Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/November 2021

Monthly Challenge

November 2021

  • 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: 3122
    • (156% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1521
  • Pages validated: 1145
  • Pages processed: 2051
    • (102% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1013
  • Pages validated: 936
  • Pages processed: 1964
    • (98% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1236
  • Pages validated: 648
  • Pages processed: 1701
    • (85% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1136
  • Pages validated: 507
  • Pages processed: 2606
    • (130% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1564
  • Pages validated: 891
  • Pages processed: 3672
    • (183% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2374
  • Pages validated: 1129
  • Pages processed: 6079
    • (303% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3607
  • Pages validated: 2275

In progress.

Daily statistics
Day under 100
Day over 200

November 2021Edit

  • Works in current challenge: 56
  • Total pages in current challenge: 20658
  • Average processed pages per day this month: 206


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.
  5. Do not remove curly quotes.


  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. If a word is divided across two pages: proofread the part on the first page as {{hws|text|complete word}} and the part on the second page as {{hwe|text|complete word}}. For example, {{hws|hel|hello}} and {{hwe|lo|hello}} will yield hello when transcluded.
  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

The Poems of William Blake William Blake (Transclusion)   1887

Under 50 pages: to proofread
To proofread (new works this month)

The American Novel Carl Van Doren (Literary Criticism, Easy)   1921

The Common Reader Virginia Woolf (Celebrating the Public Domain, Easy)   1925

The Elizabethan stage (Volume 1) E.K. Chambers (Celebrating the Public Domain, Formatting)   1923

Middlemarch: a Study of Provincial Life George Eliot (Women Writers, Average)   1874

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett (Children's Fiction, Second Glance)   1911

Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy (Novels, Easy)   1891

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 4) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Novels, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1924

To proofread (works added 1 month ago)
Under 50 pages: to validate

The Man with the Twisted Lip Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, Periodicals)   1892

To validate (new works this month)

The Gift of Black Folk W. E. B. Du Bois (African American History, Last Bits)   1924

Shirley (Volume 2) Charlotte Brontë (Women Writers)   1849

Shirley (Volume 3) Charlotte Brontë (Women Writers)   1849

The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith (Transclusion)   1902

The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith (Transclusion)   1902

The Wheel of fortune Mohandas K. Gandhi (Transclusion)   1922

The looking-glass Daniel H. Peterson (Transclusion)   1854

To validate (works added 1 month ago)

Elizabeth Fry Emma Raymond Pitman (Women Writers)   1884

Mansfield Park (Volume 2) Jane Austen (Women Writers)   1814

Negro poets and their poems Robert Thomas Kerlin (Harlem Renaissance, Poetry)   1923

Shirley (Volume 1) Charlotte Brontë (Women Writers)   1849

Tarzan and the Golden Lion Edgar Rice Burroughs (Adventure, Requested Texts)   1923

Valperga Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Women Writers)   1823

To validate (works added 2 months ago)

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 3) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Novels, Celebrating the Public Domain)   1924