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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
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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)

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)

Calendar 2021[edit]


Month Work Category Status
January Quirky
February Fine arts
March Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author
April Poetry / Drama
May Geography
June Fiction: Novel
July Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion
August Biography
September Science/Technology
October Fiction (SF/Fantastical/etc.)
November Language
December Fiction: Short story collections

January 2021 (Quirky)[edit]

Are we going to line some new things up, or are we going to default back to The Placenta of a Lemur? BD2412 T 19:56, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

No objections: it is now indexed at Index:Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science - New Series - Volume 61.pdf, starting at page 171.
Note, the plates are tightly bound, so we probably can't reconstruct the gutter from this scan: n540, n541, n544, n545, etc. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 21:43, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
What would possess them to draw across the fold like that? Didn't they know someday someone would need to scan this on a futuristic piece of machinery? BD2412 T 22:24, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
Particularly frustrating as QJMS has really nice and unusual illustrations. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 22:54, 27 December 2020 (UTC)
  • I have some suggestions, similar to the ones I produced last year; some can be replaced, if desired. They are as follows:
    • “Appeal to the Wealthy of the Land,” 44 pp. (transcription project)
    • “Attainder of Treason and Confiscation of the Property of Rebels,” 44 pp. (transcription project)
    • Loves Garland, 118 pp. (external scan)
    • “Muscles and Regions of the Neck,” 28 pp. (external scan)
    • “Notes Upon the Owners of the ‘Sancy’ Diamond,” 44 pp. (external scan)
    • “Notices of Roman Inscriptions Discovered in Northumberland,” 60 pp. (external scan)
    • “On the Character, Properties, and Uses of Eucalyptus globulus and Other Species of Eucalyptus,” 18 pp. (external scan)
    • “A Physical and Topographical Sketch of the Mississippi Territory, Lower Louisiana, and a Part of West Florida,” 42 pp. (external scan)
    • A Prospect of Manchester, 101 pp. (external scan)
    • “Remarks on the British Quarantine Laws,” 44 pp. (transcription project)
  • I have not thoroughly checked over these, so that should be done before any one is selected. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 22:57, 28 December 2020 (UTC).
    • Whatever else we do, we should definitely include “Remarks on the British Quarantine Laws” - that's timely. BD2412 T 18:55, 31 December 2020 (UTC)
We'll need a djvu version rather than pdf. The PotM templates assume djvu file extensions. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 23:00, 31 December 2020 (UTC)
With a million or so IA PDFs now at Commons, might be worth fixing the template instead? DJVU is great and all, but sometimes it's just a hurdle when the PDF exists at Commons and is readable and has OCR? That said, we might get paragraph breaks in the DJVU OCR soon, and AFAIK, PDF doesn't do that). Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 16:06, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
  • I have checked all of the works I listed (excepting the “Remarks,” as it was already created); they are intact, although the Google information page will need to be stripped from A Prospect. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 16:53, 1 January 2021 (UTC).
  • Work should start on these works as soon as possible; they should thus be added to the appropriate templates as soon as possible. Inductiveload, can you upload a DJVU of this file? TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 02:29, 2 January 2021 (UTC).
  • @TE(æ)A,ea., @Inductiveload, @Beeswaxcandle, @BD2412: The first work for the month has been fully proofread; have the others been uploaded to Commons yet, and when do we start on those? DraconicDark (talk) 17:19, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

February (Fine arts)[edit]

March (Woman's history)[edit]

Proposed: the 1925 Anita Loos novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has just entered the public domain. BD2412 T 00:05, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Index:The part taken by women in American history.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 1.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 2.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 3.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 4.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 5.djvu
Index:History of Woman Suffrage Volume 6.djvu
Index:Women of the West.djvu --Slowking4Rama's revenge 23:14, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

April (Poetry / Drama)[edit]

May (Geography)[edit]

June (Fiction: Novel)[edit]

  • The Great Gatsby in the news [7], [8], gutenberg here [9]; web1.0 [10] editions here: [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17] Slowking4Rama's revenge 01:36, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
    greatgatsby0000unse_c4w8 uploaded at Index:The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald - 1925.djvu (the only one available from the IA not in the "borrowing library"). And it doesn't have a copyrighted intro. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 16:06, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
    • I have moved this discussion to June, as that month features novels; I certainly think that this work should be proofread. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 16:39, 1 January 2021 (UTC).
    • I see that Phe-bot is creating the pages, but there are many, many errors in punctuation, and even in the text included on the page. Especially words at the start or end of a page are incorrect, or missing, or are from a neighboring page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:07, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
      • That's common for match and split (it can get confused by hyphenations and sometimes loses track slightly), it's why the pages are created "red" rather than "yellow". Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 17:09, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
        • But that only happens when the text is being imported from a separate source instead of using the text layer in the source file. That's why match-and-split is done from a proofread copy, not for a newly added work. For a newly added work, the text layer of the file should be used, becuase editors of different editions make different editorial changes. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:35, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
          • It's coming from the PG copy, which is almost right except for some very minor differences. It's definitely closer to what's on the page than the raw OCR. It needs checking in any case. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 17:41, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
            • But those are the sort of differences that WS proofreaders don't expect. For example, you've proofread page 11, but there is still some punctuation missing that is present in the scan. OCR text generally isn't missing punctuation, so we're not in the habit of carefully checking it. Since the text comes from an external source and has gone through PG editorializing, we need to pay careful attention to the punctuation beyond what we normally do. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:48, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
              • it will be done by June, so don't bother putting it in the queue. Slowking4Rama's revenge 23:08, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
              • And EncycloPetey's prophecy came true: look at the punctuation errors on page 11 that got past the validator. [18] BethNaught (talk) 23:20, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
                • gutenberg copy editing is different, (checking punctuation, small caps, italics, dashes, and page breaks) and we should be welcoming to the newbies (or forgetful outsiders) who are attracted to the "in the news" works. Slowking4Rama's revenge 13:44, 2 January 2021 (UTC)
                  • Phe-bot is not run by newbies. The issue isn't about welcoming newbies, it's about setting them up for failure with a flawed text from the get-go. If we want to have a Gutenberg edition, then it should be added as a Gutenberg edition, not entered under the misleading guise of the text from a scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:24, 4 January 2021 (UTC)
  • For June, since The Great Gatsby appears to already be finished, I suggest Manhattan Transfer (start transcription) by John Dos Passos, another novel that entered the public domain this year. DraconicDark (talk) 18:54, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
    Symbol support vote.svg Support We have none of his novels at the moment, which is a tragedy. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:13, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

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

August (Biography)[edit]

September (Science/Technology)[edit]

October (Fiction: SF/Fantastical)[edit]

  • I nominate [21] Hoffman's Strange Stories, a collection of English translations of the popular stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, who is best remembered for The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was adapted into the well-known ballet. Several of his other stories have inspired well-known composers to write music and operas, but thus far The Nutcracker... is the only one of his stories for which we have a complete text. --EncycloPetey (talk) 22:27, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

November (Language)[edit]

  • We seem to have no works about the French language. Does someone have a recommendation? Perhaps a seminal work on the subject? --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:19, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

December (Fiction: Short story collections)[edit]