Wikisource proofreading contests

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This page provides a guide to the Wikisourcians interested in organizing and running a Wikisource proofreading contest (WPC) in their local Wikisource.

What is it?[edit]

The Wikisource proofreading contest main idea is to offer people an incentive, in the form of a competition, to help Wikisource.

A basic Wikisource proofreading contest is organized as follows:

  1. during the contest people can help proofread and validate book pages on Wikisource.
  2. for each page either proofread or validated the participant gain points.
  3. at the end of the contest, a prize is awarded to the Wikisourcian with the most points. Second and third-place prize are awarded with a random drawing from all the remaining contestants: each point that you gained during the contest is like a lottery ticket, so the more points you have gained during the contest (that is, the more pages you have proofread or validated), the more chances you have to win.

On Italian Wikisource the contest is usually held in November, to celebrate the birth on the Italian edition of Wikisource (November, 24th). So in that case it is a "Wikisource Anniversary Proofreading Contest" (WAPC), which was the original name of this concept.

History[edit]

The section aims to capture all the proofreading contests held on various Wikisource projects. Feel free to edit existing or add missing proofreading events to this table.

S.No. Contest Language Dates Coordinators Tools used Project Page Other documentation
1 Kamus bahasa Sunda–Inggris proofreading contest Sundanese & English July 2–19, 2012 Wikimedia Indonesia Beasiswa Perjalanan Jakarta
2 Italian Wikisource 10th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2013 – 1 December 2013 Wikisource Community User Group (Wikimedia Italia) Decimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/21/wikisource-proofreading-contest/
3 English Wikisource 10th Anniversary Contest English 24 November 2013 – 7 December 2013 Wikisource Community User Group (Wikimedia UK) Tenth_Anniversary_Contest https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/21/wikisource-proofreading-contest/
4 Catalan Wikisource 10th Anniversary Contest Catalan 24 November 2013 – 1 December 2013 Wikisource Community User Group (Amical Wikimedia) Viquirepte_10%C3%A8_aniversari https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/21/wikisource-proofreading-contest/
5 Malayalam Wikisource contest 2014 Malayalam 1 January 2014 – 31 January 2014 Manojk (CIS-A2K, Kerala Sahitya Akademi, IT@School, Free Malayalam Computing) ഡിജിറ്റൈസേഷൻ മത്സരം 2014
6 Italian Wikisource 11th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2014 – 1 December 2014 Wikimedia Italia Undicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource
7 Italian Wikisource 12th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2015 – 8 December 2015 Wikimedia Italia Dodicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource
8 Wikisource Contest 2016 Spanish 10 June 2016 – 14 July 2016 Wikimedia Argentina Concurso_Wikisource_2016_(WMAR)
9 100wikidays (2nd Attempt) French 15 September 2016 – 23 December 2016 French Wikisource Community Wikisource:Accueil/100wikijours
10 Italian Wikisource 13th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2016 – 8 December 2016 Wikimedia Italia Tredicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource
11 Bengali Wikisource 10th Anniversary Proofreading Contest Bengali 1 January 2017 – 31 July 2017 West Bengal Wikimedians, CIS-A2K and Wikimedia Bangladesh) A SQL Quarry, along with modified version of a previously built wikisource contest tool উইকিসংকলন ১০ প্রতিযোগিতা Case Study at Outreach Wiki
12 Wikisource Contest 2017 Spanish 7 July 2017 – 4 September 2017 Wikimedia Argentina Convocatoria_Wikisource_2017_(WMAR)
13 Italian Wikisource 14th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2017 – 8 December 2017 Wikimedia Italia Quattordicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource
14 Wikisource Contest 2018 Spanish 6 September 2018 – 19 October 2018 Wikimedia Argentina Convocatoria_Wikisource_2018_(WMAR)
15 Italian Wikisource 15th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2018 – 8 December 2018 Wikimedia Italia Quindicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource
16 Punjabi Wikisource Contest Punjabi 21 December 2018 – 31 January 2019 Wikilover90 Wikisource Contest Tool ਵਿਕੀਸਰੋਤ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਾ
17 Rabindranath months contest Bengali 9 May 2019 – 8 August 2019 West Bengal Wikimedians Wikisource Contest Tool রবিমাস প্রতিযোগিতা ১৪২৬
18 Italian Wikisource 16th Anniversary Contest Italian 24 November 2019 – 8 December 2019 Wikimedia Italia Sedicesimo_compleanno_di_Wikisource

How to organize your local Wikisource proofreading contest[edit]

Organizing a Wikisource proofreading contest is very simple:

  1. put together an organizing team on your local Wikisource. We have tools that will help you with running the contest, but you will need at least 3 or 4 fellow Wikisourcian to effectively organize a WPC. These people should ideally be experienced Wikisourcians who know well the policies and customs of your local Wikisource, having local sysops or patrollers is of great help;
  2. decide when you will run the contest and publish in advance the detail of the rules on your local Wikisource;
  3. find some prizes to offer to the winners and/or participants, you may ask your local chapter to sponsor or finance the prizes;
  4. choose a set of books that need to be proofread and validated from you local Wikisource. Since the contest is centered around proofreading and validation you should choose books were almost all pages just need proofreading and validation;
  5. advertise the contest with your local community, you may ask to the sister projects' communities in your language and/or set up a CentralNotice banner;
  6. run the contest! (see below)

How to run your local Wikisource Anniversary Proofreading Contest[edit]

Running a WPC is even simpler:

Before the contest
  1. Gather the books to be validated or proofread and decide the prizes (which must be available before the contest)
  2. Decide the main rules of the contest (score table / involvement or exclusion of admins / arbitration committee / awarding the winners)
  3. set up the main page of the contest
  4. set up complimentary gadgets (barnstars, link to help pages for newcomers, more indexes to be added during the contest if needed)
  5. advertise the contest on other projects in the local vilage pumps, asking to put a link to the contest in the SiteNotice.
During the contest
  1. You should check that pages are proofread and validated correctly, that is participants are not cheating by marking pages as proofread or validate without reading them. Your local patrollers and sysops should be able to recognize this behavior on sight. The system takes into account the possibility that pages are "demoted", i. e. they go from a higher completion status (like "proofread" or "validated") to a lower one.
  2. The tool lives at wscontest on wmflabs (source code on GitHub)
After the contest
  1. All proofread books should be listed as a general accomplishement in a subpage of the main page of the contest
  2. All participants should be listed with their number of edited pages according to the rules
    1. The arbitration committee and a tech-savvy external user select the winner and the runner-ups
  3. announce the winners;
  4. award the prizes to the winners;

New tool[edit]

This section needs to be written.

Legacy tools[edit]

Legacy code is also on GitHub)

We have created a tool called wscontest on Wikimedia Toollabs to gather the tools needed to run a WPC.

They will consist of three main parts:

  • the votecounter scripts, to count the points for each contestant;
  • the ranking script, to designate the winner (who has the most points) and to draw the second and third-place winners;
  • a simple page (see wscontest/website @ github);

How to run a contest using the legacy tools[edit]

During the contest:

  1. during the contest, you should check that pages are proofread and validated correctly, that is participants are not cheating by marking pages as proofread or validate without reading them. Your local patrollers and sysops should be able to recongnize this behavior on sight. The system takes into account the possibility that pages are "demoted", i. e. they go from a higher completion status (like "proofread" or "validated") to a lower one.

After the contest:

  1. run the votecounter scripts, to count the points for each contestant;
  2. run the ranking script;
  3. announce the winners;
  4. award the prizes to the winners;


Interested users[edit]