FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 14 Feb 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 ...

Updates and follow up

  • Widget for Wiki - any progress? (Nathan)


  • When we add the extension that makes the Talk pages much easier to use, can/should the talk pages be used for those who are researching in those areas to talk to each other? That duplicates the forums in some ways. Is that good or bad?
  • Bad to have multiple places for people to go to.
  • Good to give a specific place for questions rather than all of England, can go to the parish page
  • We need to start interlinking more - post wiki links on forums, post video links on wiki, post forum link on talk pages, etc.
  • In the past people have posted info about specific individuals - the wiki is not for that, for individuals, and where is the line if we start talking about questions about research?
  • Discussion about making it easier for people to find information, add things - how do we make the wiki more user friendly in the beginning?
  • is a great example of how a community has made a "maintenance" page more user friendly

Style Guide Discussions

  • How much detail is necessary for grammar and punctuation?  It seems to me that our style guide is currently very heavy in non-wiki-specific details? Lise 20:26, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Current detail is heavy on punctuation, grammar, etc. Is this really necessary?
  • How do we present material for the overall look of the page?
  • How do we use the Style guide page?
  • Does the page need to be reorganized with the most important information for new contributors at the top?
  • Have the "meat" of the article on the page and then have links to detail pages, such as grammar, etc.
  • We need a link from edit mode to Manual of Style. Could it be added to information at bottom of page or added to Nav box on the side? Would people use the page more often if it were easier to access when editing?

Project Help Requests

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Training Requests

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Moderators and Adopters

Forums Overview

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Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week

Comments added since last week

  • Status of the wiki today Session time outs fixed. The notification about a page being deleted says that the page is new. Engineering has been notified and will correct the problem.
  • England Census Kent is the perfect example of why we still recommend microfilm numbers even though some of the records are posted online. Kent recently enacted a 100 rule policy on online publication of images. In cases where ANY record on a film exceeds the 100 year cut-off, the entire film is restricted.
  • Link from Forums to the Wiki FS logo go back to, and that they will also add the other navigation links at the top too. There is no target date of when it will be done by, but it is in the plans.
  • Main page images are undocumented, calls copyright into question PLEASE, let's make a rule that allows ONLY properly source documented, and appropriately licensed images on the Main Page.

Decisions made since last week

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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.