FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 9 August 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 ...

  • Jane Colmenares - all her contributions

Updates and follow up


New Agenda Items

Best practices discussion: does it make sense to list an organization's hours of operation when there is no automated mechanism to keep those updated?  It seems to me that it has the power to do more harm than good. This is particularly an issue with Family History Centers.  Directors already have multiple places to update if their hours change, and no one wants patrons to have the experience of driving somewhere only to find that place is closed.  My recommendation would be to provide a link to an organization's web site where hours are posted.  Other thoughts? Lise 17:13, 8 August 2012 (UTC)  

  • Family History Centers could link to the Locator page (directors are keeping it updated through CDOL, but there is limited space for events, notifications, etc.)  There is no way to link directly from the locator page to the Wiki.
  • Societies, libraries, etc. could link to their web site where hours are posted.
  • Template could be created that would notify patrons that they should check the hours listed by calling the center, etc. or go to their web site for current hours - could be added to FHC template
  • Lise - put this discussion on Forums, and discuss again next week.  (Thread is there now. "Posting Hours or other information that may change"  Please add your comments to the thread.)

Regarding discussion last week for protecting and unprotecting pages; see the sandbox for a proposed FamilySearch Wiki:Page Protection Policy page. Please place any comments on the talk page.  The following is a proposal for steps to be used when there is a proposed new policy or a change to an extising policy.

  • Policy Change Proposal
    1. New policy – write it up, put a policy proposal template on it and ask for input
    a. Possible ways to ask for input, community meeting, forums (required for forums) (Contributors Corner)
    b. Give it two weeks for feedback and the request that a forum moderator post it with a survey for acceptance
    c. Add a link from the talk page of the proposal and the proposed page itself, to the forum post (ContributorsCorner)
    d. Policy proposal template gets replaced with a policy template
    2. Existing policy – make amendments
    a. Submit a specific proposal for changes
    b. Post proposal to talk page and post to forums (required) (Contributors Corner)
    c. Add a link from the talk page of the proposal and the proposed page itself, to the forum post
    d. Policy proposal template gets replaced with a policy template 

  • Discussion could be held first but then steps should be followed.
    Could we make this a proposed policy and post to forums?  Yes and with Policy change template and Policy template links
  • Since a new page would probably be in a sandbox, the page would be moved, after approval, rather than a new page created and move all discussions, etc. with the page.  Archive the previous discussions.  
  • This proposal will be put on a sandbox page and we will follow the above steps to get it posted on the Forums.
  • Forums Overview
Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week


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