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Hello, WillowW, welcome to Wikisource! Thanks for your interest in the project; we hope you'll enjoy the community and your work here. If you need help, see our help pages (especially Adding texts and Wikisource's style guide). You can discuss or ask questions from the community in general at the Scriptorium. The Community Portal lists tasks you can help with if you wish. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page. Jude (talk,contribs,email) 02:25, 20 June 2006 (UTC)


Welcome! I just wanted to clarify that all mathematical texts are acceptable here. The inclusion policy goes into specifics, but the things being deleted are not texts but rather data. Even if you have some texts you would like to add which have appendices of data in the back, those will be accepted as the date is part of a published work. Feel free to ask questions if you need further clarification.--BirgitteSB 20:32, 20 June 2006 (UTC)


I am really impressed with your recent work. Enabling these translations is really where Wikisource outshines all the other digital libraries out there. I don't know if you realize but by making these translations you become the copyright holder of the derivative work (i.e. the English). The current tag of {{PD-old}}cannot be correct in that case. If you wish the works to remain in the Public Domain you may use {{PD-release}} or as always you may use {{GFDL}} to ensure you are given credit downstream. There are other options as well although I am no expert on these things. It would be really wonderful if you could explicitly state your release of the copyright (under what terms you choose) on the main talk page of each work as well. Thanks again for your wonderful contributions. BTW did you notice the double arrow on the interlanguage link which lets you view the latin and english side-by-side. --BirgitteSB 14:21, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Birgitte, thanks so much for your really kind note! I'm especially grateful since I didn't know a lot of what you wrote. The side-by-side translations are excellent! I had noticed that Francesco from the Latin Wikisource had been adding such links to some of my translations, but I didn't know what they did -- cool!! :D I'm discovering that it's also useful for proof-reading both texts.
I released the Confessio philosophi and Additamentum II translations into the public domain, and I'll do likewise for my other translations, once they're in decent shape; they either need to be typed in (e.g., Physics) or improved significantly (e.g., De partibus animalium). I have some translations of medieval poetry and fun stories involving animals that might do well at Wikisource. Ta-ta for now, WillowW 16:17, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

+ Image on Methodus inveniendi[edit]

Hi, WillowW!

I inserted an image of the original edition of Methodus inveniendi!

Isn't it cool? :)

Ciao! Ave! --Accurimbono 16:10, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks so much, Accurimbono! It looks beautiful and really adds to the page. I also really appreciate your adding the links where you can see the original side-by-side with the translation, in a two-column format. I didn't understand that that was even possible and when I realized what that little double arrow did -- my joy was hard to contain. :D Ciao and hoping that your dinner tasted as good as Italian cooking usually does, a fine reward for fine work, WillowW 16:28, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

The Development of Our Views on the Composition and Essence of Radiation[edit]

Hi, welcome to wikisource, thanks for translating this work, we don't have many here who can translate German beyond a basic level. I added a link to the text from Author:Albert Einstein and added our infobox to the talk page for source info & any notes you feel should be recorded. Can you please take a look at Wikisource:Text quality & add the appropriate tag to the space on the infobox (I imagine it'll be 75% but I don't want to certify it as such as I haven't proofread it). Thanks.

P.S. I see no one's left you a welcome template so -

Hello, WillowW, welcome to Wikisource! Thanks for your interest in the project; we hope you'll enjoy the community and your work here. If you need help, see our help pages (especially Adding texts and Wikisource's style guide). You can discuss or ask questions from the community in general at the Scriptorium. The Community Portal lists tasks you can help with if you wish. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page.

AllanHainey 15:32, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Allan, for your nice welcome (although Jude did greet me earlier) and sprucing up of the translation textinfo stuff. I tried to copy your approach on some of my other translations, but I'm not sure that I did it all correctly. For my own translations, I don't need to put down a "source", right? And the "edition" is the text from which I did the translation? If there's anything else that I should be doing to fit in at Wikisource, please let me know. See you around :) WillowW 09:27, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

I don't think we have any specific guidelines/procedures for translations. The info for the textinfo box etc is at Wikisource:Text quality & Template talk:Textinfo, they may help you out. Personally for source I'd put something like "translated by WillowW from X" where X is the original source you made the translation from (if it is an on-line source note the URL, otherwise just note the name) or "original translation by WillowW" where the source wasn't on-line & is already noted under Edition. Edition would be the text/version you did the translation from. AllanHainey 11:29, 10 July 2006 (UTC)


Hi WillowW, I saw your note on Category:1744 books. Perhaps it would be best to rename that Category:1744 works and then put it inside the "by era" categories (in this case, Category:Early modern works)? It seems strange to me to categorize only the books by their year. Plus I don't think it should be in the "Books" category because Books is in the "Works by type" category. Honestly though... I wonder if we even need Category:Books—why not just put novels and diaries in Category:Works by type? Let me know what you think. --Spangineerwp (háblame) 18:45, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Spangineer, I was curious about that as well. Do you think people would mind if we renamed all the "xxxx Books" categories to "Works of xxxx" and re-categorized them under "Works by era"? It seems more sensible. Maybe there's a page where people discuss categorization and stuff for this Wikisource? (There are a few on the English Wikipedia.) On the other hand, I think I would leave Category:Books alone -- it somehow seems dangerous to tamper with it.  ;) Willow 19:53, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

There aren't really that many users here, so I'm not sure how much discussion there would be. That's one of the nice things about these less-developed wikis—there's more freedom to be bold. If we were to eliminate Category:Books we might want to take it to the scriptorium or something, but I think it's ok if we rename the year categories. Wikipedia uses "1866 works" (see w:Category:1866 works), and then has books and novels as subcategories. I think because we're working with only public domain stuff that we're not going to have large number of works per year. Thus we can start with the works categories and then dive deeper if there end up being alot of works in any given year. What do you think? --Spangineerwp (háblame) 20:18, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Spangineer, the system on Wikipedia (e.g., w:Category:1866 works) seems really good! I like the matrices for each century and the rows for each decade. I agree with you that we should reproduce that system here, and not worry about any finer subcategories. The overall category under "Works" might be "Works by year", as it is on Wikipedia, don't you think?
If we're agreed, how should we begin it? Should you or I just dive in and copy the cats, matrices, etc. from en:WP? I'm willing but I won't be able to do it until tomorrow. Maybe let's start with one or two centuries (say, the 17th and 18th) and see whether we get struck by lightning for our hubris. ;) Talk to you soon, Willow 22:14, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Apparently this is a bigger deal than I thought. I've brought this up at Wikisource:Scriptorium#Category:Works_by_year after all. Feel free to contribute to the discussion. --Spangineerwp (háblame) 23:15, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Investigation of the letter of Leibniz[edit]

How did you get the parallel texts?--Lycurgus 04:04, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Hi, Lycurge, I'm not sure what you mean, but I'll do my best to answer your question(s). To see the two-column format, click on the litle double arrow at the far left. To incorporate it into your own works, add an "interwiki" tag, like the one near the bottom of my pages, just before the categories. There's a discussion at the Scriptorium of; the Help page is here. Sometimes you have to add some named "<div>...</div>" tags to set alignment points. Hope this helps, Willow 11:45, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Aristotle's Physics pages[edit]

Hi WillowW. I had to move your Physics translation pages to your user page; someone added copyrighted material on top of them, and I had to delete the whole pages. They are located at


Sorry for the inconvenience and feel free to move them back whenever you wish, but you may need to disambiguate if a different version is added before then.

ResScholar (talk) 22:48, 15 January 2012 (UTC)