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FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting Agenda 11 January 2011

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Purpose of the meeting

  • To forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • To discuss content, community, best practices, current issues, and strategy.

Agenda[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to ...[edit | edit source]

JanellV for making the summary of qualifications of moderators and adopters.

Announcements[edit | edit source]

The Wiki Contributors Corner forum is being tested for ways to to bring your discussions and ideas and put them into practice. Be part of the solution! Make your opinions known! Post comments to an existing thread or start a new discussion.

Current forum threads of interest: Lists of people has pointed out the need to update or clarify the policies, as well as linking to a page with ideas where and how people can publish or contribute their collections.

Does anyone know someone who would enjoy taking bullet-point notes from this meeting?

  • It really helped to have the notes (thanks Lise!)
  • But it takes the person away from the conversation.
  • We who attend can help the person by calling out the items that should be bulleted while they get comfortable with doing it.

Discussion Items[edit | edit source]

Notice the announcements.

Discussion 1: How many contributors' meetings are needed?

Forum thread about the meetings:Weekly Meeting for Contributors - how to format? 

What day and time works?

  • Tuesdays 1-2
  • Wednesdays 10-11 or 11-12
  • Thursdays 1-2

Discussion 2: Page adoption Summary by JanellV of forum thread Qualifications of adopters and moderators
Intent: As a moderator or adopter, your goal is to bring the community together to make your pages as valuable and complete in the subject matter as possible. You must be able and willing to communicate and work together with many individuals. A "my way or the highway" attitude does not work well within a wiki.

Behavior on other sites: [Not sure how we could come to evaluate this one.]

Expertise within the subject area: You must have some experience in the subject matter of the pages you would like to adopt/moderate.

Responsibilities of adopters: [this is also being discussed in a different thread and pulls some from that discussion]

  • Remain active in genealogy and family history
  • Recruit and train contributors to help populate the pages you adopt
  • Be committed to publishing accurate information
  • Have an interest in helping others

Responsibilities of moderators:

  • Remain active in genealogy and family history
  • Review the changes made in the pages you moderate to ensure accuracy
  • Be willing to communicate with those who contribute to articles you moderate in a kind way to help the community grow
  • Have an interest in helping others

Forum threads about page adoption:
Adoption sign options
Relative Stewardship of moderators and adopters
Identifying a page adopter or moderator
Encouraging user participation on adopted pages
Multiple adopters of a page
Should we have separate forums (and meetings) for Moderators and adopters?
Recognition: moderators, adopters, contibutors
Limit number of pages for moderators or adopters?

Minutes/Notes[edit | edit source]

Suggestions of where to post lists of names and then link them to the Wiki:, or

To do: add these to the Forum thread and start the page in the Wiki about this, with the link from the policy and Help:Biographies pages

Discussion and Comments
This meeting:

  • Tuesdays appear to be the best day
  • A comment was made that weekly meetings may be too often (for adopters new users)
  • A type of training meeting is good for those getting started.
  • A show and tell feature, such as what has been done for Idaho, may prove extremely helpful for the Adopters and contributors
  • What we can do for some projects, how they are run etc.
  • Coming up with checklist. Does Wiki have any of this?
To do: Enhance the page(s) in the Wiki with suggestions for content, especially on the county or local level.
  • E-mail a monthly newsletter with tips and tricks?
To do: Discuss on forum thread, in this meeting, or get a team to plan content that would be very interesting to most contributors.
  • Input or help on a page you are working on
  • This way everybody can learn together
  • We still need to comment about the meeting in the forum thread so we can get what we really want out of this meeting

Adopters and moderators roles:

  • A summary of adopter and moderators has been made on the Forum post

Differentiate between adopter and moderators

  • Adopters are a group of people who are already interested. Program began in August 2010
  • Moderators are individuals who appear as content experts:
  • They review the content so they will have a large Watch list
  • They moderate any ideas or discussion and encourage people to join in

Numerous Unwatched Pages

  • Comment about watched pages, that you get an email when changes are made. If you but don’t respond while you are signed in, then you will not be notified about that watched page in the future. [Does it actually remove the watch, or just not notify?]
  • Making Community decisions: Who makes the decision? We can do something to make it relevant in the future. Where is this documented?

Making Community decisions: We've got to have a way to bring these to conclusion so they get implemented and the Wiki updated appropriately.

  • We don’t know who is supposed to be making a decision. Some are policies so FamilySearch would have to do those. It's not always clear who is supposed to make the decision.
  • The Community makes the decision. If it goes against the policy or if it goes against the wishes of the majority of the community, they let us know.
  • Forum thread will point to where a decision has been implented in the Wiki

Be bold! Post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to cover during the meeting. If your item requires details or feedback, post some details on the discussion page and link to the discussion from the agenda.