FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 13 September 2012

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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

Kudos go to ... 

  • Lee, James, Fran, and Dick Eastman for helping to get the word out about the new FamilySearch digital book reports! Here's a link to another report (July 2012). Murphynw 16:05, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Updates and follow up

  • Poll for proposal regarding Guidelines in Wiki for policy changes  New poll has been posted.
  • Could you see on a state or country page, at or near the top, something like "The 3 most important things to know about researching in Kentucky" with a format underneath similar to how wikiHow does their steps? -- janellv (talk| contribs) 16:26, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Update: - Jana Stokes is working on this, and has made great progress.  Check the pages she's working on. Sandbox/Utah - See an example of a way to organize a beginners section
  • Has the 3 images - parents, birth, and marriage
  • Discussed adding death, maybe combining parents/birth
  • References in the wiki "the question really isn't about whether to use footnote or endnote styles, but rather how to display information so that readers can most effectively glean it."
  • We deferred this discussion until next week


  • Survey for new home page
  • We would like to have people from all spectrums take the survey.  Example 2 has some bad links  that will be fixed tomorrow, probably.  
  • If we can sit with people as they take the survey, it's helpful to get their comments.
  • Professional Genealogists in the Wiki
  • Discussed reasoning behind the pages, guidelines, etc. Had lots of questions about the processes and guidelines. See recording.

New Agenda Items

  • Check out the recording of the Researching in the Wiki class that Jan Edwards taught in Meetingplace.  She did a great job and pointed out items that are in the Wiki that many of us have probably overlooked.  Go to Meetingplace and look for past meetings for 2323, on Sept. 6th at 6:00 PM.  (It might have been listed as 5:45).

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