[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No Longer Accepted

The last I checked--admittedly it's been a while since I submitted a new
book, the original submitter has the option of choosing the quality rating.
This means htat the submitter can choose to upgrade the quality rating but
will have ot provide information in the comments section the reasons for
upgrading the quality ratings.  My personal feeling is that any submitter
that does not bother to provide an explanation in the comments field as to
why the quality rating is being upgraded needs to have his/her quality
rating rejected.  I also plan to continue to do what I have in the past,
which is to take 10 or 15 random pages from the book to read them when I
validate.  This will be even more vital for those books whose quality rating
has been upgraded.

Pratik

-----Original Message-----
From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Grandma Cindy
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 3:45 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No Longer Accepted

Pratik,

Am I incorrect in my impression from Claire's message
and the other posts that books with a Fair rating
won't get to the download list at all? I see them with
a rating. My question is, is that put there by the
submitter or some automatic measuring device? I see
problems with both ways, that have been brought up
recently by posts: (1) if someone's submits are
rejected because of the way they rated the submit,
they might change it to Good from Fair or (2) proper
names or foreign words might cause a Fair rating and
thus a book that doesn't deserve that rating to be
rejected.

G.Cindy

--- Pratik Patel <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hooooooooooray!  Since all volunteers are requested
> to choose  book rating,
> this is a conscious decision.  Now the work of the
> validator becomes far
> more important and easier.  If you believe that a
> book should have a better
> than a fair rating, just upgrade the rating and make
> sure that the comments
> field has enough information for either the
> validator or the administrator.
> 
>  
> 
> Pratik
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of robert tweedy
> Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 2:20 AM
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No
> Longer Accepted
> 
>  
> 
> Yes if you get one reject it. As someone said to be
> fair just look at the
> book but if it is too much trouble to fix, bye bye.
> 
> Skype contact bobwichitaks phone 316-524-5454
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> 
> From: Wildcat <mailto:p.wildcat1234@xxxxxxxxx>  
> 
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:19 PM
> 
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No
> Longer Accepted
> 
>  
> 
>     Does this mean I won't have to spend time
> validating fair scans any more
> because that did sound frustrating. 
> 
> Kenny 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> 
> From: Estelnalissi <mailto:airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
> 
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:27 PM
> 
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Fair Quality Scans: No
> Longer Accepted
> 
>  
> 
> Dear Claire, Bookshare Staff at Large, and
> Booksharian Friends,
> 
>  
> 
> Ee Ha!
> 
>  
> 
> Claire your news is better than fabulous! Bookshare
> readers and validators
> will be spared so much frustration and we'll be
> giving the books we prepare
> for Bookshare, and offer to readers, the respect
> they are due!
> 
>  
> 
> This policy will save so much time and frustration
> for volunteers who
> examined and gave up on fair books or spent
> countless hours trying to bring
> them up to a higher standard. And though it doesn't
> raise Bookshare's grand
> total of books offered, I'm excited because many of
> us will choose to use
> some of that time saved to work on BSO-ing the fair
> books we already have.
> Imagine, we are moving toward a time when the
> collection will be of such
> high quality that subscribers to Bookshare won't
> have the chance to be
> disappointed when they download books. 
> 
>  
> 
> I know E, and all of the volunteers who have been
> asking so fervently to be
> spared the burden of wasted volunteering and reading
> effort demanded by
> those fair books, will be celebrating! They never
> gave up asking for this
> change and they didn't wish in vain. High five to
> them!
> 
>  
> 
> We can all walk a little taller!
> 
>  
> 
> Thank you! Thank you!!!
> 
>  
> 
> Always with love,
> 
>  
> 
> Lissi
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> 
> From: Claire O'Brien <mailto:claire.o@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> 
> 
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:56 PM
> 
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Fair Quality Scans: No
> Longer Accepted
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Dear Bookshare Volunteers:
> 
> In our ongoing effort to raise the quality standard
> of the reading
> experience at Bookshare.org, we are happy to
> announce that 'Fair'
> quality scans will no longer be accepted. We feel
> that in order to honor
> our commitment to offer the best reading experience
> possible for the
> print-disabled community, scanned books must now
> meet the minimum
> quality standard of 'Good' (98.6-99.3% words
> recognized by our quality
> rating and dictionary).
> 
> Our collection is largely built from our volunteer
> community, and we
> value the contributions from each of our supporters.
> We hope that this
> decision will improve the Bookshare.org experience
> for both our readers
> and volunteers.
> 
> For helpful hints on how to produce better scans,
> please browse the
> following resources:
> The Volunteer Manual (soon be renamed the Scanning
> and Validation
> Manual): http://www.bookshare.org/web/VMMain.html
> Friends of Bookshare web page:
> www.friendsofbookshare.org
> Jake's web page: www.jbrownell.com/bks/
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Claire O'Brien
> Collection Development Manager, Bookshare
> Benetech
> 480 S. California Ave., Suite 201
> Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA
> 
> claireo@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> www.bookshare.org
> 
> The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving
> Humanity
> A Nonprofit Organization
> 
> 


WISH LIST (called Requested Additions To The Bookshare Collection)is
available at  
http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm
http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/
http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm

www.jbrownell.com for miscellaneous and useful threads


 
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