Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/March 2022

Monthly Challenge

March 2022

  • Each month, the Wikisource community selects a few texts to proofread and validate.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and helps introduce new users to Wikisource.
  • Wikisource seeks to make free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.
  • Pages processed: 7257
    • (362% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4385
  • Pages validated: 2517
  • Pages processed: 6976
    • (348% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4029
  • Pages validated: 2677
  • Pages processed: 6392
    • (319% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4718
  • Pages validated: 1351
  • Pages processed: 5928
    • (296% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4123
  • Pages validated: 1488
  • Pages processed: 6306
    • (315% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4575
  • Pages validated: 1521
  • Pages processed: ~4778
    • (~238% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2746
  • Pages validated: 1696

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March 2022Edit

Proofread works this month
Validated works this month


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


  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.


  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. At the start of a poem, put <poem> and place a </poem> at the end. 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 oldstyle numbers use {{oldstyle}}.
  6. 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 LevelsEdit

  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 textsEdit

To fix
Under 50 pages: to proofread
To proofread (new works this month)
To proofread (works added 1 month ago)

Bleak House Charles Dickens (Top 100)   1853

Lolly Willowes Sylvia Townsend Warner (Requested Texts, Top 100)   1926

Mrs. Spring Fragrance Sui Sin Far (Chinese-American Literature)   1912

Ovid's Metamorphoses, in fifteen books Ovid (Roman Classics, Eighteenth-Century)   1727

Tarzan the Untamed Edgar Rice Burroughs (Adventure, Requested Texts)   1920

Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington (Requested Texts)   1901

To proofread (works added 2 months ago)

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology Montague Summers (Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

The Land of Mist Arthur Conan Doyle (Novels, Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1925

Notes on Democracy H. L. Mencken (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

The Plumed Serpent D.H. Lawrence (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Thomas Edward Lawrence (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

Show Boat Edna Ferber (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

Soldiers' Pay William Faulkner (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

Those Barren Leaves Aldous Huxley (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1925

To validate (works added 2 months ago)

Imperialism Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Celebrating the Public Domain, Requested Texts)   1926

The Incredulity of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1926

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1954

We Yevgeny Zamyatin (Novels, Requested Texts, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1924