FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 30 August 2012

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Introduce new members

Kudos go to ...

  • Ken Knight, for his work on the Wiki Support Team.  Best Wishes to him as he leaves for a full-time mission to Washington, DC

Updates and follow up

  • 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)
  • This item was discussed and the general consensus was that it is a good idea.  We need more ways of making it easier for beginners.
  • There is a  good example of this kind of idea on the England page, but it doesn't have images.
  • Wilma will have the Utah team come up with a sandbox page

Discuss next week - concerning testing

  • Regarding the Donations article and process, Nathan will check on Wiki articles being donated after being put in pdf form. Any report on this item?
  • Still awaiting reply. I'll follow-up on this. Murphynw 23:23, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
    • 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."
  • Philadelphia, PA is an example of a link to several books, rather having several links to each book (WeRelate).
  • There are different styles - giving a source, as opposed to the reference information. Quotes in the body of the document would have the souce in the footnote.
  • We need to present sufficient information to guide them to the title, etc. and then to further links for citing, etc. (endnote) The text should make the reader want to find more information on the topic, without giving too much information to muddy the waters (include the date information).
  • More discussion is needed before we change the style guide.


New Agenda Items

  • Demo (?): I'd enjoy telling the group how we're announcing which family history books are being digitized by FamilySearch each month. It's a great place to find resources to list on the Wiki! Murphynw 23:24, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Nathan will be posting lists of newly digitized books on the FS Blog, with links.
  • There are about 1,000 books being digitized per month.
  • There could be a Wiki page explaining the location of the books, with links.

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