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Second proofread competition ended on Bengali Wikisource in collaboration with the British Library
A 3-months long proofread competition which started from 1 Spetember 2021 on Bengali Wikisource ended. The event was organized by West Bengal Wikimedians User Group in collaboration with the Two Centuries of Indian Print project of the British Library. Unlike the first competition which happened during March-April 2021, this one saw fewer participants and winners. Only 12 people enrolled, 15 people actually participated in the event to proofread 2,848 pages, out of them only 2 people crossed the threshold of proofreading 500 pages to win prizes. Prior declaration about the legal constraints to send prize to winners residing outside India, competition running during the festive season, series of proofread competitions this year leading to boredom and exhaustion among the competition participants might be the reasons behind the low turnout. But, the low number of participants led the participants follow lesser errors and higher quality than before and also gave a breathing space for the organizers to clear maintenance backlogs to a certain extent. The winners are contacted to gather necessary information so that the assured prizes from both the user group and the British Library can be sent to them. The detailed on-wiki documentation of the collaboration can be found here.