FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 22 May 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 ...

  • Michael McCormick has a great user page.  Terrific example.
  • Lise Embley - for all her contributions to the Wiki.

Updates and follow up

  • Linkpendium discussion from last week - Nathan was going to write up something about links to this site and others like it. (Linkpendium page has been created)
  • Has there been approach made to Linkpendium regarding their 1,000 edit limit? (Nathan or Danielle?)
  • More discussion regarding "ethical" versus "legal"?


  • Reporting on WikiProjects - is the "WikiProject" category added to all pages that are part of that WikiProject? If so, we can develop reporting around that. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 17:19, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Statistical reporting on changes on a project 
  • When pages are set up in a project, do all the pages in the project get categorized under the "WikiProject" category?
  • Would statistical reporting be useful?  Traffic to the pages would be valuable.
  • Promotional ideas for projects - universal message on Wiki, Blogs, Facebook
  • NY project will be promoted in the near future - waiting on completion of 1940 census.

Moderators and Adopters

Style Guide Discussions

  • Mentioning and linking to other web sites - ideas, challenges, best practices.  Lembley 16:46, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Example: Macon County, Illinois page
  • It would be nice to have a uniform way of showing where the external link comes from (at) (on) before the name of the site, for instance.
  • "Courtesy" should only be used unless the site has given permission.
  • Make multiple links easily read - good example, Beaver County, Utah page (newspapers)
  • Using commas for separation
  • Visual clues to what's on the site that's being linked to - Font, wingdings is a possibility.  Would we need to set up as a style guide for consistency.
  • Should we distinguish sites that are free?  Perhaps a $ in a circle with a line through it?  Not a universal sign for British, etc.  Will someone volunteer to find a universal symbol for pay or free that would be recongnizable?  
  • Would words "pay" and "free" be the best?
  • Style guide should be updated to reflect this conversation - who?  (Lise?)

Project Help Requests

Need help with your project? See a project that needs to be done? Add it here:
  • Barn raising when there's a new project - have one task that a person could do.  If even 10 people had one task, it would get the project off to a good start.
  • People would be willing to help if given an assignment with good instructions.
  • "Project task force"
  • Utah project has a page with "things to do"
  • Jane has created generic pages that can be used as a template for a new project and they will be added to the Wiki, under Templates.
  • Link to these from the project if needed and from the Projects page.

Training Requests

Improve the Wiki

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

  • No activity in forums this past weekAdkinsWH 16:43, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Comments added since last week

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.