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Thanks for this question! I really appreciate you wanting to leave information to help your fellow volunteers and we Community Managers. The best way to label these items as you suggest is through tagging. As a Community Manager, I'm interested to know how many images are of a quality that makes them difficult to transcribe, and as you say there may be another volunteer out there who wants the challenge of these items. If you do decide to start tagging these items suggest using "Faint Doc" -- putting that stake it the ground now so that other volunteers who wish to do the same can join in! It would also be fantastic to start a thread here on History Hub linking to those documents as you find/tag them!
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Thanks, and will do! I just added my first "Faint Doc" tag for this document from the William Oland Bourne Papers: https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/civil-war-soldiers-disabled-but-not-disheartened/left-hand-penmanship-contest/mss1337500…
I have done a 'snip' (screen shot) of faint passages and uploaded to a photo editing program (mine is a free one, so easy to use). Then I played with the contrast and even reversed the writing so that it appears white on a black background. I usually end up with some at least more readable with the software. If I absolutely cannot adjust the original scan so that it can be read, I use the [illegible] notation.