Wikisource:News/2014-01

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Tenth Anniversary Contest[edit]

Tenth Anniversary Contest logo

From November 24 to December 7, users of all levels of experience, from first-time editors to administrators, took part in the Tenth Anniversary Contest, proofreading and validating pages from ten selected texts.

The winner was Slowking4 (3256 points and 1681 edits). The first-week runner up was Moondyne (527 points and 234 edits during the first week). The second-week runner up was John Carter (193.5 points and 69 edits during the second week).

The prizes, sponsored by Wikimedia UK, were a Kobo e-reader for the winner and a £10 (GBP) Amazon voucher for each of the runners up.

Featured text for January 2014[edit]

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The featured text for January 2014 is The Corsair, an 1814 tale in verse by George Gordon Byron. It is about a privateer named Conrad, who is rejected by society as a young man because of his actions, and who later fights against mankind, although not against women. The tale is divided into three cantos. January 2014 is the bicentennial of the publication of this work. (Main page template)

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"O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea,
"Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free,
"Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam,
"Survey our empire and behold our home!
"These are our realms, no limits to their sway—
"Our flag the sceptre all who meet obey.
"Ours the wild life in tumult still to range
"From toil to rest, and joy in every change.
"Oh, who can tell? not thou, luxurious slave!
"Whose soul would sicken o'er the heaving wave;
"Not thou, vain lord of wantonness and ease!
"Whom slumber soothes not—pleasure cannot please—
"Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried,
"And danc’d in triumph o'er the waters wide,
"The exulting sense—the pulse's maddening play,
"That thrills the wanderer of that trackless way?

Collaborations for January 2014[edit]

The Proofread of the Month is focusing on shorter works on topics that we have very little information on. The first three works are Weather Facts and Predictions (1877), Navvies and Their Needs (1878), and Why the Shoe Pinches (1861).

The Maintenance of the Month task for January 2014 is Author page connection with Wikidata items. After Wikidata starts supporting Wikisource sitelinks, which is scheduled for January 14, it will be possible to handle interlanguage and sister-project links in Wikidata.

Administrator confirmations[edit]

Two administrators were confirmed in December 2013:

Two administrators will have their confirmation discussion in January 2014:

One user has been appointed as an administrator:

Htonl still needs more support votes in order to be granted CheckUser access.

Milestones[edit]

On 2 December English Wikisource reached 300,000 main-namespace pages.