Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/January 2023

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Monthly Challenge

January 2023

Welcome to the Monthly Challenge!

  • Each month, the challenge aims to proofread and validate several texts.
  • It provides a safe space for new users to learn about Wikisource.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and makes free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.
  • Pages processed: 6108
    • (305% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4033
  • Pages validated: 1804
  • Pages processed: 4393
    • (219% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3275
  • Pages validated: 990
  • Pages processed: 4690
    • (234% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3310
  • Pages validated: 1257
  • Pages processed: 3725
    • (186% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2044
  • Pages validated: 1641
  • Pages processed: 2726
    • (136% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 1881
  • Pages validated: 768
  • Pages processed: 3629
    • (181% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2271
  • Pages validated: 1261
  • Pages processed: 3179
    • (158% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2137
  • Pages validated: 956
  • Pages processed: 3744
    • (187% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3008
  • Pages validated: 588
  • Pages processed: 3648
    • (182% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3166
  • Pages validated: 321
  • Pages processed: 3646
    • (182% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 2131
  • Pages validated: 1418
  • Pages processed: 4059
    • (135% of 3000)
  • Pages proofread: 3522
  • Pages validated: 487
  • Pages processed: 3738
    • (120% of 3100)
  • Pages proofread: 2827
  • Pages validated: 720
Daily statistics
Day under 100
Day over 200

January 2023[edit]

  • Works in current challenge: 83
  • Total pages in current challenge: 30738
  • Average processed pages per day this month: 197
  • Recent changes in this Challenge (only indexes, pages, authors)


Welcome to this month's challenge. For a general overview of proofreading at Wikisource, see Help:Beginner's guide to proofreading. The challenge has a few special guidelines and tips for new users.

Guidelines, tips and information


  1. If you've worked on a page, but don't have time to finish, please save your work as Not Proofread.
  2. If you encounter a difficulty such as a table, missing image, or a different alphabet, please mark the page as Problematic and an experienced editor will review it.
  3. Once you have finished proofreading a page, make sure to mark it as Proofread.
  4. Validation requires a careful checking of the proofread text to make sure that the formatting and spelling match the original. Be sure to read and follow the guidelines in Help:Beginner's guide to validation. Once you finish validating a page, mark it as Validated.
    • Do not use spell-check to validate, as many older works use non-standard spellings. Even if there is a mistake in the original, transcribe it as-is.


  1. Many books published before 1820 feature a long s (ſ). Replace those with {{ls}} to yield s (its appearance is changed by the Visibility gadget).
  2. At the start of a poem, put <poem> and place a </poem> at the end. Separate verses with a blank line.
  3. Mark the spot where an image should go with {{missing image}}, a table with {{missing table}} and other alphabets with {{Language characters}}.
  4. Add a blank line between each paragraph.
  5. For oldstyle numbers use {{oldstyle}}.
  6. For images, use the following format:
{{img float
 | file = name of the image file
 | cap = The caption
 | align = left/center/right
 | alt = A description for those with different visual abilities.
 | width = How wide the image is: e.g. 500px
For more information, see {{img float}}.

Difficulty Levels[edit]

  1. Easy – These works have good OCR and have simple formatting consisting mainly of font sizes, bold, italics, centering, and a Table of Contents.
  2. Average – These works have references and indexes in addition to the formatting of Easy texts. In addition, there language tends to be more academic or contain dialectical English.
  3. Last Bits – This category could use a better name, but the idea is that this is an Index that has mostly been proofread, but a few more challenging pages remain.
  4. Second Glance - This category is for works that appears to have been proofread once, but require a careful look to make sure that the text matches the scan.
  5. Formatting – This category is for Indexes imported from another site that also does proofread, but wishes not to be named. They are fully proofread, but require checking to make sure that all the formatting is there. All pages will require the addition of header and footers. However, most pages will require no other work.
  6. Transclusion – These works have been fully proofread, but remain untranscluded. They are a great place for a user to learn about transclusion and reduce the backlog.

Challenge texts[edit]

Under 50 pages: to proofread
To proofread (new works this month)

Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Emily Climbs Lucy Maud Montgomery (Celebrating the Public Domain) Canada 1925

The House On The Cliff Franklin W. Dixon (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Men without Women Ernest Hemingway (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Mosquitos William Faulkner (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Oil! Upton Sinclair (Celebrating the Public Domain) UK 1927

The Secret of the Old Mill Franklin W. Dixon (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu (Celebrating the Public Domain) Japan 1925

The Tower Treasure Franklin W. Dixon (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

Twilight Sleep Edith Wharton (Celebrating the Public Domain) USA 1927

The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler (Acclaimed Books) UK 1903

To validate (works added 2 months ago)

Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington (Requested Texts) USA 1901

The Wanderer (Volume 5) Fanny Burney (Novels, Women Writers) UK 1814