Beginners only project

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A beginners only (also knows as a BEGIN) project is an EASY project set aside to be proofed in the P1 round by Distributed Proofreaders's newest volunteers.


Why are these projects for beginners only?

A BEGIN Project (beginners only project) allows a new proofer to become acquainted with Distributed Proofreaders's (DP's) processes and terminology. New errors may have been introduced in some places so that you may gain experience in locating the various types of errors that you may encounter in regular projects.

After proofreading BEGIN Project pages, a volunteer can expect to receive friendly advice and feedback from a mentor on those pages. This feedback will likely come within a few days.

All proofreaders who work in BEGIN projects get personalized feedback, and in order to facilitate timely feedback without overloading the P2 Mentors, we ask that new proofers limit themselves to a maximum of 5 pages in any one BEGIN segment (an absolute limit of 6 pages for English BEGINs and 11 for BEGINs in other languages is enforced by the software).

Because these projects are meant for new proofers, beginners only projects are no longer accessible when a DP volunteer (DPer) has proofed more than 40 total pages including all other difficulty levels, as well as beginners only projects; DPers are then encouraged to proof in other projects.

Where are Beginners Only Projects located?

Beginners only projects are shown in the Projects Currently Available section of the P1 round's home page. Under the Genre column of this section, beginners only projects are labelled BEGINNERS ONLY.


Special Handling of Beginners Only Projects

A Beginners only project requires special handling from the Project Manager and the DP website.

Project Manager

The Project Manager separates a beginners only project into parts, numbers the parts sequentially and classifies each part as "BEGINNERS ONLY" difficulty level when the project(s) are created. The number of pages in each part will vary, depending on language and how long it takes for each part to finish proofreading in P1, and may be adjusted from time to time.

If errors are seeded into the project, the Project Comments should include the following statement:

"This project has been specially prepared to teach you DP-style proofing. New errors have been introduced in some places so that you may gain experience in locating the various types of errors that you may encounter in regular projects."

DP website

The DP website re-labels a beginners only project as a mentors only project when it has completed the P1 round.

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