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New book on Abacus Traditional Methods[edit source]

Hello all,

This summer I have been working on a project (Abacus Traditional Methods) in my Sandbox and it is slowly approaching completion 75% developed. I plan to move it to the main namespace soon as I think that in its current state it may already be useful. But first I must decide on the final title, perhaps something like "Traditional Abacus and Bead Arithmetic".

Since I am new here, before proceeding with such step, I would like to consult a few things with you:

  • First, I would greatly appreciate if an expert could take a look at the project to make sure it conforms to WikiBooks policies and guidelines.
  • About the bookshelves,
Do you have any suggestions on this?
  • Also, as you can see, I am not a native speaker, so the book should be completely revised to ensure its linguistic accuracy. Once I move the project to the main namespace, I plan to ask for the collaboration of fellow members of the Soroban and Abacus Group, a group that has been discussing the abacus for some 20 years. Many of its members have a lot to say about the subject of this book and some of them are native speakers. But unsure about the degree of assistance I can get from them, how can I additionally request the collaboration of other wikibookians?

Any comments will be welcome.

Thank you very much!,

Jccsvq (discusscontribs) 04:56, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I went ahead and made Shelf:History of Computation if that helps. --Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 16:55, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I just skimmed it and know almost nothing about the abacus (Until I take a more closer read of course!), but overall formatting looks good to me. As far as the note about content from your website goes, I'm unsure if that needs to be cleared through some process similar to the Volunteer Response Team or anything like that. --Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 17:10, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you very much! I'm certainly going to use the new shelf.
Regarding your second comment, I am not sure I understand it as I am seeing "Volunteer Response Team" for the first time. If the concern is about copyright, all the content of my website is under a Creative Commons 0 or Public Domain license, as it is expressly indicated in each page and document of the web, and anyone (including me!) is granted the right to reuse it in any way without restriction, for example, to adapt it as a textbook and create a new work for WikiBooks. I see no problem in this. Jccsvq (discusscontribs) 04:49, 28 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Oh there's no problem with using CC0 content. All that the VRT does is confirm that the content was available under that license at the time of import, but I'm not sure if Wikibooks has a similar mechanism. I'm out of my depth in this knowledge, and it's probably not required if I can't find documentation on it. Someone more experienced like @QuiteUnusual: would know more. --Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 22:02, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Yes we typically request an email to the VRT with appropriate evidence of ownership. However, if the material is published under a compatible license we don't ask for evidence that any source that preceded that publication was licensed correctly. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 07:55, 31 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you both very much. It seems like there is no problem. Anyway, I plan to add a link to the book on my website as soon as I move it to the main namespace. This will at least prove that the owner of the material (me, anyway) knows about its use on WikiBooks and recommends visiting it. Jccsvq (discusscontribs) 04:12, 1 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]