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Contents

You can learn about DP

FAQs


Welcome to Distributed Proofreaders! The purpose of these FAQs is to provide answers to common questions that new people joining us at DP have asked. Obviously not all questions can be included here. If you don't find an answer here, you can look in other portions of our DP Wiki or email us at DP Help.

What is Distributed Proofreaders?

Distributed Proofreaders (DP) rescues public domain/out-of-copyright (and frequently out-of-print) books and converts them to "electronic texts" that can be read by people on most computers or e-readers. The books we choose to work on are from all over the world, some classics, some not. Every one of them was interesting enough that someone — or many someones, like you! — invested a great deal of time scanning, checking and double-checking the text and illustrations before sending it out to the world via Project Gutenberg.

It's "Distributed" because the work of proofreading is spread out among our many volunteers: anyone can do as much or as little as they please. This site provides a web-based method of easing the work associated with accurately proofreading and formatting public domain books. Dividing the work into individual pages enables many proofreaders to work on the same book at the same time. This significantly speeds up the proofreading/e-book creation process.

We are a recognized affiliate of Project Gutenberg and were founded in October 2000 to support Project Gutenberg by systematically providing it with e-books.

We have many different types of work a volunteer can do, including scanning books and prepare them for proofreading, proofreading page by page, formatting the pages (marking text that is in italics or bolded, etc.), preparing the final full book, and simply reading the ready-to-be submitted book to make sure that we haven't missed anything.

Here's how it works (for a pictorial representation, please see our General Workflow Diagram):


  1. "Content Providers" provide both the scanned images and text prepared using OCR that are used for page-level comparison so that proofreaders can catch and correct mistakes in the text.
  2. The "Proofreader" (or "proofer") chooses a project to work on, reads through the Project Comments on the associated Project Page, and clicks on the "Start Proofreading" link on that page.
  3. The website shows proofreaders the page image of one page with the OCR text for that image.
  4. Proofreaders read the OCR text and correct it to match the page image. They change any OCR text errors and do some typographical markup according to the Proofreading Guidelines. The site stores each proofread page in our database for the next round. Each book goes through three rounds of proofreading for OCR errors. Each round displays proofing images with their associated text.
  5. Once the book has completed the proofreading rounds, it moves on to the formatting rounds in which things like bold or italic text are marked according to the Formatting Guidelines.
  6. When all the pages in a book have been proofread, a Post-Processor does the finishing work of getting this book ready: combining all the pages into one big file, making sure that all the formatting is consistent, checking one more time for errors, etc.
  7. Often the book is then submitted for Smooth Reading where it may be read through by volunteers who report anything that disrupts the sense or flow of the book.
  8. Finally, the book is submitted to Project Gutenberg and is posted on mirror sites all over the world, freely available for anyone to read and enjoy.


The Distributed Proofreaders Mission Statement

Distributed Proofreaders is dedicated to the preservation of written works that are in the Public Domain in the United States by converting them into high-quality, freely available digital transcriptions. This is accomplished through the efforts of a supportive community of volunteers. Distributed Proofreaders follows the principles of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement.


What is Project Gutenberg?

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or e-books. Michael Hart founded Project Gutenberg in 1971. His idea: anything that can be entered into a computer can be reproduced indefinitely. This led to the concept of entering books into computers and sharing these books with the whole world.

The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.

Project Gutenberg e-books are now available in a formats such as html, epub, Kindle, and plain text. Due to U.S. copyright laws, it is legal to do this only with books that are in the public domain in the US. Project Gutenberg is U.S.-based, and is therefore subject to U.S. copyright laws. As a result, many Project Gutenberg are "Classics." No fee or registration is required.

You can read more about the history of Project Gutenberg here. You can also read more about what is done at Project Gutenberg here.

Why do we pick the books that we do?

We work only on books that are in the public domain in the United States. Because Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is based in the United States, we follow U.S. copyright laws. Our sister sites, in other countries, use different criteria. This means that we work mostly on books that were published in 1924 or earlier.

We also try to avoid duplicating books that are already available at Project Gutenberg or that are already in process at Distributed Proofreaders. For example, Content Providers check to ensure that the book is not already available at Project Gutenberg or already being worked on by someone else at Distributed Proofreaders.

Every subject has the right to enter Project Gutenberg, for historic value if nothing else. Moreover, most of the books we work on are 95 years old or older and some views that were common at the time are no longer considered acceptable. Consequently, some of the books being produced by Distributed Proofreaders may contain offensive language, religious criticisms, derogative ethnic comments, racism, offensive stereo-typing, etc. Our Project Managers are advised to ensure that their project comments contain warnings if they believe a book contains such content so that volunteers may opt not to work on them.

In summary, Distributed Proofreaders follows the principles of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement and works with whatever books people provide to us that we legally can. For more information about our policy, please refer to the Distributed Proofreaders Mission Statement in this document.

If you have a book that you would like to see done and it is copyright cleared, we may be able to do it. Please see the Content Providers forum for more details.

How can I help?

Registering as a Volunteer

Registered volunteers may contribute to Distributed Proofreaders in several ways, beginning with entry-level proofreading and "Smooth Reading" pre-released e-books to check for errors.

As volunteers gain experience and familiarity with the site and workflow, additional options open up: post-processing (preparing the proofread and formatted text for Project Gutenberg), content providing, project management, or even software development. All members of the community are encouraged to discuss these and many other topics in the forums.

If you haven't already registered as a Distributed Proofreaders volunteer, it's easy to do.

Once you've confirmed your registration by e-mail, you'll receive an introductory e-mail with basic instructions on how to log in and use the site. Then, you're ready to sign in and start learning to proofread or visit the smooth reading page to pick an e-book to read! Wherever you go, you'll find lots of information to help you get started. Please try our Walkthrough for a preview of the steps involved when proofreading on this site.

There is no commitment expected on this site beyond the understanding that you do your best at what ever you do. Spend as much or as little time as you like. We encourage you to proofread at least a page a day and/or smooth read a book as often as your time allows, but it's entirely up to you.

Donating

Distributed Proofreaders is supported exclusively by donations and all work is done by volunteers. To donate or read about donating, please visit the Distributed Proofreaders Foundation Information for Donors page.

Work for New Volunteers

Proofreading

How Do I Start Proofreading?

Each project (book) on the site goes through multiple proofreading rounds. When you first start, you will be working only on books in the first round (P1). Other rounds will become available as you gain experience and time on site.

To start out as a proofreader, go to the P1 Round Page. You simply pick a project and start proofreading. For detailed instructions on the steps to take when starting to proofread, please consult the Start Proofreading Section of the DP Welcome E-mail.

You can proofread any book that catches your interest, but we initially recommend projects marked BEGINNERS ONLY for languages with which you are proficient. These books are given close attention by experienced proofreaders who will send you personal feedback.

For more detail, please read the Beginning Proofreaders' FAQs.

As You Gain Experience

As you gain experience, you may want to change your Proofreading Preferences to make your work easier. There are many settings you can change such as font size and typeface. DP Sans Mono, for example, is a DP-created font that assists with distinguishing between similar characters and is readily available without installing anything onto your computer.

Please just do the best you can. And don't worry about making mistakes -- we all realize that it takes time and practice to learn to proofread well and the pages you do will go through several more proofing rounds so any errors you make will be found and corrected down the line. You'll find that you learn quickly and make fewer mistakes over time. And please don't hesitate to ask for feedback via dp-feedback.

I think I messed something up (did something wrong), how can I fix it?

Don't panic. We all make mistakes. If you think you made a mistake on the last few pages of a particular project, go back to the Project Page and click on the "Just my pages" link to bring up the pages you proofread for that project. If the page is still within the round, you can click on it to make corrections to your proofreading of that page.

You can also leave a note in the Project discussion topic for that book (reached from the opening page where you started proofreading -- click on "Discuss this Project"). Give the number of the page you were on (if you remember) and what you did. This lets the second round proofreader or the post-processor fix it if it was not correct.

Remember that all your proofread pages will be proofread again in the 'second round' of proofreading. Few mistakes make it by both proofreaders undetected! So just do your best and don't worry. (Second-round proofreading is limited to more experienced proofreaders.)

What Do I Work on Next?

After BEGINNERS ONLY material, you might try projects marked EASY, but again, don't be afraid to try anything that interests you. If you find yourself uncomfortable with working on a particular page, you can always press the "Return Page to Round" button and let someone else tackle it.

How do I know if I'm doing OK?

If you work on a BEGINNERS ONLY project, you'll receive personal feedback. For other projects, you will generally not get feedback, but you can always request feedback by contacting dp-feedback. For detailed information about what to include in you request, please read the DP-feedback page.

And if I have questions?

For general questions, please refer to the Proofreading Guidelines.

If you have a question about a specific page/project, you should first check the Project Comments in case it is answered there. Then you should check the project's forum thread by following the link labelled "Discuss this project" on the Project Page. Each project has its own discussion thread. Within the discussion thread you can see what other volunteers have observed or encountered with that project. If that doesn't answer your question, you can post a question or message there via the "Reply" button.

Smooth Reading

If you want to read a full book, you can also try Smooth Reading. Once post-processors have finished preparing a project, they often submit it to Smooth Reading, giving Smooth Readers a chance to preview the book and help find additional errors that need to be fixed before it's finally uploaded Project Gutenberg.

Smooth Reading is a bit like proofreading except that Smooth Readers are not required to compare the text with the scanned images of the book's pages. Instead, they read the e-text as they would read it "for pleasure," just being on the look-out for possible errors in the text. The Smooth Reading FAQs may be helpful if you're interested in this.

Other Roles for Experienced Volunteers

Once you have experience volunteering at Distributed Proofreaders, you may want to investigate other ways you can help such as:

For information on the access requirements for these and other roles, please read our Access Requirements section.

We also welcome volunteers with technical skills such as PHP, mySQL, and JavaScript to assist with software development. If you have those skills please contact the General Manager.

How can I keep track of the e-texts I've worked on?

If you wish to be notified when a project reaches a certain stage, the section of any project page below the Project Comments labeled "Event Subscriptions" allows you to sign up to receive an email notification for several different stages, including when it gets posted to Project Gutenberg.

How can I get copies of other Project Gutenberg texts?

You can go to Project Gutenberg's online catalog and get copies of any e-text in the library, including the ones prepared through Distributed Proofreaders.

Communicating with other DPers

Please ensure that all your communication within Distributed Proofreaders adheres to our Code of Conduct. We are a community of volunteers working together to preserve public domain works and it is important that we maintain an atmosphere of respectful teamwork and camaraderie.

Our Jargon

Any online (or offline) community will develop its own jargon over time: DP is no exception. So the newcomer is presented with mysterious terms and acronyms such as OCR, foofing, scanno, PM, etc. Never fear, we've put together jargon guides so you can work out what on earth we're talking about.

Forums

Volunteers often join other members of our community in our forums to discuss proofreading, smooth reading, and many other topics (and even to play games or participate in general discussions about common interests). Each book we work on has an associated discussion area (which you can reach from the "Discuss this project" or "Start a discussion about this project" link on the Project Comments page) in which questions can be posted and answered.

You may set certain forum topics or threads to alert you via e-mail if there is a new posting. Your posts on our discussion forums will be viewable by other volunteers. Certain clearly-designated forums are also viewable by unregistered guests to the forums. By means of the forums' "User Control Panel," you may set up your "Board preferences" regarding forum settings such as timezone, board style, and how you should be notified.

Our forums are a friendly and supportive part of Distributed Proofreaders. Please adhere to our Code of Conduct in your postings there. Because political discussions upset some volunteers, please limit such discussions to the Politics thread in the Everything Else (except DP) area of the forums.

E-Mail

E-mail messages are also used for communication within DP, but not very often (you won't get SPAMmed by DP!). For further details, please read the Distributed Proofreaders Privacy Policy. Some examples are:

  • You will get a Welcome email soon after you register at DP.
  • When you post a message in a DP Forum, you will get a message when someone else posts another message in that Forum (you can turn this off if you want).
  • You may request a notification email as a book passes various points in the DP process (like getting an email when a book you worked on is done and posted on Project Gutenberg).
  • You will get an email notification with election information if you are eligible to vote in the annual election of Trustees for our Board of Trustees.

The Private Message

A Private Message (also PM, Personal Message) is an e-mail sent from one Distributed Proofreaders volunteer to another, using the same software as is used for the DP forum.

Check your DP Inbox here.


Certification of Volunteer Work

If you require certification of your volunteer work at Distributed Proofreaders, please first read this document.

Technical Problems

Almost all browser-related problems (not being able to log in, not seeing the proofreading page, not getting a fresh page to proofread after you have proofread your first page) can be solved by verifying that your computer is set with the correct date and time and that your browser options are set the following way:

  • Cookies accepted/on
  • JavaScript enabled

Also, if in your Preferences, "Launch in New Window" is set to "Yes," then you must ensure that your browser does not block pop-up windows.

Setting these options correctly solves most problems accessing or using the site. For specific examples of setting these options for various browsers, please read the latest information at Browser Problems. If you are concerned with security, it is possible to set your browser to allow cookies, JavaScript and pop-up windows for the Distributed Proofreaders site while leaving these features disabled for other sites.

Distributed Proofreaders Official Sites

In addition to the main Distributed Proofreader site, DP operates:

Use of Distributed Proofreaders name in other contexts are not official or specifically approved by DP.

Useful Links


You can learn about Editing the wiki

You can edit nearly every page on the DP wiki, including this one!


Starting to edit

Before you edit an article, you might like to practice these techniques in the Sandbox.

In the grey bar at the top of the screen, click the Edit button. You'll then see the "source" of the page presented to you in an editable text-box, just like the proofreading interface. If it's a long page and you only want to edit a small bit of it, you can also click on the word Edit at the right of that section.

Text you type will appear mostly as-is when you save the page, with paragraph breaks wherever you've left a blank line.

You will need to login to make a change in the wiki; your regular proofing ID and password can - and should - be used for that.

Note: if your regular proofing ID has an underscore "_" in it, send an email to db-req at pgdp dot net.

Before you click on the Save Page button, you can Show Preview to make sure the page looks like you'd like. Also, before you save the page, please enter in a brief summary of what you changed!

Accessing a more comprehensive editing manual

For the most comprehensive information on all the innumerable ways you can edit text in a MediaWiki like this one, check out the WikiMedia editing page (this link will take you off the DP site. You may want to open the link in a new window, or a new browser tab).

Bear in mind that some of the things described at the MediaWiki site are not enabled here, and some of the things we have here are not available there. We are already customizing our wiki to fit our needs, and that includes the editing syntax!

Formatting and organizing text

Bold and italic text

To make text bold or italic, you can use the buttons on the toolbar above the text-box, which will insert some single quotes around the text that you've selected. Surrounding text with ''two single quotes'' makes italic text, while '''three quotes''' make bold text ('''''five''''' make bold italics!).

Sections and their headings

To divide a page into sections, you can use subheadings like this page does. Surround a word with equals signs (=) to make a heading. The greater the number of equals signs, the smaller the heading. E.g. this heading is produced by ===Sections and their headings===.

In general, you should use Level 2 headings ==Like This== for main structural categories, and more equals signs for smaller subdivisions of those pieces. (The number of equals signs present is equivalent to the number in a HTML heading. E.g., ==This== is <h2>This</h2> and ===This=== is <h3>This</h3>.)

If there are four or more headings on a page, and unless the TOC handling is specified explicitly, a Table of Contents will automagically appear on the page before the first heading.

Tables of Contents

A full description of how TOCs are handled can be found here (this link will take you off the DP site. You may want to open the link in a new window, or a new browser tab), but here's a summary.

  • Put __NOTOC__ at the top of the page to stop a default-type TOC being added
  • Put __FORCETOC__ at the top of the page to force a TOC just before the first section heading, even if there are fewer than four headings on the page
  • Put __TOC__ in the page to force a TOC at that position, even if there are fewer than four headings on the page

We also have some special templates, which can be used instead of any of these.

  • {{TOC Compact A-Z}} will give you a one-line TOC for subsections named A, B, C, ... Z
  • {{TOC Compact Month28}} will give you a TOC for subsections named 1st, 2nd, ... 28th
  • {{TOC Compact Month29}} will give you a TOC for subsections named 1st, 2nd, ... 29th
  • {{TOC Compact Month30}} will give you a TOC for subsections named 1st, 2nd, ... 30th
  • {{TOC Compact Month31}} will give you a TOC for subsections named 1st, 2nd, ... 31st

These are useful because the standard TOC has one line per entry, which is somewhat unwieldy in these cases.

Lists

An unordered list (bullets) is made with asterisks:

* Spoon
* Spork
* Brainz

becomes

  • Spoon
  • Spork
  • Brainz

An ordered list is made with hashes (or number signs):

# Scoop out brainz with spoon
# Bake 'til golden-brown
# Enjoy your zombie-feast

becomes

  1. Scoop out brainz with spoon
  2. Bake 'til golden-brown
  3. Enjoy your zombie-feast

You can nest lists:

* unordered 1
*# ordered 1a
*# ordered 2a
* unordered 2
*# ordered 1b
*#* unordered again!
*# ordered 2b

becomes

  • unordered 1
    1. ordered 1a
    2. ordered 2a
  • unordered 2
    1. ordered 1b
      • unordered again!
    2. ordered 2b

Definition lists are a little more complex, involving semi-colons and colons:

;spork: a spoon with tines on the end like a fork.

becomes

spork
a spoon with tines on the end like a fork.


[edit this page to understand how this works]

Hint: Don't leave blank lines separating items in ordered lists! The blank line signifies a new block: a new paragraph, or a new list. When you leave a blank, you're saying, "This is new; start numbering over!"

Creating links

External links

A single set of [square brackets] is used to make a link to a resource outside DP Wiki. Inside the brackets, put the URL of the destination, a space, and the text you want the link to display as, e.g. [http://www.pgdp.net DP] would become DP.

Linking to PG etexts

To link to an etext at Project Gutenberg, use this shortcut: [[etext:12345]], which becomes etext:12345. To make it prettier, you can use the | character and add the title like this: [[etext:12345|My Book!]], which becomes My Book!.

You can also use <pg_formats etext="12345">My Book!, by Author</pg_formats>, which becomes "My Book!, by Author -- [EPUB; HTML (utf-8); Mobipocket; RDF; Text; Text (iso-8859-1); Text (us-ascii)]". Note that the link surrounds only the text before the first comma. To get only the formats, use a self-closed tag: <pg_formats etext="12345" /> gives "[EPUB; HTML (utf-8); Mobipocket; RDF; Text; Text (iso-8859-1); Text (us-ascii)]".

Internal Wiki links

Two pairs of [[square brackets]] make a link to another page in this wiki. So, [[Main Page]] creates a link to the DP Wiki Main Page.

To make a link to a particular section on a wiki page, follow the page name with a '#' and the exact section name. For example, [[Main Page#Useful Special Wiki Pages]] would create the link Main Page#Useful Special Wiki Pages. Since that link appears in a somewhat less than attractive manner, you will likely want to specify that the link display with alternative text. To change the link text of an internal link, insert a pipe, '|' (the pipe may appear as a one- or two-piece vertical line on your keyboard), and the desired text after the internal link address. For example, [[Main Page#Useful Special Wiki Pages|Handy Special Wiki Pages]] would make the link appear as Handy Special Wiki Pages.

If you are linking to a section or subsection on the same page, you may omit the main page name, thus: [[#Internal links|Internal links]] would produce Internal links.

Special links to DP content

Because it will be quite common that someone would want to link to something that is outside the DP Wiki but still within the larger DP information system, scripting shortcuts have been developed to allow the use of special internal (instead of external) links to many of those types of items. You can find instructions and examples for these types of links at Linking to DP content housed outside DP Wiki.

Some examples here:

  • To make an easy link to Private Message a DPer, use this format: [[pm:useridnumber|username]]. For example, logista's useridnumber is 23148, so a link to PM her is [[pm:23148|logista]], which looks like logista
    • To find your useridnumber (for our Wiki and our Forums) you can look for the "pm" button in your Stats page on the DP site. That button is a link, and part of the link will be &u=nnnnnnn where the nnnnnnn is your number. Or, within the forums, you can use the "Members" link (somewhere on the page, depending on the forum style you use), then click "find a member", put in your username, and put your mouse over either "pm" button or your username in the resulting list, and note the "u=nnnnnn" value as above.
  • To make an easy link to the Project Search form, use this format: [[dp:any_foldername_within_c_root/filename|desired link label]]. For example, [[dp:tools/search.php|Search for Project]], will produce Search for Projects page.
  • Some local extensions have been defined which can be used to display information about projects.

Transcluding information

Transclusion is a method of building documents by using a call to pull information into the current document from some other document or template. This technique promotes efficiency and consistency since the information in question will not be entered (and need to be updated) separately in multiple places.

To see an example of transclusion used in DP Wiki, view the Edit window of any of the Jargon Guides or the LaTeX article.

For more details on transclusion in general, see Wikipedia's transclusion entry.

To see a detailed, and fully explained, illustration of transclusion, see Help:Jargon. While this example relates to the transclusion of jargon templates and definitions here in DP Wiki, the same process can be applied to any concept and set of Wiki pages.

Creating a page

Suppose you'd like to add some content, but none of the existing pages seems a good fit. The best way to create a page is first create a link to it on a pre-existing page (as discussed above), and then follow the link. You will be taken to the edit screen (or, to another page with the same name, if one existed already).

Another trick for creating pages is to type the URL for the new page in your browser's URL address box, e.g., http://www.pgdp.net/wiki/New_Page and click the 'edit this page' link.

Creating a sub-page

Some topics lend themselves to a natural structure, like the Periodicals or the Series By Multiple Authors. In order to make this structure happen automatically, start the new subpage link (from the topic page) with a /. So, if the main page is Series By Multiple Authors, by creating a link to, say, English Men of Letters as [[/English Men of Letters]], the English Men of Letters page has an automatic link to the Series By Multiple Authors page. Sometimes these are called breadcrumbs so you can find your way home again.

To avoid confusing us all about stray slashes, make the link pretty. This you do by adding a bit more information, like this: [[/English Men of Letters|English Men of Letters]]. This formatting, while I don't do it here, can make links to long-titled pages a little more appropriate to the page you're on. It could have been something like [[/English Men of Letters|That Series by John Morley, Viscount]], but would have still had the true title.

Creating an Author or AuthorsNotes-PGRule6 page

Lets say that you have an interest in an Author and want to see about putting some information together here in the Wiki. The most likely reason is to keep track of some works that are (or are not) in the Public Domain, or to collect notes to see about clearing some of that Authors works into the PD through the use of Rule 6 (Non Renewal).

Steps to create a Rule 6 Notes Page for an Author:

  1. Search on the Wiki for the last name of the author.
    • If the search doesn't find one... now it's time to create a page.
    • Now we are going to search again... this is the easiest way I have seen so far to create a page.
  2. Seach for PGRule6/FirstnameLastnameNotes (Because it doesn't exist, the Wiki won't find it, but it will give you a link to create it.)
    • Create the page and add some text
    • Example text:"This is the Notes Page for Clearing works by Authorfirstname Authorlastname"
  3. Now we want this page to show up in three places... and two of those are easy and automatic.
    • We want our page to be linked from the PGRule6 Category page. In order to make that happen, at the bottom of our page we are editing we add the following text [[Category:PGRule6|Lastname, Firstname]]
    • We also want our page to be linked from the Authors Category page. So we will also add this text on the next line at the bottom of the text. [[Category:Authors|Lastname, Firstname]]
    • Lastly we want our page to be listed on the primary PGRule6 Page. To do this last step we will save the page (You can come back and edit the sample text later).
      • Now that the page is saved... look up near the top. Because we created it with the PGRule6/ part at the beginning, there is already a link up to the PGRule6 page.
      • Click that link that says 'PGRule6' and we are now on a nice alphabetical page of authors last names. Scroll down to the L's (or what ever is appropriate for the author Lastname).
      • Click the 'edit' link on the right hand side, and now add your page in the form * [[/FirstnameLastnameNotes|Lastname, Firstname]] (Be sure to put it in in the correct place alphbetically)
  4. That's it. You're done. Go back to the page you created and put any notes you want to appropriate to clearing that authors work. Who knows you might come back in a month (or a year) and find someone else has added to the page and is working towards getting a clearance ready for PG.

Deleting a page

See: DPWiki:Deleting and Merging.

Asking for and receiving Help!

If you get stuck, edit this page and leave a question below. You can sign any text you insert by typing 4 tildes (~~~~), which will be replaced with your username and a timestamp when you save the page.

Questions and Answers

Redirecting to a section of an article

I've just tried to set up a redirect page Accesskey which I wanted to go directly to the Navigation section of Accessible HTML eBooks. Instead it goes to the top of the page. Is there something wrong? -- camomiletea 22:20, 16 October 2009 (PDT)

Not long ago someone asked me the same question in a PM. My reply was:
I read up a little on this and it looks like the MediaWiki code wasn't able to handle redirects to sections until December 2006. DP's wiki was started in late 2005 and installed in May 2006 so it's running an older version that doesn't have that bug fix implemented. (The developers are going to update the wiki software eventually but first I believe it means upgrading to a newer version of PHP, and that means careful testing of all DP code to make sure it works on newer versions of PHP, so it hasn't happened yet. Same goes for the forum code which is an old version.)
My reference on it was here. --Acunning40 07:56, 17 October 2009 (PDT)

What the heck is this "talk" stuff?

Every page in the wiki has an associated "Talk" page, which is meant to be used for discussing the content and/or layout of the page. You can access the talk page for the page you are currently viewing by following the Discussion link in the grey bar.

(Read "What are namespaces below", then come back here.) The name of the discussion page depends on what namespace the page is in. For pages in the main page namespace, the talk page is Talk:Name_of_page, for example you could discuss DP Jargon at Talk:DP Jargon. For pages in other namespaces, the talk page namespace is "Namespace_talk", so you would discuss this page, DPWiki:Editing, at DPWiki_talk:Editing.

How do I reply to someone else's comment on a talk page?

What I've seen most people doing is to indent their reply, by putting a colon at the beginning.

like this
each extra colon increases the indent level Acunning40 15:52, 23 May 2006 (PDT)


Can other people edit what I said while leaving it still looking like I said it?  :-O

Well, sorta. But remember that the history shows differences between versions. You'll see that I edited your question (slightly) and my name is automatically attached to the change, even if I hadn't've signed my name here. Finding out who asked the question was a matter of paging through the diffs for this section to see when it appeared. Logista 16:44, 23 May 2006 (PDT)

To sign your comment, use ~~~ e.g. Logista. You can add the date and time by using ~~~~ Logista 06:46, 26 May 2006 (PDT)

How do I link to (and from?) the DP forums

There are a number of Linking to DP content housed outside DP Wiki you can use in your wiki posts.

How do I find or go to different namespaces? What are namespaces?

Namespaces are a way to categorise pages on a very high level. Current namespaces on the DP Wiki are the main page namespace, "DPWiki", and "User" (plus a few other technical ones). You'll notice that the title of this page is shown as "DPWiki:Editing", which really means "the page 'Editing' in the namespace 'DPWiki'". Your user page is in the "User" namespace, so looks something like User:Mikeyc21. If a page has no explicit namespace, e.g. DP Jargon, it's in the main namespace. Each namespace has its own "Talk" namespace, see above question.

What do the various link colours and icons mean?

A blue or purple link (e.g., Main Page) is a regular link to a wiki article. (Whether it's blue or purple depends on whether you've visited that article recently.)

A red link (e.g., Nonexistent Article) is to a wiki article that doesn't yet exist. If you click on it, you'll be presented with the opportunity to create it. (But please don't create Nonexistent Article, or it won't be a good example any more!)

A link with a little arrow beside it (e.g., Project Gutenberg) will take you outside the wiki.

"I think I saw one with a lock sign beside it somewhere... - " - a link beginning "https:" that goes to a secure site. Like this one on the page about the Plustek OpticBook.

What do the links at the top right, like "my talk", do?

From the left, they are (if you are logged in):

  • Your user page. If the link is in red, you haven't created the page yet. To create it, just follow the link.
  • My talk. A page where other people can leave you messages, you can reply to them, and so on.
  • Preferences. Some choices you can make as to how you see the Wiki. If you set your email address you can get automatic email notification whenever a page on your watchlist changes. You can also set your time zone, search preferences, and other useful stuff.
  • My watchlist. Show the pages that you are watching.
  • Log out. Guess what this does?

What is a "minor edit"? When should I tick that box?

If you're fixing a typo or cleaning up a small bit of formatting, that's a minor edit. Even for minor edits you should use the Summary box to say what you did (e.g. fixed typo).

If you find that you are most often making such minor edits, you can change your Preferences to have that box automatically ticked.

The main significance of marking a change as a minor edit is that the Special:Recentchanges page (and some other change-reporting pages?) let the user hide minor edits.

Can pages be renamed?

If I create a new link - to create a new page - can the name of the page be changed later? & is the way I added this question okay?? Sihaya 13:45, 1 June 2006 (PDT)

Yes, pages can be renamed via the 'Move' button in the top-bar.

How bold can one be? How get consensus?

I'm looking at the structure of the wiki and see places where the structure isn't optimal, e.g. Post-processing tools really should be a page per tool, etc. (I'm looking at making my Guiguts manual a wiki page, but it would totally overwhelm the PP-tools page and make it unusable for the other tools.)

But how bold dare one be in moving stuff around? Shouldn't one get consensus or at least ask for opinions first? And if so, where? Is there a talking-about-the-wiki wiki page? Or is it in the forums? Dcortesi 12:13, 17 July 2006 (PDT)

Jmdyck 13:55, 17 July 2006 (PDT): If you go to the affected page and click 'Discussion' in the grey bar near the top, you get the 'Talk' page corresponding to the affected page, where it's appropriate to discuss possible changes to the page.
Guiguts definitely needs its own page, and your manual, particularly the PP workflow checklist, would also be good to have. I'd think PPing Tools ought to be basically a list, with links to articles on the various programs.
— WWoods 19:14, 17 July 2006 (PDT)

Other useful (maybe necessary) stuff to add to this page

Vaguery 05:41, 6 November 2005 (PST) I'd swear there was a little markup for inserting a "fix this" image inline. Also, can we get the information on list markup back on the list? Actually, it may be expedient to just lift some or all of the editing rules help text from the MediaWiki site. Maybe take out information on Transclusion and stuff.

Kraester 23:03, 21 May 2006 (PDT) Does anyone know an easier/more efficient way to find someone's user-ID# than going to their user-page, pointing to the PM button, and reading their user-ID# that displays as part of the link info shown in the browser Status bar? I was thinking that might be nice to add to either the "pm logista" example on this page, or the link to pm example on the "Shortcuts for linking to DP" page.

Well, if you paste their user name into a browser after "http://www.pgdp.net/c/stats/members/mbr_list.php?uname=", the site itself will look up their number for you, as it takes you to their user page. The number will then be at the end of the URL when the page loads. I used this fact to set up a "quick lookup" in Konqueror (using Web Shortcuts). (Feel free to delete or move this, as I don't know how actually relevant it is to Editing!) rassilon 09:23, 18 July 2006 (PDT)
Actually, the number at the end of the URL that loads in the Location bar is their DP user# for tracking page stats. That is a different number from their forums ID# which is used to create a link to start a PM to that user. For more details on these two different types of ID#'s, see Linking to DP content housed outside DP Wiki#Private Messages. kraester 22:52, 19 July 2006 (PDT)

WebRover 08:03, 26 February 2010 (PST) Is there a way to add TAGS to WIKI pages to make them EASIER TO FIND? The biggest complaint I've seen (and experienced) about the DPWIKI is the inability to find things, even pages that you know you've seen before. Is there the ability to add TAGS to each page, so when you're searching you don't have to know the exact name of the page, but pages whose TAGS match will come up. I can't find that function here. Is it there and I don't know where to look for it? Is it something that can be turned on? If I could find out how to do it, I would be willing to browse the WIKI and add TAGS to pages as I go.

What do you mean by tags? There are categories at the bottom of the page; is that it? Pages can be in multiple categories, and at the left the "Directory" link (in the "Wiki Navigation" box) will take you to a list of all the categories. You can then see all the pages that are in a particular category. Most pages should be in at least one category. --Acunning40 18:38, 26 February 2010 (PST)

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