Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/May 2022

Monthly Challenge

May 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: ~5268
    • (~263% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3844
  • Pages validated: 1228

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May 2022Edit


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)

The Gilded Age Mark Twain (Acclaimed Books)   1874

A History of Hungarian Literature Frigyes Riedl (Hungarian Literature)   1906

The Jungle Upton Sinclair (Acclaimed Books)   1906

Lord Jim Joseph Conrad (Acclaimed Books)   1900

Lucian's True History Lucian of Samosata (Science Fiction)   1894

Moby-Dick Herman Melville (Acclaimed Books)   1851

Nihongi William George Aston (History)   1896

Ragged Dick Horatio Alger (Acclaimed Books)   1868

The School and Society John Dewey (Acclaimed Books)   1900

A Treatise on Painting Leonardo da Vinci (Renaissance Art)   1802

The Woman Socialist Ethel Snowden (Requested Texts)   1907

The World and the Individual Josiah Royce (Acclaimed Books)   1899

To proofread (works added 2 months ago)

The Blacker the Berry Wallace Henry Thurman (Harlem Renaissance)   1929

Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Ukranian Literature)   1916

The Federalist Papers Jacob Gideon (Requested Texts)   1818

The New Negro Alain Locke (Special Plea)   1925

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 5) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Celebrating the Public Domain, Special Plea)   1924

To validate (new works this month)

The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne (Novels, Requested Texts)   1852

Boone's Wilderness Road Archer Butler Hulbert (American History)   1902

Virgin Soil, Part 1 Ivan Turgenev (Transclusion, Splitting)   1920

Virgin Soil, Part 2 Ivan Turgenev (Transclusion, Splitting)   1920

To validate (works added 1 month ago)
To validate (works added 2 months ago)

Candide Voltaire (Enlightenment)   1920

The Feminist Movement Ethel Snowden (Requested Texts)   1912

Imre Xavier Mayne (LGBT)   1906

The Kobzar of the Ukraine Taras Shevchenko (Ukranian Literature)   1922

Murder on the Links Agatha Christie (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1923

Silas Marner George Eliot (Novels)   1873

The Wisconsin Idea Charles McCarthy (Requested Texts)   1912

Zakhar Berkut Ivan Franko (Ukranian Literature)   1944

The reign of George VI Samuel Madden (Future Fiction)   1763

Completed works

The Condor, Volume 1, Number 3 Various (Transclusion)   1899

The Elene of Cynewulf Cynewulf (Old English)   1904

Orley Farm (Volume 19) Anthony Trollope (Victorian Serial)   1861

Orley Farm (Volume 20) Anthony Trollope (Victorian Serial)   1861