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Please help start a list of text that need to be proofread. Larger text are preferred because we hope to have a large group of people working on the text of the month. Here is a great place to start looking for text to be proofread.

List of suggested works not actioned[edit]


Short works requiring validation[edit]

Have problematic pages
Translations, not eligible for simple listing

New works of less than 30 pages to be added to QUEUED


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A list of potential PotM candidates[edit]

On the transcription project, there is a good list of text that are ready to be proofread. That list is available here. This list continues to grow so it would be great if we could knock it down. --Mattwj2002 11:03, 5 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My person opinion, If people keep bringing in projects (and I have seen it) then they should do a good part of the editing. Some, whoever they are, bring in works for others to do and the work-load adds up. Too, if the texts are brought in and left for others, then others may not like the topic so the work load keeps building up. It would be nice to know [who] likes what to work on. *I* like history and specifically illustrated history* but not children’s books or poems. I have several more volumes to do and more I want to do after that. This way I work on what I brought in, or have another bring in because he/they like the same kind of work. --Maury (talk) 01:33, 1 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The PotM hasn't been updated in several months, and I noticed there haven't been any proposals for this year. Given this, are there any ideas for what to do with the PotM this year? DraconicDark (talk) 20:08, 1 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2023 List[edit]

Month Work Category Status
January Quirky
February Fine arts
March Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author
April The Playboy of the Western World Poetry / Drama
May The Ocean and Its Wonders Geography
June The Doom of the Great City Fiction: Novel
July Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion
August Biography
September Science/Technology
October Fiction (SF/Fantastical/etc.)
November Language
December Fiction: Short story collections

March 2023 (Woman's history)[edit]

April 2023 (Poetry / Drama)[edit]

Let's get one teed up. I'm up for anything. BD2412 T 02:27, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

May 2023 (Geography)[edit]

In previous year's we've always done terrestrial geography. Can anyone recommend good works on the ocean or oceanography that would still be useful? --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:25, 15 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June 2023 (Fiction: Novel)[edit]

For June, I'm thinking we do a novel that entered the public domain this year; some suggestions are Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (transcription project) and Oil! by Upton Sinclair (transcription project). DraconicDark (talk) 21:33, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Both of those options are already part of the Monthly Challenge. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:41, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My apologies, I didn't see them listed in the Monthly Challenge when I looked. In that case, of the novels listed in Wikisource:Requested texts/1927 that have a scan link, is Red Love by Alexandra Kollontay (external scan) already part of the Monthly Challenge? If not, that could be an option. DraconicDark (talk) 22:47, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since it is already June, we should switch the PoTM over. We can do either Red Love, which I suggested above, or as an alternative suggestion, I found The Silent Prince by Hattie Arnold Clark (Commons file) (IA also has a DjVU file if necessary) which we can do if the first option isn't suitable. DraconicDark (talk) 21:08, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@EncycloPetey: @BD2412: any comments? DraconicDark (talk) 21:21, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I did add Red Love to Requested Texts; I'd like to do it, but I'll prepare it now whether or not we're going to do it.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:27, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I would like to see The Doom of the Great City (1880), by Author:William Delisle Hay (a UK author we do not have; died 1885). It depicts London suffocating under a cloud of pollution, which is timely given what is happening in US cities like Boston and New York. However, I cannot locate a copy, except at Hathi. If this can be set up quickly, it is only 52 pages. It is also timely, given what is happening this week in cities of the eastern US like Boston and New York City. I have no objections to either of the nominations above, but as this would be a short one, and is unusually timely (the book itself is in the news as well). Perhaps we swap themes for June and October? --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:48, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I'm fine with that as well. It's easy to set up, since someone already uploaded it to Commons here, so I can switch it over. DraconicDark (talk) 03:16, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The index was even already set up, so I have switched the PoTM over. DraconicDark (talk) 03:21, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Awesome. Because this is so short, we might want to be ready with another short work or two, in case time allows. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:26, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm fine with that.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:57, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I agree with The Doom of the Great City. We have gone to the well of authors just entering the public domain a bit much lately. We also have to get the old books in. BD2412 T 06:24, 11 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The June selection is almost done, needing only some validation. We should have a "July" selection ready, and might be able to start it a little early. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:40, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June is done (except for Adverts). Do we want to proceed to the next selection? --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:00, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

July 2023 (Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion)[edit]

For July, I was thinking we do a work on Zoroastrianism, which we currently don't have many works from or about, despite the fact that it is one of the world's oldest religions. Some suggestions related to this are Zoroastrian Theology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (external scan), Zoroaster, the Prophet of Ancient Iran (external scan), The Gathas (transcription project), or Sacred Books of the East, Volume 4 (transcription project). Are any of these suitable? DraconicDark (talk) 19:21, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Zoroastrianism is cool with me. The Sacred Books of the East is a bit of nightmare to proof though, with diacritics and italics (as special characters) scattered all over the place.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:23, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The Gathas volume is in poetic format with copious footnotes. It also has a lot of formatting in many lines. See page 120 for an example of the complexity. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:43, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Perhaps The Souls of Black Folk, 2nd ed. by W.E.B. Du Bois. We have only an unsourced copy currently, despite the huge significance and impact this collection of essays has had. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:37, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I'm withdrawing my nomination of this work as a PotM suggestion. It has musical content that would make it too challenging. It might be doable in the Monthly Challenge, but not PotM. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:42, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 2023 (Biography)[edit]

For August, I suggest Napoleon by T.P. O'Connor (external scan). Would this be suitable? DraconicDark (talk) 21:19, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's long, but each page has a smaller bit of text than a usual work. The text also looks clean, without tables, footnotes, and such. That might make it less valuable to a researcher, but it would make for a more readable text for the average person, and easier to proofread. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:45, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've set up Index:Napoleon (O'Connor 1896).djvu and am going to start it a week early, as no one seems to have set up anything for July, and the June work is still lingering on the main page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:35, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is agreeable. BD2412 T 04:47, 26 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

September 2023 (Science/Technology)[edit]

Two works that could be considered "technical", or could be held till next February as "fine arts".

  • The Tony Sarg Marionette Book (1921) with illustrations (external scan) This nonfiction book includes illustrations and interviews, explaining aspects of how the illusions are created using puppetry. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:00, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Marionettes, Masks and Shadows (c)1927 is a book by Winifred H. Mills about the construction of marionettes and masks, as well as stages, scenery, and general stagecraft. (external scan) The potential downside of this one is that, although it is an American book by an American author, and explicitly copyrighted 1927, I can't find a date of death for the author, so I can't say whether the work is PD in the UK/EU. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:00, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October 2023 (Fiction: SF/Fantastical)[edit]

One possibility is Jefferies's After London (external scan), about life after post-apocalyptic rewilding. MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:23, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Note here is a list of books by female authors as well. MarkLSteadman (talk) 20:46, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How about w:Melmoth the Wanderer ? Or is that too much ? -- Beardo (talk) 13:21, 5 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Or "The conquest of the moon : a story of the Bayouda" - - original title Les Exilés de la Terre – Selene-Company Limited (1887) -- Beardo (talk) 22:00, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

November 2023 (Language)[edit]

For basic language learning material, in a Latin alphabet, how about Index:Latvian self-taught for English speaking people - Kratins.djvu? It's short, the diacritics are found in Special characters/Latin, but it's not a language that's well covered.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:56, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We'd have to watch carefully, and be sure editors are briefed to use {{IPA}} with examples. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:54, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Support ;) feydey (talk) 09:36, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

December 2023 (Fiction: Short story collections)[edit]

One possibility is Fitzgerald's All the Sad Young Men (external scan). MarkLSteadman (talk) 03:18, 10 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Shall we go with that, as no-one else has suggested an alternative ? -- Beardo (talk) 17:24, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I noticed that a number of users have userboxes about their PotM participation, so I made a template to simplify things a little. Hope it helps! —CalendulaAsteraceae (talkcontribs) 03:26, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]