FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 26 July 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

  • Discussion regarding how to mark paid sites.  Lee has created a couple universal graphics.
  • The $ sign won the vote for a general consensus.  We will watch for any complaints.
  • Did we reach any consensus on the citation placement issue?  Forums discussion


  • Would some screening be required?  Would they need to be registered with FamilySearch?  
  • Liability issues need to be addressed
  • Great article on the Wiki, referring to it as a Goldmine.  (Just an informational thing)

New Agenda Items

  • We would like to publish a Wiki newsletter that would go to contributors, etc.  We would love to get your ideas for subjects that could be included.  Would the FHL like to contribute information on any of their projects?  Would any of you like to write a short article that could be included.  Also, do you think once a month is too often, or would every other month be a better schedule?averyld 20:28, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Once a month - depending on length - brings into notice more often
  • Will we be able to get enough articles for once a month? - Could feature an article and a tip for using the Wiki- pull back on that if we have a lot of news.
  • Send to libraries that do a lot of genealogical research - Allentown, and county libraries - PDF style? Consider if it goes over well with Wiki users. 
  • Could it be a blog?  Would encourage feedback and discussion.  Would a library use a blog?  Could you include the PDF?  Would they need a hard copy to post on bulletin board, etc.  Query - would this be of interest to you and how would you like it delivered?
  • Information about current projects
  • Write new articles that might be significant and of use to public
  • Feature contributor and tell what they like to do in the wiki
  • Training video's, success stories
  • WikiHow shows how many contributions have been made by contributors - showcase a contributor who has made significant contributions
  • Question and answer section - that could be answered in the next issue
  • May be read more widely if attached to email in PDF form
  • If anyone wants to protect a page, there should be an "intent" statement to promote discussion.  
  • If a page is protected, there should be a statement for why it's being done.
  • Moderators can change protection levels, unless being protected at admin level only
  • Discuss in tech meeting
  • Discuss the Kent Workhouse HRC thread: Do we really want to ignore these people? Much goodwill has been lost, yet they keep trying. Suggestions? (and I'm not a British researcher!) AdkinsWH 03:35, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Dorothy Horan has been communicating with these people in Forums. She has answered this question in Forums and on the Discussion page 

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

  • Status of the Wiki today New Sign-in Option -- two weeks. Keep from getting kicked out.
  • Kent Workhouse Records- a proposed Historical Records online collection From a parish clerk: If the invitation to contribute is to mean anything surely FamilySearch could identify the contents by locality of this collection? The existing page was formed using a basic template; the comments left indicate the weakness of this approach. Could this page please be revised as a matter of urgency in order that any former, existing or future contributor with local knowledge of the records might contribute. The page as it stands is of no information to anyone researching workhouse history in the county. I note the months that have elapsed since requests were made by a number of contributors.
  • Proposal to Remove Article "How to Create Source Citations for ..."

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. Possible topics include:
  • Moderator and Adopters
  • Style Guide Discussions
  • Project Help Requests
  • Training Requests
  • Improve the Wiki