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By Puddleglum2.0
Puddleglum2.0 is both an active member of the Guild and a regular contributor to "The Signpost".

Ten years ago, the Signpost featured an interview with the then-coordinators of the Guild of Copy Editors to celebrate the completion of their very first copyediting drive. This May marks the tenth anniversary of that drive, so to commemorate that, we interviewed members of the GOCE to see how far the project has progressed. We interviewed two coordinators, Tdslk and Baffle gab1978, the current lead coordinator Jonesey95, and Tenryuu, a member who joined the Guild recently. Also making an appearance is Lfstevens, the only active copy editor left from that very first drive (other editors who participated in that first drive were copy editors for many years before moving on to other focus areas). Here are our questions and their answers.

Can you tell us a bit about what you normally do on Wikipedia besides the GOCE?

Why did you join this Project? Is it a different area than the ones you usually edit in?

What, in your opinion, is the primary mission of the GOCE?

What should be or has been focused on more: maintaining the Requests (REQ) page or working on the backlog?

Progress made on the backlog since 2014. The backlog was at 8,323 articles at the start of the first drive in 2010.

Over ten years of Drives, what period in GOCE history has stood out to you the most? Why?

Do you think the GOCE is different from other Projects in how it runs and collaborates? If so, how?

Going forward, once the backlog is cleared, do you think the mission of the GOCE will change?

What are some challenges the GOCE faces, and, if there are any, how do you address them?

What would you say to newer editors wishing to help out?

Any last words you would like to share?

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  • Although copyediting is not easily replaced using semi-automatic tools, there are exceptions – algorithms can be used to counter semantic redundancy (removing errors such as repeated "and" and "the", constructions such as "use" instead of "utilise", or "to" instead of "in order to") and expand commonality ("second-year" instead of "sophomore"), or frequent errors ("comprised" instead of "comprised of").These are well within the realm of script, and I would welcome such changes to be incorporated therein. --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 14:09, 30 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]


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