And as if all that sort of stuff wasn't hard enough to follow at the best of times, the project people go out of their way to make it even harder to read by using emphasis on almost every other sentence, putting text in different font sizes or colours or both
It's as if every LibriVox recording started with a ten minute lecture on Public Domain laws complete with sound effects of fanfares and 21-gun salutes!and even hide some important bits away in a stupid little annoying window thing that has to be scrolled separately before you can find them.
Are there any special "newbie-friendly" projects that keep all the red-tape jargon stuff behind the scenes? (or at least pushed down to the thread's second or third post!)
Instead, the opening post could offer friendly, helpful plain-English advice like:
"Most of the sections are nice and short, but they have a lot of dialogue and would suit someone who's good at voices. Parts 5 and 7 have much less dialogue but they are longer."
"The first-person narrator of the short story in Section 4 is a Scotsman, so it would be nice if the reader has (or can do) a Scottish accent and knows how to pronounce Scottish place names."
And, of course, the other advantage of a special newbie group project is that we'd know none of our fellow readers are seasoned veterans so we don't have to worry about how our readings will compare with theirs.
How about it? Do you ever do newbie-friendly projects like that?