[bksvol-discuss] bookshare seems to be interested in quantity

I suspect that bookshare still wants to give most of the monetary reward to the person submitting the book rather than the person validating it and so is not likely to make the difference more "equitable" as you want. I base this suspicion on the fact that bookshare still permits submits of poor quality books rather than raising the bar, thereby making less work for validators and improving the quality of bookshare's collection. Bookshare for now seems to want to keep the bar low and strive for quantity.

E.
At 07:15 AM 9/26/2006, you wrote:

Hi Monica,

I do understand that some people validate for credits, and there's nothing
at all wrong with that.  On the other hand, many of the people on this list,
yourself included, strike me as dedicated, and willing to do a good job for
Bookshare at the same time.  Originally, Evan I think it was, said that by
offering more money, people would just rush through their validations to get
the credits.  Although this may be true for some, I still find it hard to
believe that most volunteers would do that.  Didn't someone say that only
seven people paid for their memberships through their volunteer efforts?

On the other hand, I'd rather see the pay scale changed entirely.  Perhaps
$2 for submissions, and $1 for validation, would balance the scales more
equably.

This would balance so that 25 submissions, or 50 validations, would pay for
a renewal of membership.

And if offering more for validations would cause people to race through a
validation, offering less would seem to encourage people to race even
faster.  After all, if I'll only make fifty cents per validation, that means
I'll have to validate 100 books to get through the renewal process.  Better
validate real fast!

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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for validators

Hi, Cindy.  I have a scanner and use Openbook to scan.  What I was trying to
say is that without credits, I wouldn't do much on the validating side of
things.  As it is, I do validation both for the credit and because we have a
pretty hefty step 1 page right now.  Lora was talking about not validating
for credits, and that is what I was responding to.  (smile)

Monica Willyard

On Monday 9/25/2006 11:34 PM, you wrote:
>Monica,
>
>One gets so much more monetary credit for scanning, and all you'd
>really have to do after a scan is to check the copyright page and put
>the right info in the submission form; go through the book and be sure
>no pages have been omitted (we've all done that, and double-scanned a
>page, too); and delete junk characters; and run a spell-check. So you
>validate because you don't have a scanner? I think some can be had
>relatively inexpensively and it might pay you n the long run.
>
>I don't blame you at all for validating for the credits. I probably
>would work for the credits, too. I admit that in my lifetime I have
>volunteered my time and efforts rather than donated money, not only
>because I feel I'm being useful but because I don't have that much
>money to donate. smile
>
>Cindy

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