FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 10 Apr 2012

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

MeetingPlace ID: 0000; Join the meeting; Dial-in number: 877-453-7266  1 p.m. Mountain time on Tuesdays

  • You can join up to 10 minutes early. If you try to join the meeting at any other time, you will get an error that the meeting doesn't exist.
  • Prior to joining the meeting for the first time, run the MeetingPlace Test to verify that you can participate in a web meeting.

Purpose of the meeting

Improve the Wiki

  • Forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • Share best practices, ideas, and content.
  • Discuss current issues, community matters, and strategies.
  • Move issues to decision.

Introduce new members

  • Benjamin Fuller here for Historical Records

Kudos go to ...

  • Sandra Pond for work on categories

Updates and follow up

  • Consider change to "Community" label for the menu on the right - what do you think about "Editing in the Wiki"? Other ideas? -- janellv (talk| contribs) 18:34, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Suggestion: Working in the Wiki; Contributors' Community; Things to do; Wiki Workers; Wiki Writers;Community Volunteers; Wiki Neighborhood
  • Vote next week - talk to researchers this week and ask what they would expect to see when  looking for help
  • We need to vote on this one today.
  • Vote results -
  • Results and suggestions should go to the Useability team for input on what people will be searching for - Janell will talk to Tyson and Blair Keddington
  • Building the Wiki - 10 votes out of 14
  • Widgets - update - Jane and anyone else involved with this one
  • Wiki page - FamilySearch Wiki Widget
  • Namespace needs to be changed
  • Discussion ensued regarding using "Research Wiki" on the page or just "FamilySearch Wiki".
  • Style Guide should reflect common words used in Research (SCO) - Lise is getting some information.


Moderators and Adopters

First meeting of the month focus

  • Discussion about implementing duties from Forums.
  • Message that went to Moderators - if it offended anyone, we apologize.

Style Guide Discussions

Project Help Requests

Need help with your project? See a project that needs to be done? Add it here:

Training Requests

Improve the Wiki

  • State topics Blitz. You may have noticed that many state topics pages are being edited. The 1940 Census landing pages are advertizing U.S. state topic Wiki pages (example: California (see right side bar "California Research Topics" and "FamilySearch Wiki Articles"). This could be very good and give the Wiki lots of exposure!
Staff at the Family History Library are frantically (we weren't forewarned this was coming :) ) trying to make sure all these pages are presentable. Things we're trying to fix include: (1) dead links, (2) outdated information, (3) reducing oversized images, and (4) repairing reference errors. Volunteers are welcome to help. To sign up for a state to work on, visit State Pages Blitz Progress Chart on Google Docs. Contact me if you have any questions: Danielle Batson.

Given the above, should the page for Hamilton County Ohio here look like this? Has all the resources as clickable anchor links to a second page with those. If so, it isn't as clear as it should be I think that you go to another page for the categories, which are clickable headers.

Forums Overview

Be part of the solution! Make your opinions known! Post comments to an existing thread or start a new discussion at Wiki Contributors Corner forum.
Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week

Comments added since last week

  • Kent History and Library Centre "With the closure of the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and the Centre for Kentish Studies Maidstone during relocation to the Kent History and Library Centre it would be helpful if those managing future/intended publication of the various collections would provide an "up front" statement about the microfilm history and the location of the records from which the online image collections for Kent are derived."
  • We need a way to work with the British community.  We are working toward connecting with a liason and getting a Moderator in place.  Invite them to come to this meeting.  Could we set up a community meeting like this with them and have people who are heavily involved with the British research attend.  Get the Brits involved in the discussions.

Decisions made since last week

Be bold! Post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting. If your item requires details or feedback, post them on the discussion page and link to them from the agenda.