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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “Gutenberg”

"I will edit 100 pages for Project Gutenberg's Distributed Proofreaders site ( during the month of July but only if 50 other people will do the same."

— Jeff Rigsby, open-source maven

Deadline to sign up by: 30th June 2005
96 people signed up (46 over target)

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With few exceptions, every written work published before 1923 is now in the public domain. Wouldn't it be great if all those texts were available free of charge on the Internet?

Project Gutenberg ( is making it happen, with the help of an innovative volunteer service called Distributed Proofreaders (

If you're one of those people who gets all headachey when you see "it's" in place of "its", DP needs your help. Tens of thousands of pages of text, from works in every conceivable genre, have already been optically scanned and are waiting for a few thousand nitpicking sub-editors to proofread, double-check and then format in HTML. The work can be done anywhere with Web access... in your slow moments at work, perhaps?

We're putting the sum of human knowledge online, one book at a time. Join us.

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  • I think this is a great idea - it reminds people of project gutenberg, and offers those in a july-summer limbo (e.g. students) something worthwhile to do! Thanks for the suggestion!
    rachele, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • It would be great to make as much information freely available as Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google censor through their activities in China.

    Regardless of these companies' disgusting grab for market share at the expense of human rights, this is an inherently worthwhile project.

    Excellent suggestion. Thank you.
    Simon Phillips, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'll do it but not in July, too busy. And is that Chris Lintott, Old Blue, that I see volunteering here?
    Martin Hayman, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Bloody good idea for a Pledge. I've been meaning for a while to get around to helping out a little on the Gutenberg proof reading. I kept putting it off, and now here's the push I needed.

    I only found Pledgebank yesterday, and I love it already.
    B. Eves, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Well done, excellent suggestion - signed up straight away.
    Colin Morris, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Note that proofreading for Distributed Proofreaders is slightly different to normal proofreading -- if the page-image (i.e. what the author wrote) says its instead of it's, that's the way we leave it.
    Michael, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I found pledgebank day before yesterday,sent the link to a friend and we both signed up. Excellent idea and yet so simple :)
    Ritesh Krishna, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Jeff Rigsby, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • ian vandeventer
  • rachele de felice
  • Deborah Biggs
  • Chris Lightfoot
  • Chris Lintott
  • Dave Field
  • Kathryn Saville
  • Simon Phillips
  • Rachel Hughes
  • Francesca Hodges
  • Sian Buckland
  • Hannah Whitehead
  • Terry Adams
  • Peter Munro
  • Louise Johnson
  • Jilly Hall
  • Lalana Zaveri
  • David Stuart
  • Catherine Wakely
  • Lucy Rose
  • Michelle Brown
  • Rachel Carnac
  • Ian Lynch
  • Adam Wainwright
  • Elaine Aitken
  • B. Eves
  • David Penn
  • Dan Scheuerman
  • Lynda Williams
  • Caro Holden
  • Carol Harris
  • Graham Pether
  • Diane Atsma
  • Sarah Tuttle
  • Sara Jones
  • Steve Whittle
  • Scott Dai
  • Amelia Hardjasa
  • Shani Ferguson
  • Tom Shea
  • Elizabeth Anthony Nestor
  • Cindy Seigle
  • Steanne McCall
  • Eloise Garrison
  • Sarah O'Carroll
  • Rosellyne Thompson
  • Michelle Rutherford
  • Anne Ide
  • Leila Reynolds
  • Corina Brocksopp
  • Anita Chaplin
  • Kendrick Curtis
  • Emma Beeby
  • Christine Gilmore
  • Kanchan Thadani
  • Louise Pickering
  • James Dyer
  • Chris
  • Angelina
  • Ian Clysdale
  • Karen Hamilton
  • Richard Johnson
  • Al Howat
  • Nicola Kerrison
  • Phil Shipley
  • John
  • Emma Smith
  • Owen Davies
  • Gary Owen
  • Joanne Williams
  • Jimmy Dundas
  • Lizzie
  • Peter Burton
  • Ritesh Krishna
  • wendy joseph
  • Matt Bright
  • Clare Grant
  • sylvia
  • Peter Bourner
  • Jon Ingram
  • Samantha Poynter
  • Jacinta Richardson
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • Vic Walsh
  • duncan cumming
  • V.Conlan
  • Otto
  • Victor Calvert
  • 8 people who did not want to give their names

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