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The current community collaboration is collecting works related to
the Eminent Women Series.

Last collaboration: Slavery in the United States (1837)

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Cirt (talk) 13:33, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

GFDL only works may have to be deletedEdit

Just to alert you before you put a lot of time into incorporating the GNU manuals into Wikisource -- they will probably have to be deleted. It is very likely that Wikimedia as a whole (of which Wikisource is a part) will switch over to CC-by-shareAlike, which we can do because of a clause in the new version of the GFDL. However, the clause specifically forbids relicensing material that had been first published elsewhere (specifically, the GNU manuals). So, when the relicensing goes through, the GNU manuals will have to be deleted. So you may not want to waste your time. JesseW (talk) 05:13, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Also, note that the GNU manuals have Invariant Sections, per the licensing statement (in an HTML comment on the page: ), so you need to mention that in the license tag on the pages you are including, or they are in violation of the license as they stand. JesseW (talk) 06:01, 21 January 2009 (UTC)


Good idea, I think it should exist here too. The preference at will be to show the original letter within the pagespace, but when transcluded, to show the modern equivalent letter. I actually see now that I was mistaken in using Ƈ ;it is more closely this character, though I cannot find it to use. - Theornamentalist (talk) 01:55, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

It already exists! {{ct}} - Theornamentalist (talk) 05:11, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
The ligature apparently breaks search engine matches, so it has been disabled. - Theornamentalist (talk) 05:18, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
For now, I guess we could use {{ct}} where it occurs. This way, when the ligature becomes available we can add it to the template and it will be updated everywhere it occurs. Sound good? - Theornamentalist (talk) 21:55, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
So as you're going through this, the length of the page is somewhat large, and we could potentially split it into parts (like this other book I'm working on); potentially into each song. There are plenty of reasons for either keeping it a single page or splitting it, but do you have a preference? - Theornamentalist (talk) 21:13, 1 February 2012 (UTC)


Welcome, Shooke, you'll love en.Wikisource —William Maury Morris II Talk 05:28, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

You are Welcome. This link below is where we start work for 40 days and 30 nights. You will love it or your money back. <smile> Where is Edwardo <sp?>, there is work for him too, and Raul, and Chris, and myself. "All for one and one for all" (playfully jesting) Maury (—William Maury Morris II Talk 04:02, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Good work!Edit

Shooke, your editing work is good—very good! It reminds me of someone I know. Feel free to come back and do some more (asap :) Thank you.

Muchas gracias,

Maury ( —William Maury Morris II Talk 17:13, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

Mexico as it was and as it isEdit

Muchas gracias por tu importante aportación, los cambios que has hecho yo no sabia como hacerlos.--Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 23:56, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

I agree with Raul. Thank you very much for your important contributions thus far because I did not know how to make those changes either. Feel free to do all of the most difficult pages because neither Raul nor I know how to do them. Thank you for the template page you did too. Raul followed that pattern and did the other pages. --Maury (—William Maury Morris II Talk 01:54, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
Me gustaría abusar un poquito y solcitarte que favor hagas el indice del libro en español, ya empecé a traducirlo. Muchas gracias.--Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 19:34, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Está perfecto, muchas gracias.--Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 17:48, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikisource:WikiProject NASA might interest youEdit

Very cool resource, add it to the new texts if you like. - Theornamentalist (talk) 22:18, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

The template does not allow for an image, but its not a bad idea. You might want to toss around the idea on the talk page. However, one problem I could see is that sometimes the {{New texts}} is that it can be quickly updated, and the chosen image out of the group might be replaced within a few hours. It might require some ordering and rules on how to update the image, and what to do in the case where none of the new texts have images. - Theornamentalist (talk) 22:42, 9 February 2012 (UTC)


Great work, thank you. I think I can finish this one, already added two more lines. Is there a tutorial or some aids I can use, there are other tables up a head with different formats.--Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 01:38, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Dear Shooke, hate to bother you, but need some help. Already finished the table you started and did some others, but I am having problems with the header of this one and on the format (, please take a look when you have a chance. Muchas gracias--Raúl Gutiérrez (talk) 17:44, 9 March 2012 (UTC)