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Featured texts (candidates)
This page hosts nominations for featured text status in accordance with the Featured text guidelines. A featured text should exemplify Wikisource's very highest standards of accuracy. If you nominate a text, you will be expected to make a good-faith effort to address objections that are raised.

Any established user may nominate a text or vote (as long as it matches the criteria). Every month the nomination with the highest support ratio, weighted in favour of nominations with more numerous votes (equation forthcoming), will be chosen as featured text. All nominations with under 70% support after a week will be archived. The most promising nominations (up to 10) will be carried over to the next week, during which time established users may continue to place votes.

Featured texts edit
Date Text
2019
January The First Men in the Moon
February The Bird of Time
March The Myths of Mexico and Peru
April
May
June Orphée aux Enfers
July
August
September
October
November The Vampyre
December The Life of the Spider
Notes

InformationEdit

Nominating a textEdit

  1. Ensure that the text meets all the featured text criteria and style guidelines. Nominations that are flagged as not meeting the criteria will be unlisted after 24 hours, unless the criteria are met in that time.
  2. Please ensure that "download option" from the sidebar produces a full work
  3. Note the nomination on the talk page by adding the template {{featured text candidate}}.
  4. Begin a discussion at the bottom of this page. Note your reason for nominating the text.
See also

DiscussionEdit

  • If you believe an article meets all of the criteria, write Support followed by your reasons.
  • If you oppose a nomination, write Object followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to "fix" the source of the objection, the objection may be ignored. This includes objections to an text's suitability for the Wikisource main page, unless such suitability can be fixed.
  • To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>text</s>) rather than removing it.

Closing a nomination (administrators only)Edit

  • Failed nominations
    1. Add a comment explaining why the nomination failed.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Place {{featured text not passed|year|title}} at the top of the work's main talk page (adding the year and heading of the archived discussion).
  • Passed nominations
    1. Add a comment noting the selection.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Add the work to {{Featured text}} (inside the respective month) and {{featured schedule}}.
    4. Place {{featured}} on top of the work's main page {{header}} template.
    5. Place {{featured talk|January 2020}} at the top of the work's main talk page (changing the numbers to the appropriate date if not next month).
    6. Protect all the work's main namespace pages.
    7. Indicate the work's featured status on its associated data item at Wikidata.

NominationsEdit

For older nominations, see the archives.

The Innocence of Father BrownEdit

The first collection of mysteries featuring Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton. The character continues to be adapted for film, radio, and television. We haven't featured mystery fiction before, except A Study in Scarlet back in 2010. --EncycloPetey (talk)

  SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 12:27, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
  Comment - There was a significant transcription error in the 2nd sentence of the book. Not a great sign, but I haven't looked further. Kaldari (talk) 00:28, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

The Story of Doctor DolittleEdit

Classic children's book. I'm surprised that our validated copy has not been previously nominated nor featured. Next year (2020) will mark the 100th anniversary of the book's publication. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:08, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

This wasn't nominated at the time because of some problems in very fast validation. However, now that it's been validated twice and has sat around for six years picking up the occasional amendments from readers, I'm happy for it go forward. I do have to say that this was one of the books I most enjoyed working on. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
  Support Apt-ark (talk) 04:31, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 01:20, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
  Support Orlando the Cat (talk) 08:59, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
  Comment - I proofread one of the stories, The Ocean Gossips, today. Out of the 7 pages, it had 3 errors. All of them were em dashes that had been replaced with spaces (which can cause grammar/readability problems). I'm not sure if that's an acceptable amount of errors for a featured text or not. Kaldari (talk) 01:08, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
Those pages have been validated twice. Someone needs a reminder of how validation works I guess. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 01:53, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
Looks like it will need a third validation then. The first was User:ShakespeareFan00 who validated the entire work in less than an hour. The second was User:Kathleen.wright5 who came back to me three hours later and assured me that there were very few problems and they had been fixed. I believed her and carried on with other things. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 02:34, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
I only found 2 errors in the subsequent story. Also, it seems the transcription consistently uses a period followed by an ellipsis to emulate the 4 dot pause punctuation used in the book. That seems like an incorrect use of an ellipsis, but I'm not confident enough to change them. Kaldari (talk) 04:31, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
I am looking now for some of the issues Kaldari mentions. More eyes to get something that's a featured candidate to 99% would be welcome.ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 15:21, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
  Comment I will try to give this a thorough pass in the next two weeks. We should aim to feature this work in January since only is 2020 the 100th anniversary, but the new movie adaptation comes out that month. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:39, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

I'm withdrawing my nomination of this work. On careful reading, I think it would be irresponsible to feature a work as a children's book that contains explicit racism. We don't bowdlerize or censor our texts, and a work for adults might still pass muster in regard to objectionable content, but in featuring a children's book I think extra care must be exercised. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:06, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

A Century of RoundelsEdit

Collection of "roundels" by Algernon Charles Swinburne. The roundel is a nine-line poetic form invented by Swinburne. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:46, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

  Comment - I proofread the last poem, In Guernsey, and found 4 errors: 3 punctuation errors and one misspelling. Kaldari (talk) 01:20, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
  Comment: I gave it a casual once-over and fixed much punctuation, and I think it's now in decent shape accuracy-wise. However, I did not find the poetry particularly inspiring. To each their own, I suppose. BethNaught (talk) 20:51, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

Native Flowers of New ZealandEdit

A well-known book by New Zealander Georgina Burne Hetley, with color illustrations by the author. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:11, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Probably not eligible (unfortunately) because I had to access a print copy in the rare books room at the library and write out the lacunae on a few pages and then type them into the Pages. WMIII was happy to validate based on that, but they are non-verifiable without access to a print copy. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:08, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
That's a shame, as this is a seminal work and beautifully illustrated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
Yes, just confirmed print pages 2 & 4 from the Preface remain problematic. Should we be able to find another scan and swap those two in, then this would be good to go. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:18, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
IA has: (external scan) which looks like a clean scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:06, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
  DoneHrishikes (talk) 04:21, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
  Comment - Beautiful book, but it's unfortunate that the images are blown out. Compare Page:Native Flowers of New Zealand.djvu/81 with the original. The background drawings aren't even visible. Kaldari (talk) 01:05, 10 July 2019 (UTC)
No problems with someone updating the images. Just upload new versions over the old ones rather than under new file names. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:58, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

The Life of the SpiderEdit

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived:
selected for December 2019. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:41, 30 November 2019 (UTC)

My first Wikisource transcription! I've double-checked all the pages over the past 7 months and I'm pretty confident there are no errors in the entire text. If you can find one, I'll invent some kind of award for you! This book is one of Jean-Henri Fabre's many non-fiction classics and the first Fabre work on English Wikisource (probably because he's better known in French). Kaldari (talk) 02:14, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support Looks like an interesting book, definitely worthy of FT status. I have spot-checked a sample of pages. I did not detect any errors in the main body of the book, but corrected some in the front matter. The Preface is not PD in 70+ pma. countries until January, so I will merely note that I found errors on page 8 ("where" for "when") and page 15 ("tar" for "far"). Maybe the Preface would benefit from another go over. BethNaught (talk) 19:59, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
    • Dang, you're a thorough proof-reader! I thought I had caught all the errors! I'll give the Preface another go over. Kaldari (talk) 21:57, 30 July 2019 (UTC)
    • I looked over the Preface and found two more errors, which have now been fixed. Kaldari (talk) 14:48, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment The transclusion uses the {{header}} template on some pages, but not others. The use of the template is preferred. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:37, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
    • I'll try to fix that this week. Kaldari (talk) 19:15, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose The work does not follow the WS:Style guide on naming of chapters, which is a requirement for being Featured. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:18, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
    • @EncycloPetey: Should all the sections be numbered or just the chapters? For example, would I still use "/Preface" and "/Appendix"? It's interesting that so few people seems to follow (or know about?) that guideline. Kaldari (talk) 22:54, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
      • @Kaldari: "Preface" and "Appendix" are fine. The WS:SG stipulation is that numbered chapters should be numbered as"/Chapter 1" "/Chapter 2" etc. rather than using the chapter titles. I think this is the only remaining problem, and one I didn't spot until I was setting the text for December. If the chapter numbering is corrected, and all the internal links corrected, there is still plenty of time to feature this in December, as I had planned. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:36, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
        • @EncycloPetey:   Done Thanks for the clarification. I've moved all the chapter pages and updates all the internal links. Should be good now. Kaldari (talk) 02:34, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

The Swiss Family Robinson (Kingston)Edit

A fully complete, validated, transcluded version of a popular adventure story, with the appropriate original illustrations. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 01:29, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment - This transcription uses curly quotes, which currently aren't allowed by Wikisource:Style guide. However, there is an RFC about that which is currently ongoing: Wikisource:Scriptorium#RFC: Allow curly quotes under some conditions. Kaldari (talk) 03:37, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support. BTW, the curly quotes have already been allowed. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 23:13, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment some of the images are set to a size as large as 600px, which will be too large for proper viewing. A maximum of 480px is better. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:21, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
    The size of the pictures really seems just fine, I suggest to leave it as it is... I also looked at Feature text criteria and Image guidelines and nothing of that kind is demanded or recommended either for a featured text or for a Wikisource text generally. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:42, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
    The lack of any guidelines is why I commented rather than opposed. However, in my opinion, a work displaying oversized images does not represent the best that Wikisource has to offer. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:39, 30 November 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose The work uses a mix of straight and curly quotes, often on the same page. This work will need at least one thorough pass to correct this problem. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:11, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

The First Part of King Henry the FourthEdit

Complete, validated and transcluded version of an important play by William Shakespeare. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 23:11, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

  Comment 2023 will mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio. My inclination is to hold off featuring Shakespeare until that year, and then celebrate in a bigger way than we normally do, since Shakespeare's works are cornerstones of English literature. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:41, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: I see. Do you have any idea what the celebration may look like? Feature several works at the same time? Or several works in several months one after another? Or alternate featuring several Shakespeare’s works with non-Shakespeare’s works? --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:49, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
I'm open to any suggested plans. Since we have never featured a work by or about Shakespeare, I could imagine featuring one of each main category of play, as well as a biography or other works, either in consecutive months or weeks, or at different times throughout the year. The final decision would also depend upon what other works might have accumulated for FT. Our track record for nominations over the past year has been spotty. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:31, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

The Constitution of the Czechoslovak RepublicEdit

I nominate this work for February 2020 as the Czechoslovak Constitution would celebrate its 100th anniversary in the given month. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 19:30, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

  SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 19:49, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
  Comment Before being featured, it would be nice to research and clarify copyright status outside the US. Most of the components are only tagged for PD the US with no information about status elsewhere. If the components are the constitution of a nation, there should be sufficient law to determine their status as under copyright or in PD. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:27, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
True. Imo we can adopt Commons:Template:PD-CzechGov, which is also the same license as used for this constitution at Czech Wikisource. However, here I would need help of somebody skilled in template creation. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 18:37, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
  Done --Jan Kameníček (talk) 21:07, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
  Support Orlando the Cat (talk) 06:22, 2 December 2019 (UTC)