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May. 7th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm PPing virgin
Well, I've started in on my first PPing project thanks to a generous veteran who handed off a retread fiction and there's a P2 alt headed my way faster than I'd anticipated. Is there anyone here who regularly PPs on a Mac? And what's your usual approach, your opinion of various text editors, etc.?

Things are going a little more slowly than I'd hoped because I'm having to get through the learning curve of using BBEdit Lite, Gutcheck on Mac, etc. for the first time. So I'm curious about what works best for other Mac users. I'm the right-brained type who needs things on computers to be intuitive. :(
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Apr. 28th, 2006 @ 04:29 pm DP User-pic
Current Mood: busy
I've made a user-pic for proofreaders_lj -- feel free to snag it and use it to promote our LJ community or DP in general. ^_^
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Distributed Proofreaders
Apr. 27th, 2006 @ 02:02 pm staying power
I'm looking at statistics over at the PGDP site, and find it interesting how many folks find the project, do a whole bunch of P1 pages for about a week, and disappear, Still, in one-page increments, that still adds up, on the whole.

I'm wondering for the folks who stick around, what makes a person stay? I walked in slowly from the shore, so to speak, rather than doing the deep plunge; mainly from knowing different projects have different styles/preferences, and I wanted to wait and get feedback before going in deeper (at 68 pages proofed today, I'd say I'm in, a few steps deeper, and swimming happily). What I think will make the biggest difference in my staying around for a long while is neither to set unreachable goals, beyond trying to do a few pages a day on days I can spare a litle time, and poking around the forums and statistics pages to connect with community and spur myself on with those stats.

What keeps bringing you back?
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Apr. 15th, 2006 @ 07:08 am New proofer in town
Folks, I'd tried proofing a whole book sized chunk in 1999, and was delighted to have (finally?) found the cleverness that is Distributed Proofreaders - proofing and checking by a page at a time is sheer genius, and it looks like it works: there are a LOT more proofreaders than in years before, and this is Good.

Anyhow, waving hello, and thank for building this LJ community.

with just 9 P1 pages in--so far!
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Mar. 5th, 2006 @ 07:48 pm News

It's great to find out that the DP is really hanging on :)
I've created a blog for the Portuguese Language Community on DP's work.

You can check it at http://pagina-a-pagina.blogspot.com

Best wishes for you all,
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Feb. 25th, 2006 @ 07:24 pm (no subject)
I had forgotten about Project Gutenberg until today, starting to proofread again I joined 2003 and completely forgot about this wonderful project going on. Will be proofreading regularly from now on.
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Nov. 29th, 2005 @ 02:13 pm New Blood
I don't know how many of you saw novartza's comments here:

My only problem is, I became addicted to this Project. I stay awake at night Proofing, then sleep all day and arrive late to my Real-life Work. I need Help in Weaning myself from DP, which I guess I won't be getting on this community :)

I am really glad to hear from someone new who's enthusiatic because I sure haven't been lately. I've barely read the DP forums in ages, haven't proofed or formatted any pages in forever, and am beginning to think I'll never finish the one thing I have been doing sporadically, PPing a book on Saratoga. I wonder if the DP love, once lost, can be regained.
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slytherin knitting
Jun. 22nd, 2005 @ 09:14 am New Round Check-In
I was one of the worriers before the big change, but it hasn't been as bad as I feared. Yet--I find I'm doing much, much less proofing/formatting in the rounds than before, choosing to spend almost all my my DP time PPing and PPVing, areas where nothing has changed at all. There are so many discussions on small caps that I'm having trouble sorting out what gets done when and to which instances of small caps that it's easier to avoid them entirely, and then there's the "improving our markup" thread that's got me already dreading the next big set of changes. I guess I'm just not as adaptable as I'd like to think.

So how are you all settling into the new round scheme?
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slytherin knitting
Jun. 19th, 2005 @ 07:55 pm saying hello
Hi, I was happy to find out there was an LJ community for DP and joined here last night. I'll have been at DP for a scant 4 weeks tomorrow and am still getting over newbie jitters, as well as learning the guidelines. (And unlearning a few too since the changeover.)

The most pleasant surprise was finding a great deal of choice in the books I can work on--somehow before I registered I wondered if volunteers were "assigned" to something.

As for books in general, I'm officially out of shelf space in my house, have dozens of downloaded e-texts on my computer to get to, and listed "smelling books" as an LJ interest.

Nice to be here. waves to all
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May. 16th, 2005 @ 10:01 am Whining
I'm catching up on the DP forums after a long weekend away and have to say I'm really feeling overwhelmed by the upcoming site changes. I hate feeling incompetent (one reason I'm taking what may become a permanent hiatus from PPVing) and have the idea that I will feel nothing but when the site changes come, which is very discouraging. Anyone want to talk me down from this ledge? Or at least join me out here?

(I thought this was a better place to put this than DP itself, because it's not constructive or positive in the least!)
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slytherin knitting