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The Classic Goo monster in an h2g2 T shirtHello, and welcome to the first edition of Super Market, a new, occasionally monthly series in which you are kept up-to-date with all the news from h2g2's own Flea Market.

New articles in the Flea Market!

The Flea Market began 2013 with an exciting development, as 15 new articles were accepted as being worthy of being submitted into the Flea Market. As each article in the Flea Market is an opportunity to be rescued by a willing researcher, this development caused tremendous interest.

One of these 15 articles was instantly snapped up. A new version of Night by Pelegrhino was rescued by Florida Sailor as Night, and How to Cope with it, submitted to Peer Review and it has already been recommended by a scout for inclusion in the Edited Guide! We look forward to seeing it on the front page. This only goes to show how dynamic the Flea Market can be.

The remaining articles of this new batch that await a rescuer are:

Oldsmobile: The rise and fall of the 'Little Car That Could'Tonsil Revenge
Buddy Holly: Singer/Songwriter/Musician/ArtistTonsil Revenge
Guitar HeroRetroHolo
GAA - (The Gaelic Athletic Association)Batmankoff
Wartime Animation and the Warner Bros.Lt. Thrace
Money for Nothing: MTV, professionalism and supreme sillinessTonsil Revenge
Seaweed and seaweed harvesting.Bertie
A Beginner's Guide to Air TravelPelegrhino
Spider Bites And Various Types Of SpidersWhite Novo
Nails, their care and possible diseasesCard Lady, keeper...
Rickenbacker: The Guitar ManufactorCosmicdudeman
How To Build A Computer - By Andy Orchard, TechDeck-UKAndy
Inexpensive HousingTumsup
Grammar: If you're writing 'if', consider whether it should be 'whether' insteadkuzushi

If any of these articles are on subjects that interest You, then why not rescue them from obscurity?

Interview with a Scavenger

Seeing a list of the articles that need to be rescued is all well and good, but it is important to know how some of the rewards of rescuing articles from the Flea Market. Why do people do it? What do they gain?

This issue we begin by interviewing Galaxy Babe, one of the Top Scavengers with 8 Flea Market Rescues to date to her name:

  1. Taunton, Somerset, UK with additional help from Jonnyara
    Original:   Taunton, Somerset, UK by Number Six

  2. Saint Helens, Oregon, USA with additional help from pailaway
    Original:   Saint Helens, Oregon, United States by Bored in Hicktown

  3. Brass Instruments - Tuning and Harmonics
    Original:   Brass Instruments - Tuning and Harmonics by Jeremy

  4. The History of the Transit of Venus
    Original:   The Transit Of Venus - 1769 & 2004 - Gilbert White of Selborne by icicle_halo

  5. Coca-Cola - a Soft Drink with Other Uses
    Original:   Coca-Cola by razrtooth

  6. The Football Career of Diego Maradona
    Original:   Diego Armando Maradona by Gedge

  7. David Bowie - The Man Who Fell To Earth
    Original:   David Bowie in the Last Century by Rt. Hon. David F. Porteous,

  8. Nebulae - an Overview
    Original:   Nebula Nebula oh how I Love You by Samantha McFate

And now for our exclusive interview!

Bluebottle: What made you decide to rescue these?
Galaxy Babe: I beat everyone else to them.smiley - winkeye

Bluebottle: Many seem to be about your well-known love of astronomy, do you only rescue articles about subjects you know well?
Galaxy Babe: Not at all. I know nothing of human anatomy, chemistry, musical instruments...

Bluebottle: Two of your Flea Market rescues are about places. Have you been to both Taunton and Saint Helens?
Galaxy Babe: Nope, neither.

Bluebottle: Do you approach a Flea Market Rescue any differently to how you write an article from scratch - is it easier or more difficult?
Galaxy Babe: It depends on what you have to start with. I have seen FM rescues where the entire original entry was quoted as a blockquote by the rescuer, that worked for them as the rest of it was written up by the rescuer.

Bluebottle: How do you decide what to keep and what to edit, and how much of a right do you feel that you have in making decisions about the article?

Galaxy Babe:

So long as the facts are sound you can keep what you want of the original. I like to keep the flavour of what the original author had to say. As far as I'm concerned, the original has been voted into the Flea Market by other Scouts, therefore so long as you are polite and inform the original author on their PS that you are using their material towards a collaborate entry then there isn't a problem. Mostly they're not there to argue, having Elvised. But I have known prodigal Researchers appear and post in reply, usually if they've received an email that their work is on the Front Page of h2g2. They're usually chuffed to bits, I can only think of a couple of cases where someone's work was pulled due to their objections.

Bluebottle: Why did you rescue the articles you have, and would you recommend doing Flea Market rescues to other researchers?

Galaxy Babe:

I rescued those articles because they interested me. Even though with some of them I knew zilch about the subject, I announced this in Peer Review and I got a great deal of help from reviewers. Some Researchers helped me compile the articles before they were even submitted to PR. All you have to do is ask! The worst thing that can happen is to be told no, but there aren't many who say that. Even if someone hasn't got the time right now, they can usually suggest someone else who might be willing to help. And there's always "Ask H2G2" if you're a newbie. I'm always eager to learn and doing this [rescuing FM articles] is better than any lesson at school.

Flea Market Rescues in Peer Review

These are the articles being rescued from the Flea Market that are currently in Peer Review. Why not help by reviewing the new version of the article?

Article Being RescuedConversationRescuerOriginal
Atoms and Isotopes: Pre-university LevelPeer Reviewmikeyc0312Atoms and isotopes - A level Standard by nicki
The Millennium DomePeer ReviewBluebottleMillennium Dome by Isabelle
WallsPeer ReviewBluebottleWalls by Think-Am
The Sonic the Hedgehog Series and Spin-offs: 2000-2004Peer ReviewBluebottleThe Sonic The hedgehog series,spin offs and secrets by Jenny_Tablina

Articles about Things

Here is a selection of other articles remaining in the Flea Market and awaiting a rescuer. This month's theme is 'things', inspired by January's Create challenge.

Previous Post Flea Market Features

Of course, this is far from the first time the Flea Market has been featured in The Post. Why not look back and relive the excitement, joy and triumph of when the Scavengers Celebrate Reaching the 200 Mark.

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