The Hall of Scavengers | The Top Scavengers
There was a thought, a rather clever thought, that the 'Hall of Scavengers' should come into being in order to not only show off the writing talents of various h2g2 Researchers, but also to see how the Flea Market has been used in the past. It may also help to inspire others into becoming a Scavenger themselves, and help lost and lonely little Entries into the Edited Guide. In fact, Scavengers scour the whole of h2g2 on the look out for any Entry that looks like it needs to be nurtured, and are encouraged to submit them into the Flea Market too, so one day it might appear in all its glory on the h2g2 Front Page as a part of the Edited Guide.
So, welcome to the Hall of Scavengers - or to be more officious, the h2g2 Scavengers' Home Page. Scavengers is just the name given to Researchers on h2g2 who rescue Entries from the Flea Market (or the wider Guide), and then give them a bit of a spruce up (either with just a little bit of editing, or a massive rewriting) so that the said Entries can then be included in the Edited Guide.
And those Scavengers with five or more to their name get to join the list of Top Scavengers,
and the honoured Official Scavenger badge on their Personal Space too!
For details of all our volunteer schemes, check out the volunteers page.
The Roll of HonourAt present, the Hall of Scavengers has recognised 316 Scavenged Entries, or 'Flea Market Rescues', including 221 by those who have earned Scavenger badges!
Herge's Adventures of Tintin by Otto Fisch
Original: Characters from the Adventures of Tintin by WeS
The original high quality Entry was submitted to the Writing Workshop, and the author subsequently left h2g2. The scavenged version includes all of the original, but also talks about many other aspects of Tintin, so it's very comprehensive.
The Truth about the Wild West by Dancer
Original: The Wild West by Jefferson
The original clearly had a lot of potential. It was changed to GuideML and tidied up around the edges. These small changes, along with a nice little graphic, make it very elegant.
Valid and Invalid Arguments by GTBacchus
Original: Truth and Validity by Lost Vagrant
Here's an Entry that took almost nothing from the original, save inspiration. That's part of the Flea Market's purpose too, don't forget.
How to Play 'Chinese Whispers' by caper_plip
Original: Chinese Whispers by The Doctor
Another case where the original Entry served an inspirational role rather than providing actual content.
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Album by Evil Zombie Strider
Original: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Researcher 154066
From a very brief discography and timeline, to a song by song account of this 'concept album'. You won't recognise the finished product.
'Field of Dreams' - the Film by Smij - Formerly Jimster
Original: Field of Dreams by Bright Blue Shorts
Twelve times larger than the original, but written with the same sense of affection. And an old Italic did the scavenging...
The National Road, USA by Jimi X
Original: National Road, USA by n_sani_t
Also expanded in size, the Edited version contains most of the content from the original, but goes into much more detail.
Indiana Jones - the Original Trilogy of Films by Mu Beta
Original: Indiana Jones Trilogy by Researcher 109491
"I technically did not rescue it out of the Flea Market because I bagsied it before they'd even got round to chucking it out of PR ..."
'The Tweenies' - the TV Programme by Mu Beta
Original: The Tweenies by thisissarah3842
Quite expanded from original.
A Guide to Using Search Engines by Oberon2001
Original: Search Engines by dpen2000
"Had to polish up bits already written and expand on areas which were barely covered in original."
Brian Blessed - Actor, Explorer and Author by Kerr_Avon
Original: Brian Blessed by Foque Ouite
"Style tidied up (the original was too chatty, IMO), separated into sections, and more on the man's early work and his acting style added. Made Editor's Choice."
Cigarette Papers by Kerr_Avon
Original: Cigerette Papers by Zarniroop (er.... I'll think of something amusing to put here soon!)
Spelling and grammar tidied up, plus new sections added.
Free Massively Multiplayer Online Games by Cyzaki
Original: Free Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming by Jalada
First person references removed, and general re-developing.
eBay by Cyzaki
Original: eBay by Earth Mother
Basically re-written, but a lot of the original material used.
Warren Ellis - Author of Comic Books by Geggs
Original: Warren Ellis, writer of comicbooks and other such items. by Flatscan
"A massive re-write. To be honest, the two entries bear little resemblence except the subject matter. I've been following Warren's work for quite a while (just over 10 years, I guess) so I had a lot of history to draw on. I did use some of Flatscan's work though, see if you can spot where! "
Google Games by Geggs
Original: Googlewhack by DMK
"The original Entry only covered Googlewhacking, but I expanded it to include other games that can be played on Google, and I got blobbed for the effort!"
Death's Head - A British Comics' Character by Geggs
Original: Death's Head - Freelance Peacekeeping Agent by Kelvin Green
Firefly - The TV series by Geggs
Original: Joss Whedon's Firefly by Brodnick
George Formby - the Entertainer by HappyDude
Original: George Formby by Beaker
Nice little bio, fleshed out and deserves more than an honourable mention - do read it.
Accessible Web Design by HappyDude
Original: Accessible Web Design by An intrepid Baha'i researcher
Short but sweet, just needed some basic formatting and some GuideML tweaking to become a useful little Entry.
The Structure of an Essay by Elentari
Original: The Structure of an Essay by Indefatigable
"Didn't need to much doing, I trimmed some bits, added sections and odd bits suggested by other Researchers."
The Eastern Newt by Mort
Original: RED SPOTTED NEWTS by Mat of the Game
A whole new Entry really.
The Wonder of the Human Ear by Mort
Original: The Human Ear by Lifeseeker
Just a bit of a touch up on the original - a group effort really.
Psittacosis, aka Parrot Fever by Mort
Original: Psittacosis by Mycroft
How To Complain by Skankyrich [?]
Original: How To Complain by Z and Yan
Tidied up with hardly any complaints!
Photographic Metering by Skankyrich [?]
Original: Photographic Metering by Ian
Snappy Entry that just needed a little focussing and brief exposure in PR.
Scrapbooking Basics by Skankyrich [?] & swl
Original: Scrapbooking Essentials by bushy-tailedCarol
A pastiche of ideas that just needed arranging and gluing into place.
Crepes Suzette by Wilma Neanderthal
Original: Crepes - Finest in French Cuisine by **katelyn**
A single recipe brings about a monster of an Entry that covers everything imaginable about the humble crepe suzette!
The Steak and Ale Pie by Wilma Neanderthal
Original: Steak and Ale Pie by Andrew Gadgetman (32826)
A brief little gastronomic delight experienced by a Researcher is turned into a very entertaining read about pie - who'd have thought it!
Isaac Asimov by h5ringer
Original: Isaac Asimov by Fragilis - h2g2 Cured My Tabular Obsession
The original was left by an elvised Researcher, and the end result is what rescuing is all about. A comprehensive but casual read about one of the sci-fi greats.
Frank Patrick Herbert Jr - Author by h5ringer
Original: Man of the Dunes: Frank Patrick Herbert Jr. by Tamrhind
Again, another sci-fi great is brought to life when reading. The original Entry was good, but with some tweaking and a personal touch, a polished rescue.
Escaping the Average Small Town in the North of the Netherlands by h5ringer
Original: Escaping the average small town in the north of the Netherlands by broekie_1987
An Entry that needed to be put into the Edited Guide, and done with aplomb.
Ayrton Senna - Racing Legend by lil - Auntie Giggles
Original: Ayrton Senna by Researcher 154066
The first in two Entries on a racing legend, the rescuer developed the two from the Flea Market for their first ever Edited Entries!
Ayrton Senna - The Formula 1 Years by lil - Auntie Giggles
Original: Ayrton Senna by Researcher 154066
Part Two of the Ayrton Senna Entries.
The 'Big Five' Accountancy Firms by Icy North
Original: The Big Five Accountancy Firms by Tenaka
A start that had promise, and the rescue became an interesting little insight into accountancy - a difficult thing to do some would say!
Tank Tops by Icy North
Original: Tank Tops by Learning to love our Randy leader
Tanks for the memories...
Lake Garda, Italy by Icy North
Original: Lake Garda - Italy by Vestboy
A long time waiting, but got there in the end!
How to Survive a Plane Crash by Badger, of the New World (and others)
Original: How to Survive a Plane Crash by The Fish (and others)
A very collaborative rescue that ended up with a great Entry, and Editor's Choice.
Memory by Witty Ditty
Original: Memory by Fnord
A very short start, taken and given a proper hootoo over by the rescuer.
Corsica by Old Uncle Zarniwoop
Original: Corsica by .
The original author left it for the Flea Market, and with a little work it went into the Edited Guide.
Marimbas by .
Original: Marimba by Perfectly Ordinary Beast
An interesting Entry on a vaguely unheard of instrument, taken from the Flea Market and given the hootoo treatment.
The Index Finger by Emmily
Original: The Index finger by The Lemon Tea-strainer
Not just used for picking, the original was a good start but the rescuer has perhaps given us all we need to know!
Shaking Hands by Emmily
Original: Shaking Hands by Triv
The amusing original was expanded, and it kept its flavour with an apt pic!
The Sharpe Novels by Bernard Cornwell by Emmily
Original: Sharpe - The Novels by Waylander101
Fans worked together to bring the Sharpe books into the Edited Guide.
String Quartets by echomikeromeo
Original: String Quartets by White Hole (Write a Haiku!)
Musical little start, the rescue made Editor's Choice with a lovely 'blob'.
King Leopold II and the Belgian Congo by echomikeromeo
Original: King Leopold II and the Belgian Congo by Twophlag Gargleblap - NWO NOW
A great essay on a great subject, the rescuer cleaned it up to be 'EG ready', and is a fine read.
Gaius Caligula - Roman Emperor (12 - 41 AD) by echomikeromeo
Original: Gaius Ceasar Germanicus (aka Caligula) by theenglishman101
The Art of Eating Toast by Leo
Original: The Joy of Eating Toast by bourne106
Buttered both sides...
A Beginner's Guide to Mean, Median and Mode by spook
Original: Beginners Guide to Mean, Mode and Median by dpen2000
Marshmallow Peeps - a Seasonal Sweet by Gosho
Original: Marshmallows Peeps by Pi
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) by Vip
Original: The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) by watchaharry
Ealing, London, UK by Vip
Original: Ealing by ssbookworm12488
Tycho Brahe, Astronomer by Rockhound
Original: Tycho de Brahe - How the truth can be stranger than fiction by Portable Chaos
Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany by Inkwash
Original: Konstanz am Bodensee by Mr Black
Theatre Improvisation by Aximili
Original: Theatre comedy improvisation by EndangeredSpecies
Eddie Van Halen - Guitarist by the_jon_m - bluesman of the parish
Original: Edward Van Halen by voxwah0
The Cuyahoga River, Ohio, USA by Scandrea
Original: Cuyahoga River by Andrew Wyld
Satellite and Digital Radio in North America by Rains
Original: Satellite Radio by TheGreatZarquon
How to Shop for an Action Figure by Wyatt
Original: How to Purchase an Action Figure by Cosmo
How to Avoid People You Don't Like by Wyatt
Original: How to avoid people you don't like by smith-ee
Teotihuacan, Mexico by Cardi
Original: Teotihuacan by The Frood
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' - the Book by PhantomObserver
Original: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Lateral Blinking
Kath and Kim - The TV Series by DrMatt
Original: Kath and Kim by Daravak
How to Draw a Pentagram by Gnomon
Original: How to Draw a Regular Pentagram by Fire Bat & Florida Sailor
The Ancient Olympic Games by Gnomon
Original: The Ancient Olympics by Ozzywiz
Icelandic Cuisine: Myths Exposed by Jayne Austin
Original: Icelandic Cuisine by Rassgathole
The Works of Terry Pratchett by scrumph
Original: The Works Of Terry Pratchett by McSnaga
Polari - the Secret Language by kelli
Original: Polari - British gay slang by Hannah
Green Day - the Band: From the Beginning to 'American Idiot' by Brown Eyed Girl
Original: Green Day: a rough guide by Poncho
The Electric Mountain - Dinorwig, Gwynedd, UK by Dolt
Original: The Electric Mountain, Dinorwig UK by Jaziniho ( Tom Green )
Post-it Notes by Sho
Original: An Idea Worthy of a Post-it Note by ENeerg - aka Whomever
Liechtenstein by boredlaura
Original: Lichtenstein by Garstan_De_Faw
New York State Fair by Noth€r
Original: New York State Fair by Researcher 194995
The Rochdale Pioneers by Researcher 177704
Original: The Rochdale Pioneers by theWesleyan
The Quadratic Formula by Jhawkesbury
Original: The Quadratic Formula by Beeblebrox
The Evolution of the Frisbee by vogonpoet
Original: Frisbee by Cracka
Enlisted Ranks of the US Air Force by Nosebagbadger
Original: Enlisted Ranks of the US Air Force by Akaron Etruit
Some Cold, Hard Facts About Ice by Nosebagbadger
Original: Ice by Ice Sage
Volleyball et al by Nosebagbadger
Original: Volleyball (Draft) by Bright Blue Shorts
Rubber Bands - Behold The Power by Kameatrix
Original: Rubber Bands, a Hitchhiker's 2nd Best Friend by Darren Baldwin
Reading the Tarot by Serephina
Original: Tarot Spreads by Delkarnu of House Drakonis
Pidgins and Creoles by Silly Willy
Original: Pidgins & Creoles by Joha_Ai
Yate, South Gloucestershire, UK by joegan
Originals: Yate, South Gloucestershire by Researcher 189945 & Yate, Bristol, U.K by never_blink
Memory Stories: A Revision Aid by MiniMy
Original: How to learn facts in a few days by TBC
Raffles Institution, Singapore by MiniMy
Original: Raffles Institution by Ryan D Lim
First Steps to Survival in an Inflatable Liferaft by Milos (with Whisky)
Original: Initial actions to take on abandoning ship in an inflatable liferaft by EsmondMillion
Choosing the Best Mobility Scooter for You by KB
Original: How to choose the best Mobility Scooter by StBarbarella
The Great Divorce - A Novel by CS Lewis by Bookmouse
Original: CS Lewis - The Great Divorce by Pilgrim4Truth
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) by Ekaterin & xyroth
Original: IRC - what is it? by Realistic Dragon
Angband - the Computer Game by Ekaterin
Original: Angband - The Computer Game by Zathras
Charm by Pheroneous II
Original: Charm by Pheroneous
Tiwanaku - Pre-Inca Metropolis by Tavaron da Quirm
Original: Tiahuanaco by dihybrid
Model Railways: Scenery by Tavaron da Quirm - with Bluebottle
Original: Model Railways (under construction - about 85% complete) by Skinnylinny
Guitar Hero - the Console Games by Magwitch & SashaQ
Original: Guitar Hero by RetroHolo
A Beginner's Guide to Curry by h2g2 Guide Editors
Original: Curry, A Beginner's Guide by Global Village Idiot
To see the many other Scavenged Entries, have a browse through those done by the Top Scavengers.
If you wish to join the ranks of people who have Scavenged an entry, why not browse through all the Flea Market and see if entries there interest you?
If you know of any Entries that have been missed, just post the Edited Entry A-number with the author's U-number - along with the original Entry A-number and the original author's U-number (yes, all that please!) to this conversation thread below, and they'll be added forthwith.
To learn more about the Flea Market and Hall of Scavengers, why not see The Post's Flea Market Archive?
(P.S:KerrAvon will shortly take over maintenance of this page, pending Mina's transfer of editing rights. But even when it's Kerr's page, it'll still have been my genius that conceived the idea. Mine, ya hear! - from Martin)
(P.P.S: I have now taken over, and while it may have been Martin's - ahem - genius that came up with the idea, it's my hard graft that keeps the damn thing running, now he's got bored of it, okay? - from KerrAvon)
(P.S.S.T: I've taken over the Hall of Scavengers in an attempt to revitalise it. The group has become Official, with the Scavengers listed amongst the h2g2 volunteers. - from Matt)
(P.P.P.P.S. My turn! My turn! I've taken over for a bit and aim to decrease the number of entries in the Flea Market while increasing the number of Flea Market Rescues. - from Bluebottle)