[bksvol-discuss] Re: Killers Wake by Bernard Cornwell -- Sorry, had to nuke it

  • From: "mickey" <micka@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 17:00:46 -0400

I'm a fairly new validator. I'm not sure how to make sure every page is
perfect. I believed this was a volunteer job, where I could make books
available to myself and others, increasing the scanned material available.
If a book is complete and readable, I've been validating it. If it is a
textbook, page numbers are important. Otherwise, I didn't think it made that
much difference.

What I'm getting from this is I may as well throw in the sponge, let others
do the work, and worry about page numbers. I can then worry about content.
I'm a proofreader, so am considered pretty anal. But this tops me.

Not to start a war, just trying to find out if I'm truly screwing up.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pam Quinn" <quinns@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 4:06 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Killers Wake by Bernard Cornwell -- Sorry, had
to nuke it

> Definitely agree with everything said here. I've been validating my
> own submissions a lot lately for that very reason, not to mention that
> there is a surplus of books waiting for validation right now anyway.
> If we submit books and know them to be of excellent quality and an
> easy validation, why not get them validated ourselves.
> Pam
> Original message:
> >Well, what I have learned from this  discussion is that I will validate
my own stuff from now on. I am not going to leave blank pages and pages with
only images in books, and I'm not going to have somebody come
> >along and decide that excellent quality text that I submit is messed up
because they see issues with page numbering discrepancies. Its irritating to
have blank pages in books. I can see it for reference materials with an
> >index, but not for your everyday average novel. I didn't submit this
particular book. But if I did, and I found out that it got zapped because I
had left out blank pages, I wouldn't be particularly happy. And what do you
> >do with books whose page numbers get scrambled by the ocr? I just had one
like that. I have no idea why, but the page numbers were quite often messed
up. Do you honestly think its worthwhile for somebody to
> >spend a bunch of time fixing up page numbers in a novel that nobody's
going to read for reference when they could be spending that same amount of
time fixing actual text errors in some other book or scanning
> >another book?  It would be nice if wew could release with comments,
because that way, you could have put that back into the pool with a comment
that you found page number problems but didn't check for actual
> >text continuity.  It just seems to me that too much can go wrong with
page numbers, and people can and will leave blanks and images out. So nuking
for page numbering discontinuity will inevitibly result in good texts
> >wasted and volunteers being less than thrilled because perfectly good
texts that they spent time on have been zapped due to an over reliance on an
error-prone method for validation.
> >Mary
> >
> >

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