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September 2014
This is a newsletter project about the English Wikisource. You are welcome to write a new post, to edit an existing one, or to discuss on the talk page. To have a summary appear on your user page, add the template {{news}} where you wish it to appear.

Improvements requested for the English Wikisource[edit]

While attending Wikimania 2014 in London, Billinghurst, an administrator on the English Wikisource, had the opportunity to talk to Nik Everett, co-author of the CirrusSearch extension, about possible improvements to the local search functionality. Billinghurst has opened four bugs about this so far; the improvements have been requested for the English Wikisource, but other language communities can have them made as well if they like.

Billinghurst had also opened a bug, which has already been resolved, for the re-enablement of webfonts on the English Wikisource. Webfonts are used in the {{blackletter}} template.

Collaborations for September 2014[edit]

This month's Proofread of the Month we are working on requested texts. These are books that are referenced on Wikipedia and having them available here will make references simpler. The first selected work is Mount Seir, Sinai and Western Palestine (1885) by Edward Hull, a narrative of a scientific expedition to the areas of Arabian Petræa, the Valley of the Arabah and Western Palestine.

In September the Maintenance of the Month project continues its effort to resolve orphans, that is, pages that are not linked from or transcluded into other pages. In August virtually all the orphans in the Author namespace were de-orphaned, while all the orphans in the Page namespace were found to be either non-functioning or outside the scope of Wikisource and thus deleted.

Administrator confirmations[edit]

Two administrators were confirmed in August 2014:

An administrator was not confirmed in August 2014:

In the cases of Inductiveload and ResidentScholar at least three established users opposed the confirmation, which triggered a vote of confidence; Inductiveload's and ResidentScholar's continued access was then decided by simple majority.

Four administrators are having their confirmation discussion in September 2014: