolatnave 14
Christopholes 6
Doomd 2
Eklyth 1
Fabyom 2
FrenchOdyssey 1
Freger 1
Flipp 2
Fuego65 1
Gendalf 2
Giveit55 2
Glopping Noise 10
Grifen88 5
Guzjohnson 3
G-ZeuZ 1
Hunter 2
HoboMcJoe 3
Jlonghurst 11
Jruderman 1
Littlefinger 3
Lobberlot 1
Luminar 1
Matador09 4
Maxo 0 2
Mordekai99 7
Moyang 15
Mvm900 1
Nakki 1
Neondt 12
Nixx 13
Perses 6
Phalanx300 4
Pioco56 1
Psychoguineapig 5
Pyroclastic 5
RandoomJD 1
Rasvyydas 60
Razza 1
Screwface 1
Sian 1
Silver Wizard 8
Stigni 57
Straputsky 2
Sub-woofer 4
Tiggurix 7
Tkamin 2
Unknownuser123 28
Xylozi 1
Zara1709 7
Zenphoenix 29
Zraith 1
Total 413