Wikisource:Community collaboration/Monthly Challenge/May 2022

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Monthly Challenge

May 2022

  • Each month, the Wikisource community selects a few texts to proofread and validate.
  • The texts are featured for a maximum of three months with a few exceptions.
  • The challenge builds Wikisource's core collection and helps introduce new users to Wikisource.
  • Wikisource seeks to make free, scan-backed ebooks accessible to everyone.
  • Pages processed: 7257
    • (362% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4385
  • Pages validated: 2517
  • Pages processed: 6976
    • (348% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4029
  • Pages validated: 2677
  • Pages processed: 6392
    • (319% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4718
  • Pages validated: 1351
  • Pages processed: 5928
    • (296% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 4123
  • Pages validated: 1488
  • Pages processed: ~5268
    • (~263% of 2000)
  • Pages proofread: 3844
  • Pages validated: 1228

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May 2022[edit]


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]

To fix
Commencement of section 7 of the Copyright Amendment Act 1984.djvu
Under 50 pages: to proofread
To proofread (new works this month)
To proofread (works added 2 months ago)
The Blacker the Berry - Thurman - 1929.djvu

The Blacker the Berry Wallace Henry Thurman (Harlem Renaissance) USA 1929

Dead Souls (1916 Hogarth).djvu

Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Ukranian Literature) Ukraine 1916

The Federalist (1818).djvu

The Federalist Papers Jacob Gideon (Requested Texts) USA 1818

The New Negro.pdf

The New Negro Alain Locke (Special Plea) USA 1925

The Works of H G Wells Volume 5.pdf

The Works of H.G. Wells (Volume 5) H. G. Wells (Science Fiction, Celebrating the Public Domain, Special Plea) UK 1924

To validate (new works this month)
The Blithedale Romance.djvu

The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne (Novels, Requested Texts) USA 1852

The Novels of Ivan Turgenev (volume VI).djvu

Virgin Soil, Part 1 Ivan Turgenev (Transclusion, Splitting) Russia 1920

The Novels of Ivan Turgenev (volume VII).djvu

Virgin Soil, Part 2 Ivan Turgenev (Transclusion, Splitting) Russia 1920

To validate (works added 2 months ago)
Completed works

The Condor, Volume 1, Number 3 Various (Transclusion) USA 1899

The Elene of Cynewulf.djvu

The Elene of Cynewulf Cynewulf (Old English) USA 1904


Orley Farm (Volume 19) Anthony Trollope (Victorian Serial) UK 1861


Orley Farm (Volume 20) Anthony Trollope (Victorian Serial) UK 1861