BC's: How to update the Magic Window

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Creating a new group project

--> See: What does a book coordinator do?

Basics about using the BC admin

  1. To make things easy for you, you'll see there's a tiny link to the BC admin right underneath the reader list in the first post of your project: Bc admin.jpg
  2. When you get to the BC admin, you'll see your project's reader list. The reader list has two views: (a) the 'reader' view (where you enter readers) and (b) the 'sections/chapters' view (where you mark sections complete, etc). You can get from one to the other by changing the sort order - there is a link just above the list:

SortReader.jpg

Preparing the Magic Window for reader claims

Adding chapter/section titles to the reader list

Often a book will have chapter titles. It's good to include these in your reader list so your readers know EXACTLY which sections they're signing up for. Give plenty of specific information to avoid confusion!

Also, titles in the MW will be used during cataloging and added to files as ID3 tags. Therefore, enter the titles as you'd like them to appear later., remembering that the section number will be automatically added to the beginning of each title. This will make the files sortable. So a title entered as "Chapter I" in the MW will be given an ID3 title tag of "01 - Chapter I" during the cataloging process. To add titles:

  1. Click on the BC admin link under your MW.
  2. Click in a "Title" field. Type (or paste) the chapter/section name.
  3. Hit "return/enter" on your keyboard to save the title.
  4. NOTE: Occasionally you find that once a project has been going for a little while, that you need to split a chapter into two sections. Should this happen, [to be updated with instructions for BCs to add sections.]

Example of a Magic Window: Mw example.jpg

Adding the sections' word count

It is very helpful if you enter each section's word count in the Notes field. This will enable readers to choose better which sections they can manage in the time they have available. Above the Magic Window, there is a sentence explaining the word count: "Forum discussions have shown that average reading speed is approx. 2000 words in 15 minutes."

How to count the words, see: Word Count

  1. Click on the BC admin link under your MW.
  2. Click in the "Notes" field.
  3. Enter "Word count: xxxx" or similar (you can round the number)
  4. Click the "save" button.
  5. Repeat 2.-4. for all sections.

Example of a Magic Window: Mw wordcount.jpg

Adding links to text sections

Sometimes you may want to divide a very long chapter up into smaller sections (most readers prefer sections no longer than 4000 words, i.e. ~30 minutes' reading time). You can give your readers links to those sections (use Google docs or similar to host the text portions). This is also helpful when the sections are not clear-cut, e.g.when there are no chapters.

  1. Click on the BC admin link under your MW.
  2. Click in the "Notes" field.
  3. Paste in this code: <a href="" target=new>Link to text</a>
  4. Now, between the quotation marks, paste in the URL to the text, e.g. https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcMZiSudHexxZHQ3MjR2d18zZ3RqajNi&hl=en
  5. So the whole thing reads: <a href="https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AcMZiSudHexxZHQ3MjR2d18zZ3RqajNi&hl=en" target=new>Link to text</a>
  6. Click the "save" button.
  7. Right click your new link to open in a new tab and make sure it works :)

Example of admin: Mw admin.jpg

Example of a Magic Window: Mw full.jpg

Signing up readers

Adding readers new to your project

As readers sign up, add them to the reader list.

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Readers (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. If your reader is new to LibriVox and has given you his/her catalog name, please scroll down to the very bottom of the page and add the reader to the database (copy and paste the forum name, catalog name, and URL (make sure URLs begin with "http://" and end with a slash "/"), using these fields - ignore the comment about the "dropdown": Mw newperson.png
  4. To assign a section or chapter to a reader, look for this line: Mw assign.jpg
  5. Type in the section/chapter number(s) and copy and paste the reader's forum name. (If the reader has not yet been entered in the system, a new page will load with a message something like "This reader has not previously been assigned a section. Someone may want to enter his/her catalog name." Click your browser's Back button to return to the admin.) Then click the "Add Reader" button. The system automatically goes to "Currently sorting by readers" view. Mw addsection.jpg
  6. Unless you know for sure that the reader has read sections for LibriVox before, please check if the reader's catalog name is already in the database. To do this, click the bottom item in the yellow menu in the top right of the screen: "Readers' Catalog Info." You'll see a list of all readers who have claimed sections in your project. If the reader's catalog name is not yet listed, please contact the reader (by PM, or by posting in the forum), asking under which name or pseudonym they'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalog. We can also link to a personal web site/blog.
  7. Click the "Sort by Sections/Chapters" link and record the date the reader has claimed the section in the Notes field - please use the word for the month as this will be less confusing for volunteers (in Europe and America, month and day are reversed so 7/8/10 could be in August or in July): something like "Claimed 03 June." (Tip: leave in the word count and the text link, if you have one, until the reader actually submits the section. If you have to orphan the section, all you have to do is remove the claim date!). The claim date will be used to determine when sections should be put back in the pool if a reader doesn't submit their recording within the two-month guidelines. All Notes entered in the Sections/Chapters view are public (they will be visible to everyone in the Magic Window in your first post of your project), whereas the Readers view notes are private (only visible to the BC). - See also section on 'Making notes about your communications with readers' below

Example of a Magic Window: Mw filled.jpg

Adding readers who have already claimed a section of the project

Sometimes readers come back for more.

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Readers (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Look for the reader in the list.
  4. Click on 'Edit' next to the existing section/s the reader has claimed.
  5. Add the new section/s, separating them with commas.
  6. Hit return/enter to save. Everything will be updated and the reader should show up as having claimed the new section/s.
  7. Click the "Sort by Sections/Chapters" link and record the date the reader has claimed the section in the Notes field (tip: leave in the word count and the text link, if you have one, until the reader actually submits the section. If you have to orphan the section, all you have to do is remove the claim date!). This date will be used to determine when sections should be orphaned if a reader doesn't submit their recording within the new two month guidelines. Notes in the Sections/Chapters view are public (they will be visible to everyone in the table in your first post of your project), whereas the Readers view notes are private (only visible to the BC). - See also section on 'Making notes about your communications with readers' below

Example of a Magic Window: Mw filled.jpg

Adding submitted files

When they are submitting files, readers should provide the file location (a URL) and the file duration. The latter is important because your MC needs it during cataloguing to check the file hasn't been chopped off somewhere during the process.

Noting down the file duration and "PL needed"

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Sections/Chapters (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click "Edit" in the 'Notes' field of the section for which you've received a file.
    1. If you wish, you can delete the claim date and the word count now. Leave the text link if you have provided one (your PLer may wish to use it).
    2. Enter the file duration in the format mm:ss.
    3. Enter "PL needed" so your PLer(s) know the section is ready to be downloaded for proof-listening. To make this stand out more so it's easier to spot, we like to enter it in red and bold. Copy and paste this code to do this: <font color=red><b>PL needed</b></font>Mw plneeded.jpg
  4. Click the "save" button. See c. Marking sections 'Complete' to see how this same section will look in the Magic Window.

Entering the file location

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Sections/Chapters (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click "Edit" in the 'Listen URL' field of the section for which you've received a file. Copy and paste the full URL. In the Magic Window, this URL will automatically appear as a clickable "Listen!" link.
  4. Hit return/enter to save.
  5. Make sure the URL is correct (that it follows your filename scheme). If it isn't, PM your MC and ask her/him to correct it for you in the Uploader admin. When it's done, change the URL to the correct one in the admin as in 1.-4. above.
  6. See c. Marking sections 'Complete' to see how this same section will look in the Magic Window.

Marking sections 'Complete'

Once a reader has completed a section, you'll mark it 'complete.'

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Sections/Chapters (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click the "Complete" checkbox(es) for the completed section(s). The colour of the section will change to green. In the Magic Window, the "Status" column will change from 'available' to 'complete' and the colour will change there, too.

Mw sectioncomplete.jpg

OR:

  1. Sort by Readers (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  2. Click the "edit" link in the "Completed" column.
  3. Enter the number(s) of the completed section(s).
  4. Hit return/enter on your keyboard to save.

Adding PL notes

As your proof-listeners report back, add their findings to the "Notes" field (if they are DPLs, they can do so themselves as they will have Admin access).

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Sections/Chapters (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click "Edit" in the "Notes" field for the chapter you wish to notate.
    1. If the file is good to go, change "PL needed" if you had it there before, to "PL OK:" or just "OK." If your "PL needed" was red, you now want to change the colour to green by using this code: <font color="green"><b>PL OK</b></font>
    2. If the file has PL notes, change "PL needed" if you had it there before, to "PL notes" and add notes, such as "Repeat @ 14:32" or "too soft" or "Funny background noise through entire file" or "OK to catalog". You can achieve line breaks with this code: <br/>. See screenshot below.
      -- Or simply refer to the page of the project thread where the PL notes for this section were posted. The code for this: <font color="red"><b>PL notes (see p.x)</b></font> mm:ss (replace 'x' with page number; mm:ss should already be there as the file duration).
      -- The most elegant solution is to link to the post where the PL notes have been posted in the forum thread. The code: <font color="red"><b>PL needed, see <a href="URL for forum post" target=new><u>PL notes</u></a>)</b></font> mm:ss (replace URL for forum post with the URL but leave the quotation marks around it!)
    3. See below for examples of code and how this will look in the Magic Window.
    4. Make sure you leave the file duration in the Note.
  4. Click the "save" button.

Example of admin: Mw admin2.jpg

The sections above in the Magic Window: Mw admin3.jpg

Marking a Section Edited

Once the PL notes are back, if the section is not OK, the reader will edit the file. They should re-upload the edited file with the same name as before, so you shouldn't have to change the Listen URL (make sure the URL is correct, though). They should also note the new, post-edit, file duration.

You will need to change the Notes field. (Ideally, the PLer will double-check that the required changes have been made.)

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Sections/Chapters (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click "Edit" in the "Notes" field for the chapter you wish to notate.
    • If the file is good to go, change "PL note" if you had it there before, to "PL OK (edited)" or just "OK (edited)" - it's advisable to note that a file is edited so there's no confusion about the status. If your "PL notes" or similar was red, you now want to change the colour to green by using this code: <font color="green"><b>PL OK (edited)</b></font>
    • See the images above about editing the Notes field.
  1. Change the file duration to the post-edit duration.
  2. Click the "save" button.

Making notes about your communication with readers

Sometimes you may contact one or several readers via PM or email - for instance, to tell them that the project has moved to Readers Found, or to ask them for an update about their sections. You may wish to note down the date/the particulars of your correspondence. These sorts of note are typically just admin notes that need not be public. You can add private notes like this:

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Readers (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Click the "Edit" link in the "Notes" field for a section.
  4. Type in your note - anything you like. Remember that this is not visible to anyone but you and your MC.
  5. Hit "return" on your keyboard to save.

Example of admin: Mw readersnotes.jpg

Orphaning a section

Sometimes you must remove a reader from a section - either because they've given up the section, or they've disappeared.

  1. Go to your BC admin.
  2. Sort by Readers (see section 2. "Basics on using the BC admin" above).
  3. Look for the reader in the list.
  4. If they have not read any of their assigned sections:
    1. Click the "delete" link at the end of their row in the list.
  5. If they have completed sections, but you need to remove them from some uncompleted ones:
    1. Click the "Edit" link in the "Sections" column.
    2. Delete the section number(s) you are removing them from
    3. Hit "Return" on your keyboard or click the "Save" button to save.

FAQ

Are there rules about how we must enter information in the "Notes" fields?

You can enter information in the "notes" fields in whatever format is most efficient for you. There's no real standard; just try to keep everything as clear and comprehensible as possible for you, your readers, and your proof-listeners. The use of colour has become wide-spread; we have included bits of code above which you can use. It's not hard. However, this is not a requirement.

What do I do if I have a work which is divided into several "books", each with subdivisions, e.g. "Book Two, Chapter Four, Part Three"?

When you first enter the project, total up how many files you will have. Enter this number in the "Number of Sections" field (this usually corresponds to the eventual "track number"). Then type out the names of all the sections into the "Title" fields so your readers know exactly what sections they're signing up for (see 3.1 above).

Can I see a list of all the projects I'm working on?

Yup! Click the "View All My Projects" link in the upper-right corner of the admin page.

(Have a question? Need clarification? Think something should be added to this page? Found a bug in the system? Have a feature request? Send a PM to your MC!)