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Again, welcome! Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:15, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Popular Science Montly (PSM)Edit

Thanks for your contributions to the project. We have a Proofreading guide specifically for the PSM project which covers about 90%+ of the formatting styles we use. But, not everything. If you need any help wit missing info, please let me know and gladly answer your questions and add it to the guide as well. — Ineuw talk 21:13, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

@Ineuw: Thank you for the tweaking and cleanup you did after me today. I'll definitely go through the Proofreading guide. This page: Index:Popular Science Monthly Volume 81.djvu says "Note that relevant formatting guidelines may have already been established. Please check this Index's discussion page." But when I went to the Index's discussion page, there is no information there. I suggest that a prominent link to this proofreading guide be added somewhere on that Index page (or its discussion page) so that new editors like me are aware of such helpful guides. Once again, thanks for guidance. --Siddhant (talk) 21:22, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Chapter numbers on sub-pagesEdit

Hi, we have a deliberate policy of using arabic numerals rather than roman in the page titles of sub-pages. This allows for a consistency and allows wiki-linking to be straightforward.

Also, with the first pages of the chapters, I deliberately chose to make the headings bigger than they are in the text, because they don't stand out as easily when left the same size as the remainder the text. The aim is to give an authentic digital transcription of the content, not an imitation of a printed page. Basic formatting like italics, bold, small-caps and relative font-size are retained, but the other formatting needs to look good on the screen while staying with authorial intentions (as opposed to those of the printer or the publisher). Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:08, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

@Beeswaxcandle: Oh noez! I did not know that. I also notice, that Wikisource:Style_guide#Page_titles does not mention this rule. Can you kindly add this there? Now, what do we do? Should I rollback all page moves? Lot of work :/

And regarding the first pages of chapters, what should be done now? Do I go through all the pages and change it back? Too much work :/ And how did you decide that it should be {{x-larger}} and not just {{larger}}? Is there a guide which can help me make those decisions?

And by the way, thanks a lot for your feedback. --Siddhant (talk) 11:01, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

@Beeswaxcandle: There are other novels too which use Roman numerals for Chapter numbering. eg The_Centaurians/Chapter_VIII. Are there plans to change them too? --Siddhant (talk) 11:05, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Mdashes and ligaturesEdit

@Siddhant: Please don't replace the ASCII characters in the PSM titles !!!! I did it for a good reason. I generate the titles indexes and TOC from my desktop database. I don't wish you to meddle. Please leave things as they are. And revert your changes. — Ineuw talk 21:15, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

I am infuriated by your lack consulting and by extension inconsideration for others' efforts. I spent five and a half years with this project planning every aspect of it and when I must correct, I return to the beginning to implement the changes, so that everything is consistent. This project was not undertaken to please the 300 or so active editors here. It was done with consideration for the general public - for most of whom the primary language is not English, and for those who don't know that a ligature or an mdash is. Furthermore, there are numerous external links to these articles as well. Redirects or no redirects. — Ineuw talk 21:31, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
@Ineuw:I'm extremely sorry for my offending edits. I'll revert them. --Siddhant (talk) 01:05, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
@Ineuw:Done. Please let me know of any other irritations I might be causing. I really appreciate and respect the work you have done and are doing for this project. Cheers! --Siddhant (talk) 01:30, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks.— Ineuw talk 01:45, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

display author full nameEdit

Hi. My sincere apologies for my many undocumented "stylistic formats and rules" I follow. I strive to put the author's full name everywhere, except on the original page namespace title pages. The reason being that it's better to offer complete information to the reader, so essentially, there is a method to all my madness.

An editor has a measure of flexibility in the design of the main namespace pages, and I took advantage of it, but did not document all of it. The alphabetic PSM contributor list is also generated from my offline database, but I can find changed information and reverse the process of updating my database as well.

As for the "undocumented styles", in the past 5-1/2 years I worked mostly alone on PSM, with the exception of User:Mpaa who was extensively involved with the applied styles and a few editors proofreading pages here and there. So, this sudden involvement of so many regular proofreaders is unexpected but gratifying. — Ineuw talk 05:06, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

@Ineuw:Please, don't apologize. I try to follow your style as much as possible. Sometimes I infer them incorrectly and end up diverging, thus causing you headaches. :p The reason I'm helping out is that the PSM Project is one the most organized projects I've come across here, thanks to your work, of course. Once again, you have done and you are doing splendid work! I love it when you give me feedback on my contributions. Please, keep them coming. I hope that with help from us vagrant and infrequent contributors, the project might finish a little earlier than you expected :-) --Siddhant (talk) 13:26, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Source for the name linkEdit

Hi, there! In this PSM article you have linked abbreviated translator's name "F.J.M." to Author:J. Fitzgerald. Is there any specific reason/source for this attribution? Cheers, Captain Nemo (talk) 01:23, 20 July 2015 (UTC).


The lastname = parameter should be "Keessel". No, that is not his entire last name, but the "lastname" parameter is for alphabetical sorting, not for indicating his last name. I have adjusted the parameter. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:50, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your comment. See my edit for Author:Joannes van der Linden. I think that's the right solution here too (I learned that from Author:Bartholomeus van der Helst). If you agree, I'll do the same changes to Keessel. Also, as per Wikipedia:van (Dutch), van is part of the surname, not firstname. Thoughts? --Siddhant (talk) 22:00, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
I prefer less fuss, myself, but both methods are possible. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:16, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

Also note: [1] dates of birth and death are not necessary if the page is added to the matching data item at Wikidata. Our template automatically gathers those dates and generates the proper categories from WD.

It is necessary to add a license template, such as {{PD-old}} to indicate the status of copyright on an author's writings. --EncycloPetey (talk)

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