Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/January 2024

Monthly Challenge

January 2024

Welcome to the Monthly Challenge!

  • Each month, the challenge aims to proofread and validate several texts.
  • It provides a safe space for new users to learn about Wikisource.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and makes free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.
  • Pages processed: 4756
    • (158% of 3000)
  • Pages proofread: 3816
  • Pages validated: 682
  • Pages processed: 5313
    • (177% of 3000)
  • Pages proofread: 4283
  • Pages validated: 922
  • Pages processed: 4334
    • (144% of 3000)
  • Pages proofread: 3983
  • Pages validated: 295
  • Pages processed: ~3928
    • (~130% of 3000)
  • Pages proofread: 2660
  • Pages validated: 1199

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January 2024 edit

  • Works in current challenge: 79
  • Total pages in current challenge: 27428
  • Average processed pages per day this month: 153
  • Recent changes in this Challenge (only indexes, pages, authors)

Guidelines edit

Welcome to this month's challenge. For a general overview of proofreading at Wikisource, see Help:Beginner's guide to proofreading. The challenge has a few special guidelines and tips for new users.

Guidelines, tips and information

Guidelines edit

  1. If you've worked on a page, but don't have time to finish, please save your work as Not Proofread.
  2. If you encounter a difficulty such as a table, missing image, or a different alphabet, please mark the page as Problematic and an experienced editor will review it.
  3. Once you have finished proofreading a page, make sure to mark it as Proofread.
  4. Validation requires a careful checking of the proofread text to make sure that the formatting and spelling match the original. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines in Help:Beginner's guide to validation. Once you finish validating a page, mark it as Validated.
    • Do not use spell-check to validate, as many older works use non-standard spellings. Even if there is a mistake in the original, transcribe it as-is.

Tips edit

  1. Many books published before 1820 feature a long s (ſ). Replace those with {{ls}} to yield s (its appearance is changed by the Visibility gadget).
  2. Use {{ppoem}} for formatting poems. Separate verses with a blank line.
  3. Mark the spot where an image should go with {{missing image}}, a table with {{missing table}} and other alphabets with {{Language characters}}.
  4. Add a blank line between each paragraph.
  5. For images, use the following format:
{{img float
 | file = name of the image file
 | cap = The caption
 | align = left/center/right
 | alt = A description for those with different visual abilities.
 | width = How wide the image is: e.g. 500px
For more information, see {{img float}}.

Difficulty Levels edit

  1. Easy – These works have good OCR and have simple formatting consisting mainly of font sizes, bold, italics, centering, and a Table of Contents.
  2. Average – These works have references and indexes in addition to the formatting of Easy texts. In addition, there language tends to be more academic or contain dialectical English.
  3. Last Bits – This category could use a better name, but the idea is that this is an Index that has mostly been proofread, but a few more challenging pages remain.
  4. Second Glance - This category is for works that appears to have been proofread once, but require a careful look to make sure that the text matches the scan.
  5. Formatting – This category is for Indexes imported from another site that also does proofread, but wishes not to be named. They are fully proofread, but require checking to make sure that all the formatting is there. All pages will require the addition of header and footers. However, most pages will require no other work.
  6. Transclusion – These works have been fully proofread, but remain untranscluded. They are a great place for a user to learn about transclusion and reduce the backlog.

Challenge texts edit

Under 50 pages: to proofread

The Economist (volume 1, preliminary) Various (Periodicals, Current affairs, Economics)   1858

The New Yorker (volume 1, issue 1) Various (Magazines, Current affairs)   1925

To proofread (no expiry)

The Atlantic (vol 1, 1858) Various (Periodicals, Current affairs)   1858

National Geographic (Volume 1) Various (Periodicals, Geography, Photography)   1889

Nature (volume 1) Various (Periodicals, Science)   1870

To proofread (new works this month)

Cicero William Lucas Collins (Classics)   1871

Coming of age in Samoa Margaret Mead (Public Domain, Anthropology)   1928

John Brown's Body Stephen Vincent Benét (Public domain, Poetry, Pulitzer Prize)   1928

Lady Chatterley's Lover D. H. Lawrence (Public Domain, Banned Books)   1928

The Mystery of the Blue Train Agatha Christie (Public Domain, Mystery)   1928

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up James Matthew Barrie (Public domain, Plays, Children)   1928

Poems for Workers Various (Public domain, Poetry)   1925

The Reshaping of British Railways Richard Beeching (Railways, British history)   1963

West African Studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley (Travelogue, Africa)   1899

Works of Jules Verne (vol 8) Jules Verne (Novels, Adventure)   1911

To proofread (works added 2 months ago)

The Bard of the Dales John Castillo (Fiction, Requested texts)   1850

Chapters on Jewish Literature Israel Abrahams (Jewish literature)   1899

The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Travel, Humor)   1869

Little Lord Fauntleroy Frances Hodgson Burnett (Children's Literature)   1886

The Moon Maid Edgar Rice Burroughs (Fiction, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

Mosquitos William Faulkner (Fiction, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1927

The Music of the Spheres Beatrice Hart Slaight (Celebrating the Public Domain, Astronomy)   1926

Religion and the rise of capitalism Richard Henry Tawney (Religion, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

Works of Jules Verne (vol 2) Jules Verne (Novels, Adventure)   1911

To validate (new works this month)
To validate (works added 1 month ago)
Completed works

The House at Pooh Corner Alan Alexander Milne (Public domain, Children)   1928

Sunset Gun Dorothy Parker (Public Domain, Poetry, Humor)   1928

Ten Days in a Mad-House Nellie Bly (Requested Texts)   1887