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Processed texts (hopefully this will be in the hundreds soon)
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All of my contributions to this site, including talk page comments, user subpage contents, etc., are released into the public domain worldwide by me insofar as it is possible to do so. You may use my contributions for any purpose, even without accreditation. ❦

Hi. I'm SnowyCinema (formerly PseudoSkull), and I find this site to be a source of endless enjoyment. My primary interest on this site is in the area of film, television, and animation, and (currently) novels.

I very often write software to help me and other users here at Wikisource. You can find the software projects I'm working on or have completed on my GitHub.

99% of my free time is spent using and developing technologies to transcribe really, really old works. The irony is that the content I work with is so old that such technologies as I use to process them would have been many generations away from even existing. Most of the authors of said works grew up to be skeptical of these very technologies in their old age if they ever lived long enough to see them. I find that very thrilling to imagine for some reason. I also have a personal fantasy to live in a virtual-reality simulation reminiscent of early 20th century society.

Some works that hold a special place in my heart:

  • Waylaid by Wireless (1909), by Edwin Balmer, my first book transcription
  • The Fighting Coward (1924), one of my first proofread films, not my first, but is the one I remember more than the actual first
  • Jalna (1927), by Mazo de la Roche, a very popular novel in its time, and also the first transcription I ever completed using the QT (QuickTranscribe) system that I'm currently developing
  • Fighting Back (1924), the 100th completed QuickTranscribe project

Wikisourcerers I have met in real life[edit]

Ideas[edit]

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SC's personal rules[edit]

What I'll always do for every work.

  • No subtitles in wiki titles, unless there is absolutely no other way to disambiguate it. Simple titles only.
  • The exact wording of TOCs and front matter doesn't really matter that much. If I put "Chapter" instead of "Chap." in the TOC, idrc that much.
  • {{Hyphenation inconsistency}} in every work for every inconsistency no matter how far apart the inconsistencies are from each other.
  • No headers, no footers, in the page namespace. Below is why.

Thoughts[edit]

  • I don't add headers and footers to pages, and I don't apologize for it. Here's why.
  • In general, I don't concern myself too much with styling. If I see something as too difficult to style (such as a boxed title page or ad), and not worth the effort, I use the simple solution. I believe in substance over style, and there are styling gurus here who can cover my tracks if they really want to make it look marvelous.
  • The concept of "usefulness" of a work is entirely arbitrary. Literally anything can be considered useful given the right context for its use. Anyone could provide some educational use for any work here that may be contestable on that merit. So I don't think an argument of usefulness is something that should generally be considered in a debate; we need some more stringent metrics than that. And usually, when the "uselessness" of a contested page is argued as a reason for its deletion, that's because the contesters don't have any better excuse than that to have the page deleted.
  • No work is ever truly complete; the project will always be a work in progress. Any transcription can be edited at any time. Our contributions are never perfect, so improvements are always welcome.
  • Our concern here is not whether what somebody said is true; it's just whether they said it at all.
  • I think, in the end, subtitles should be removed from our titling scheme. The result of including subtitles can be quite messy, so the simple title is easier to handle. It's also easier, then, to differentiate and find other works of the same name this way, so that proper disambiguation can be done. So, for example, the name picked was Peter Whiffle, rather than Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works (although I made the latter as a redirect, which I think is appropriate).

An unpopular opinion[edit]

Versions should never be elaborated on in Portal, Author, or regular Disambiguation pages—only in Versions pages. So for example, you should never see something like this on an author page, or a disambiguation page (page using the {{disambig}} header):

It should always look like this on the author page:

* "[[The Tramp (Hill)|The Tramp]]" (1913), a song by [[Author:Joe Hill|Joe Hill]]

The Tramp (Hill) is a redirect page for now.

The former listing, IMO, is appropriate only for pages that use {{versions}}.

We should always, always, always be aware of the very real possibility that most poems, short stories, etc. are very highly likely to appear in other collections. And we should set everything up with this hierarchy in mind.

Rewards[edit]

The Green C of Completeness
I hereby award you this Letter of Merit for completing all extant PD novels of Olive Higgins Prouty. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 16:39, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

Works made by me (all released into the public domain)[edit]

Nostalgia (from my younger years)[edit]

  • Fantasy Writing (c. 2009), a cute short story I wrote that I only recently discovered in my trove of old papers
  • Armaneens, an unfinished comic book I made cumulatively when I was in middle school
  • Revengers of D'Equois, an unfinished novel I was writing in a notebook in around 8th grade

Modern[edit]

  • "Only My Heart", a poem I wrote haphazardly, and I'm using it as a sort of placeholder poem in coding routines
  • Public Domainism (very haphazardly put together, only a draft now), a joke religion

Self reminders[edit]

I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

In case this is not legally possible:

I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

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