Help people understand that they have to read the project instructions for EACH indexing project?
I'm currently helping a sweet lady in Indexing Chat who is new to indexing. I was explaining to her that in the project she's working on, the project instructions say we are allowed to index information from a previous or subsequent image in order to complete the record, even though that is not a usual instruction for most projects.
She then asked me how she could tell which projects allowed this, and I realized that she likely didn't understand that project instructions are unique to each project, and each project has different indexing rules and guidelines. And if she didn't know this, how many other new indexers also don't realize this until they've sent in dozens or even hundreds of erroneous batches? Or never realize it at all?
I know it's completely impossible to somehow ensure that everybody will always read the project instructions. But I'm wondering if there is at least some way to help brand-new indexers understand that a) reading the project instructions is important but also b) the project instructions are different for each project and must be read thoroughly upon starting every new project in order to index the project correctly.
Even something as simple as a pop-up window on a person's first-ever batch would probably help a lot of people with this very basic and vital, but apparently somewhat misunderstood, concept.
We human indexing helpers are doing all we can to teach newbies the basics of indexing, but with so many people deciding to try to learn indexing on their own, and then coming to Indexing Chat when they finally realize they may have messed up their first hundred batches, I think they should get as much in-system training as possible.