FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 8 November 2012

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Introduce new members

  • Mike Kehoe - Research assistance team

Kudos go to ... 

  • Nathan Murphy for Blog and newsletter article

Updates and follow up


  • Check the Blog for new articles about the Wiki

New Agenda Items

  • A good discussion was held regarding a Beginners Corner for state pages, with England as an example.  We discussed the placement of that information and the box with links for digital collections.  It is understood that we need to make the Wiki user friendly and helpful to Beginners.  
  • We also noted a video in the Learning Center on with a case study that shows the value of Wiki for individual research. 

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

  • English Parish pages; where should gazetteer references be placed? "... has introduced the issue of spelling variation of the village name when an explanation was already provided and the discussion page... I feel there should at least be a discussion about the style of presentation...."
  • After a time of not hearing from the author who added the information, the page could be changed by the contributor with the question about where the information was added.  Steve Cottrell will contact the Forums contributor.
  • Naming practices "creating province pages for Spain. I originally named the pages "Spain Province of [name of province]". Someone later went in and changed the title giving the reason of "remove political subdivision from page name." I need some clarification on this.
  • After discussion, it appears that the name could be shortened to just the name of the province.  She should try to find someone who is from Spain or is an expert on Spain, to see how it would be addressed in Spain.  Check Wikipedia for naming conventions in Spain.

Comments added since last week

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

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.