Wikisource talk:Proofread of the Month

Latest comment: 5 days ago by Cremastra in topic 2024


Please help start a list of text that need to be proofread. Larger text are preferred because we hope to have a large group of people working on the text of the month. Here is a great place to start looking for text to be proofread.

List of suggested works not actioned edit

Links edit

Short works requiring validation edit

Have problematic pages
Translations, not eligible for simple listing

New works of less than 30 pages to be added to QUEUED


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A list of potential PotM candidates edit

On the transcription project, there is a good list of text that are ready to be proofread. That list is available here. This list continues to grow so it would be great if we could knock it down. --Mattwj2002 11:03, 5 August 2008 (UTC)Reply

My person opinion, If people keep bringing in projects (and I have seen it) then they should do a good part of the editing. Some, whoever they are, bring in works for others to do and the work-load adds up. Too, if the texts are brought in and left for others, then others may not like the topic so the work load keeps building up. It would be nice to know [who] likes what to work on. *I* like history and specifically illustrated history* but not children’s books or poems. I have several more volumes to do and more I want to do after that. This way I work on what I brought in, or have another bring in because he/they like the same kind of work. --Maury (talk) 01:33, 1 December 2016 (UTC)Reply

2023 edit

The PotM hasn't been updated in several months, and I noticed there haven't been any proposals for this year. Given this, are there any ideas for what to do with the PotM this year? DraconicDark (talk) 20:08, 1 January 2023 (UTC)Reply

2023 List edit

Month Work Category Status
January Quirky
February Fine arts
March Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author
April The Playboy of the Western World Poetry / Drama
May The Ocean and Its Wonders Geography
June The Doom of the Great City Fiction: Novel
July Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion
August Biography
September Science/Technology
October Fiction (SF/Fantastical/etc.)
November Language
December Fiction: Short story collections

March 2023 (Woman's history) edit

April 2023 (Poetry / Drama) edit

Let's get one teed up. I'm up for anything. BD2412 T 02:27, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply

May 2023 (Geography) edit

In previous year's we've always done terrestrial geography. Can anyone recommend good works on the ocean or oceanography that would still be useful? --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:25, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply

June 2023 (Fiction: Novel) edit

For June, I'm thinking we do a novel that entered the public domain this year; some suggestions are Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (transcription project) and Oil! by Upton Sinclair (transcription project). DraconicDark (talk) 21:33, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

Both of those options are already part of the Monthly Challenge. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:41, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
My apologies, I didn't see them listed in the Monthly Challenge when I looked. In that case, of the novels listed in Wikisource:Requested texts/1927 that have a scan link, is Red Love by Alexandra Kollontay (external scan) already part of the Monthly Challenge? If not, that could be an option. DraconicDark (talk) 22:47, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

Since it is already June, we should switch the PoTM over. We can do either Red Love, which I suggested above, or as an alternative suggestion, I found The Silent Prince by Hattie Arnold Clark (Commons file) (IA also has a DjVU file if necessary) which we can do if the first option isn't suitable. DraconicDark (talk) 21:08, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

@EncycloPetey: @BD2412: any comments? DraconicDark (talk) 21:21, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
I did add Red Love to Requested Texts; I'd like to do it, but I'll prepare it now whether or not we're going to do it.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:27, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
  • I would like to see The Doom of the Great City (1880), by Author:William Delisle Hay (a UK author we do not have; died 1885). It depicts London suffocating under a cloud of pollution, which is timely given what is happening in US cities like Boston and New York. However, I cannot locate a copy, except at Hathi. If this can be set up quickly, it is only 52 pages. It is also timely, given what is happening this week in cities of the eastern US like Boston and New York City. I have no objections to either of the nominations above, but as this would be a short one, and is unusually timely (the book itself is in the news as well). Perhaps we swap themes for June and October? --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:48, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
    I'm fine with that as well. It's easy to set up, since someone already uploaded it to Commons here, so I can switch it over. DraconicDark (talk) 03:16, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
    The index was even already set up, so I have switched the PoTM over. DraconicDark (talk) 03:21, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
    Awesome. Because this is so short, we might want to be ready with another short work or two, in case time allows. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:26, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
I'm fine with that.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:57, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
I agree with The Doom of the Great City. We have gone to the well of authors just entering the public domain a bit much lately. We also have to get the old books in. BD2412 T 06:24, 11 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

The June selection is almost done, needing only some validation. We should have a "July" selection ready, and might be able to start it a little early. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:40, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

June is done (except for Adverts). Do we want to proceed to the next selection? --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:00, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

July 2023 (Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion) edit

For July, I was thinking we do a work on Zoroastrianism, which we currently don't have many works from or about, despite the fact that it is one of the world's oldest religions. Some suggestions related to this are Zoroastrian Theology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (external scan), Zoroaster, the Prophet of Ancient Iran (external scan), The Gathas (transcription project), or Sacred Books of the East, Volume 4 (transcription project). Are any of these suitable? DraconicDark (talk) 19:21, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

Zoroastrianism is cool with me. The Sacred Books of the East is a bit of nightmare to proof though, with diacritics and italics (as special characters) scattered all over the place.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:23, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
The Gathas volume is in poetic format with copious footnotes. It also has a lot of formatting in many lines. See page 120 for an example of the complexity. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:43, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

August 2023 (Biography) edit

For August, I suggest Napoleon by T.P. O'Connor (external scan). Would this be suitable? DraconicDark (talk) 21:19, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

It's long, but each page has a smaller bit of text than a usual work. The text also looks clean, without tables, footnotes, and such. That might make it less valuable to a researcher, but it would make for a more readable text for the average person, and easier to proofread. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:45, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
I've set up Index:Napoleon (O'Connor 1896).djvu and am going to start it a week early, as no one seems to have set up anything for July, and the June work is still lingering on the main page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:35, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
This is agreeable. BD2412 T 04:47, 26 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

September 2023 (Science/Technology) edit

Two works that could be considered "technical", or could be held till next February as "fine arts".

  • Marionettes, Masks and Shadows (c)1927 is a book by Winifred H. Mills about the construction of marionettes and masks, as well as stages, scenery, and general stagecraft. (external scan) The potential downside of this one is that, although it is an American book by an American author, and explicitly copyrighted 1927, I can't find a date of death for the author, so I can't say whether the work is PD in the UK/EU. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:00, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

October 2023 (Fiction: SF/Fantastical) edit

One possibility is Jefferies's After London (external scan), about life after post-apocalyptic rewilding. MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:23, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

Note here is a list of books by female authors as well. MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:46, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

How about w:Melmoth the Wanderer ? Or is that too much ? -- Beardo (talk) 13:21, 5 September 2023 (UTC)Reply

Or "The conquest of the moon : a story of the Bayouda" - - original title Les Exilés de la Terre – Selene-Company Limited (1887) -- Beardo (talk) 22:00, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply

November 2023 (Language) edit

For basic language learning material, in a Latin alphabet, how about Index:Latvian self-taught for English speaking people - Kratins.djvu? It's short, the diacritics are found in Special characters/Latin, but it's not a language that's well covered.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:56, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

We'd have to watch carefully, and be sure editors are briefed to use {{IPA}} with examples. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:54, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
Support ;) feydey (talk) 09:36, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

December 2023 (Fiction: Short story collections) edit

One possibility is Fitzgerald's All the Sad Young Men (external scan). MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:18, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

Shall we go with that, as no-one else has suggested an alternative ? -- Beardo (talk) 17:24, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Since I figure we'll spill over into January next year anyway, and All the Sad Young Men doesn't have an index page, I'm proposing Index:Frenzied_Fiction.djvu by Stephen Leacock -- we need more humourist works on here IMO. If no-one objects I'll add it in a couple of days. Arcorann (talk) 12:16, 13 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Template:User PotM participation edit

I noticed that a number of users have userboxes about their PotM participation, so I made a template to simplify things a little. Hope it helps! —CalendulaAsteraceae (talkcontribs) 03:26, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply

2024 edit

Probably best to get in early. Add sections if you want to suggest. Arcorann (talk) 11:29, 15 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

2024 List edit

Month Work Category Status
January The Art of Kissing Quirky   Done
February The Story of the Flute Fine arts Lapsed (proofread 2024-03-20)
March Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author Overshot (proofread 2024-04-10)
April The Tower Poetry / Drama Active (started 2024-04-10)
May Geography
June Fiction: Novel
July Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion
August Biography
September Science/Technology
October Fiction (SF/Fantastical/etc.)
November Language
December Fiction: Short story collections

January 2024: Quirky edit

If we get an update at all depends largely on how much progress we get on the current one. I earmarked Index:Isis very much unveiled - being the story of the great Mahatma hoax (IA b24884273).pdf as a possibility but it might be better to save it for Anthropology/Mythology/Religion. Arcorann (talk) 11:29, 15 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

I'm game for anything. BD2412 T 03:46, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

As I write this, Isis Very Much Unveiled has all pages with text either proofread, validated, or problematic, even though it hasn't yet been added. Should we still make it official, or skip it? Arcorann (talk) 08:38, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

There does not seem much point in including it in "Proofread of the Month" when there is no actual proofreading to be done. -- Beardo (talk) 14:45, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Re "quirky", the Little Blue Books have some titles that might count, e.g. "The Art of Kissing", MarkLSteadman (talk) 05:38, 19 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Seems like a decent choice, and it's short so we won't have to worry too much about it running over to the next month. It doesn't look like it's on Commons, do we want to bring it over using the IA tool? Arcorann (talk) 07:57, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I brought it over at File:The art of kissing (IA artofkissing987wood).djvu, but I didn't realise the IA import tool would bring over the colour targets as well, so I've asked for a fix at Scan Lab. Once that's done and we have an index I'll add it as this month's proofread. Arcorann (talk) 11:34, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
And it's live. Arcorann (talk) 13:03, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

February 2024: Fine arts edit

Get your suggestions in quick because I haven't seen any. (Anyone know of any PD books on sculpting? That empty section in the portal jumped out at me.) Arcorann (talk) 08:38, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Sculpture at your finger tips (1962) by Fred Press (1919-2012)? A how-to book, all the sculpture is by the artist, so the photos should be fine. Manual of Italian Renaissance sculpture as illustrated in the collection of casts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1904) by Benjamin Ives Gilham (1852-1933) is more about the sculpture; it virtually lacks illustrations, so that simplifies that.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:42, 19 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Looks like we have two copies of the second one on Commons (via IA): [1] and [2]. Which one would be better to proofread from? Arcorann (talk) 07:57, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Turns out the second one is missing two pages. Index:Manual of Italian renaissance sculpture as illustrated in the collection of casts at the Museum of fine arts, Boston (IA manualofitalianr00muserich).pdf it is. Arcorann (talk) 13:00, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • How about The Story of the Flute by Author:Henry Macaulay Fitzgibbon (1914, 328 pages)? Based on the snippets I've read, the author makes the subject at least mildly more interesting than it would initially seem to be (Clinton in 1848 patented some quite useless modifications, reverting more or less to the old system of closed keys, and contradicting much of what he had said two years previously. In 1855 he published a pamphlet about a new flute which he termed "The Equisonant Flute," retaining much of the old system of fingering, and having different diameters of the bore for the different notes to imitate the human larynx, a curious and valueless notion. A partisan of the Bohm thereupon asked if " equisonant " meant "equally bad all over,"[...] —p 70). Cremastra (talk) 13:15, 22 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
It's on Commons already, so we can create an index at Index:The story of the flute (IA cu31924022386407).pdf. I'd be happy for us to work on either this or the sculpture one. Arcorann (talk) 08:31, 29 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Scan on Commons is missing at least four pages (263-266). There's a usable scan at [3] but it's not on Commons at the moment; I'll put the other book up for now. Arcorann (talk) 12:08, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Reverted; the sculpture book is missing pages 169-170. Seriously, how come both books are missing pages... Arcorann (talk) 12:17, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Uploaded Index:The story of the flute (IA storyofflute1914fitz).djvu and queued to PotM. There's some sheet music in there, by the way. Arcorann (talk) 12:31, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I was going to say, it is far easier to repair a djvu as opposed to a pdf. Sometimes we need to merge the two separate scans to get a complete scan. MarkLSteadman (talk) 12:48, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for all that, @Arcorann: Cremastra (talk) 14:51, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

March 2024: Woman author edit

How about Lady Hester Stanhope's Index:Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope.djvu ? -- Beardo (talk) 14:24, 27 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

How would we feel about trying something new? Dorothy Parker was co-author on A Star is Born, and although we do not have a script scan (that I have been able to find), the film itself is PD and a video exists at Commons. Maybe we could try transcribing the film this month, if @SnowyCinema: is willing to help guide the process? --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:39, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wanda Gag's classic children's book Millions of Cats is in the public domain this year. It's a Newbery Award winning-picture book. I've been working on getting a quality scan up, it might be quite the challenge to get a double-paged picture book into namespace... FPTI (talk) 01:51, 29 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Well, it's already done now (not by me), so feel free to admire it. Arcorann (talk) 12:42, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

April 2024: Poetry / Drama edit

Four possibilities:

--EncycloPetey (talk) 20:02, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Are you able to bring the last one across to Commons before the end of March? Arcorann (talk) 09:43, 20 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I cannot, because it's at Hathi, but @TE(æ)A,ea.: might be able to. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:48, 22 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
The first two are already well underway, but if the last one can't be uploaded in time, we may be doing Robert Frost. Is there an available scan of that one? Cremastra (talk) 19:11, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
File obtained from Hathi, uploaded at Index:Yeats The tower.pdf. I haven't checked the file in detail, though, so someone might want to do that. Arcorann (talk) 01:54, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Something is wrong with the PDF; the Index is giving an interval error. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:52, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I made some edits on Commons (had to add metadata anyway) and purged some stuff and it seems to have fixed it. Arcorann (talk) 09:00, 6 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I've boldly put in The Tower, since it's the already tenth and Memoirs is now proofread. Cremastra (talk) 22:32, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

May 2024: Geography edit

June 2024: Fiction: Novel edit

July 2024: Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion edit

I was thinking something about Jainism, another religion we don't have much on. Our portal suggests a few possibilities, but there might be more out there. Arcorann (talk) 07:57, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

August 2024: Biography edit

Recollections of Full Years (1914) (external scan) by Helen Taft is the first memoir by a first lady of the US. SometimesUsesWikis (talk) 17:53, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

September 2024: Science/Technology edit

  • Creation by Evolution (1928) (external scan) a collection of papers by leading scientists putting forth the case for evolution with reference to scientific discoveries made since Darwin. N.B.: It does have a lot of illustrations, but I am willing to help with those. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:08, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

October 2024: Fiction (SF/Fantastical/etc.) edit

November 2024: Language edit

I liked the suggestions from 2020, particularly A Handbook of the Cornish Language (transcription project) and A Grammar and Vocabulary of the Language of New Zealand (transcription project) SometimesUsesWikis (talk) 08:08, 25 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

December 2024: Fiction: Short story collections edit

I was going to suggest the collections by M.R. James that we don't have currently :) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 11:11, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Error message appearing on main page edit

At the moment, there is a message in read appearing on the main page - ".Lua error in ProofreadPage.lua at line 84: attempt to index upvalue 'qualityStats' (a number value)." - someone who knows about that stuff needs to sort it out, please. -- Beardo (talk) 17:35, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Beardo it is fixed, waiting to be deployed, I guess. See task T354820 Mpaa (talk) 18:47, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply