Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/November 2022

Monthly Challenge

November 2022

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: 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: 5155
    • (257% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2967
  • Pages validated: 1816
  • Pages processed: 4723
    • (236% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2888
  • Pages validated: 1681
  • Pages processed: 4666
    • (233% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3149
  • Pages validated: 1357
  • Pages processed: 4638
    • (231% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3602
  • Pages validated: 929
  • Pages processed: 5694
    • (284% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4280
  • Pages validated: 1237
  • Pages processed: ~3688
    • (~184% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2585
  • Pages validated: 892

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November 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

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

Under 50 pages: to proofread

Bartleby, the Scrivener Herman Melville (Short Stories)   1853

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

To proofread (new works this month)

Color Countee Cullen (Poetry, Harlem Renaissance)   1925

The Countess of Albany Vernon Lee (Biography)   1884

A Crystal Age William Henry Hudson (Future Fiction)   1922

The Cumberland Road Archer Butler Hulbert (American History)   1902

Familiar Quotations John Bartlett (Reference)   1870

Herodotus George Carless Swayne (History)   1870

The Keeper of the Bees Gene Stratton Porter (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1925

Mountain Interval Robert Frost (Poetry)   1921

The Mysterious Island (Part 2) Jules Verne (Novels, Adventure)   1911

New Lands Charles Fort (Fiction)   1923

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

The Wanderer (Volume 5) Fanny Burney (Novels, Women Writers)   1814

To proofread (works added 1 month ago)

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology Montague Summers (Requested Texts, 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

The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu (Celebrating the Public Domain)   1925

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

The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler (Acclaimed Books)   1903

To validate (works added 1 month ago)

Moby-Dick Herman Melville (Acclaimed Books)   1851

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

Principia Ethica George Edward Moore (Acclaimed Books)   1922

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Volume 2) Harriet Beecher Stowe (Slavery in the USA, Novels, Women Writers)   1852

The Wanderer (Volume 4) Fanny Burney (Novels, Women Writers)   1814