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Moderator Discussion[edit source]

Hi Janell - just saw your note about the discussion on the Moderator talk page - Great idea about using the forum for discussion. --Aberksan 12:15, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject to improve help content[edit source]

Just wanted to make you aware of a page that was create a while back to help track the improvement of the help content. I found the page linked to one of the basic help page, the overview maybe, and removed the link because the content on this page didn't apply. Anyway the page name is now FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Topics needed by new wiki contributors and you can take it from here. If the page is not needed, so ahead and delete it. If you can use it for something, feel free. --Fran 05:46, 10 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! janellv 02:49, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Tour  Changes[edit source]

Janell- I do like what your sandbox shows, help me understand the statement though "reword to take away the idea that you need help from communty members."

Because there is so much in the wiki, as an example when one gets on search and types 'youth' it brings up so much material I don't like to limit the wiki in saying "HOW TO..." because I am afraid searchers will not realize how much is there does that make sense? what about something more encompassing like

  • Learning and reaching out doing Family History

I don't think it should be called genealogy but rather family history  I think President Packer wants us to be consistent in Family History because it is so much more. what do you feel?

thanks for all you do,


Dawne, great question - I think you're referring to my comments on the Tour Discussion page? I think that the Tour page as it currently stands is all about "how to get help" rather than what the wiki is about. That gives users the idea that the wiki is so hard, you need help to use it. People shouldn't feel they need help just to use the wiki, though some will. So my thought is that we should mention how to get help, but not make that the central message of the page, if that makes sense?
Did you get a chance to look at the mock-up here? User:VasquezJL/Sandbox/Help:Tour
This went on a slightly different angle than my comments did; take a look at that page and see what you think, and feel free to edit! --janellv 23:22, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

User Pages Forum Thread[edit source]

Hi Janell,

I'd love to hear your thoughts about the importance of user pages!  Can you take a minute and add your thoughts on the Forum thread I've started?  Lise 02:16, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Back to you[edit source]

Janell, thank you for the kind words, and for the 4-tilda trick. You yourself are making amazing contributions for which smiles and thanks are due many times over. My recent input sticks out on the Forum because there is so little traffic there. I only learned of its existence more or less accidentally via a post last fall on the 'getsatisfaction' message board. Kind regards, Jade 18:57, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Thank you[edit source]

Hello there

Thank you for your help

--Utahnancy 19:17, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Question about an article
[edit source]

I want to start working in the maintenance and I read about this article  Talk:Greenwood County, South Carolinad

are we going to delete it? I agree it just doesn't follow along the path of the other articles in the way it's set up also you mentioned there is already a duplicate article. Please advise me as to what to do. Hey, I found the sites spell check, it's in the wikitext.

Thanks --Utahnancy 03:54, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for helping out! Yes, we will want to delete it - looks like it's already been done. To take care of it they added the {{delete}} template to the main page. So that's ok. Tell me, what kind of maintenance work would you like to do in the wiki? I just saw the other day that you had signed up to help, that is great! janellv 15:24, 15 July 2011 (UTC)


I was trying to figure out how to un-hide a category, there are some to be fixed. I read the instructions but it's not clear to me.

Thank you

--Utahnancy 02:13, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Which category do you want to unhide? Most of the maintenance categories are hidden on purpose, and we want them to be, because they don't relate to doing genealogy research. I'll go see what the instructions say. janellv 17:17, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Janellv, thank you for getting back to me but Dsammy has told me leave those alone so that's what I will do. I guess they are suppose to be hidden.

--Utahnancy 20:00, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Ok. Let me get your information to someone else who can help orient you into some of the things that we are working on, we would be excited to bring you in and have you help out in some other areas! janellv 20:49, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Unsigned template[edit source]

Hi Janell, I noticed that you had substituted a template {{unsigned}} that was not in the Research Wiki. I have now set this up and used it to add signatures to the comments left on Help talk:Boolean Searches in the Wiki --Steve (talk | contribs) 06:47, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Oops, thanks for doing that! I had found some instructions on it in the help talk pages article but didn't realize it wasn't really part of our wiki, and then didn't check what it looked like after I tried to use it, duh.......  -- janellv (talk | contribs) 14:28, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Geograph Template[edit source]

Hi Janell, I've been told about some feedback recieved from support with regard to uploading images from the website Geograph. As many of the images being added to English parishes are being sourced from Geograph, I created a new template {{Geograph}} which is a custom version of {{Information}}, following a pattern used in WikiMedia Commons where they have a template for images from Flickr. Unfortunately when this template has been used, Support wrote back about needing to use {{Information}} (see User talk:Cottrells#Geograph_Template). Are you able to let the right people know that this template is OK to use when uploading images. BTW I have also created {{Flickr}} so that can be used too. --Steve (talk | contribs) 09:25, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Steve, I let everyone know on this in our meeting yesterday, just forgot to finish this comment. Should this be added to the uploading images help document? If other additional templates similar to this are created in the future, could you let us know? Thanks. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 18:58, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for you help with this issue Janell. When I created the template I did not anticipate that it would be a problem to use it, but I can now see that if reviewers had been instructed to use the {{information}} template how it may have confused them when people used a different template. I have added links to these related templates on the description page for {{information}}, but it would be a good idea to refer to alternatives on Help:Uploading images and files and also some details about these template on Help:Submitting images for approval. Longer term the form used by users submitting images could be changed to help better document source, attribution and license information for images. --Steve (talk| contribs) 07:33, 31 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. And yes, the uploading images process is going to be changed here soon! We'll be sure to add each of the items on the template as a step in the process. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 13:27, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Janell, I'd like to draw to your attention if you've not already seen it the discussion about the {{Geograph}} template at Template talk:Geograph. It seems to be a matter of amending the responses sent out to people that have submitted files with Geograph information attached. Also can you confirm whether uploaders change file names or not? I can understand why they would in some situations but is there a policy about this? --Steve (talk| contribs) 15:37, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Steve, I hadn't seen it before. I'll instruct the team to be sure to specify their emails to the situation, and use better naming practices. The problem is that when the images are saved to our computers from the email system, it automatically assigns them that horrible name/number combination, and I think they may not have realized that wasn't the original name of the file. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 11:28, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Janell, I know it will be appreciated. It's interesting to hear about the file naming issue. Is there a reason why the system assigns those names? I guess there must be or why program it to do it? --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:55, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, I missed this question earlier. The Amdocs program we use does it, there probably is a reason, but I'm not really sure why. :) Maybe it's something about the fact that the images are saved to their server and it's giving them all unique numbers on the server side? Just a guess.... -- janellv (talk| contribs) 17:46, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks from the wiki:[edit source]

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the "Family Search Wiki: Wiki Project" page you helped create has become a Featured Article, highlighted on the FamilySearch Research Wiki of the Wiki, and will remain there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and will assist others in finding their ancestors.
You have made a difference in research!


Thank you, and thanks for letting me know! -- janellv (talk| contribs) 11:27, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Need your help:
[edit source]

Hi Janell,  Am working on the deletion file and found FamilySearch Wiki:Naming Conventions for Project Pagesin that file. It still has 4 link on it. Have these all been moved to the new page?

If so I will clear the page so it can be deleted. Also found on the same deletion page FamilySearch Wiki:Promoting a WikiProjectno deletion template on it. Sandralpond 11:48, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

It looks like there are still a few links that need to be fixed: Sorry, I should have done that! I'll try to get to it a little later. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 22:46, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates[edit source]

Hi Janell, I undid your "copy and paste" move of the article FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates and then used the move function so that the page history going back to 2008 is retained with the current article. --Steve (talk| contribs) 19:18, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Ah, oops, I forgot that you lose that if you don't move. Thanks for the catch. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 19:44, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Featured Article THANK YOU![edit source]

Hi VasquezJL,

Thank you for all of your expertise. You are great and so appreciated!

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the Italy and the Help:Creating a new WikiProject pages you helped create have become Featured Articles,highlighted on theFamilySearch Research Wikiof the Wiki, and will remain there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and will help others find their ancestors.

You have made a difference in research!

joy Wyzer17 15:46, 11 October 2011 & 13 October 2011 (UTC)

On Main Page[edit source]


I have placed "Help:Creating a new Wikiproject" on the Main page.You and David Dilts were the two main contrubutors. I am contacting him as well, sorry that I did not let you know before now. I will do better. Also thank you for putting back the "Tour". Dawne 22:01, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Thank you Dawne! You are doing a great job. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 14:21, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Thank YOU / YOUR Article is Selected[edit source]

Hi VasquezJL,

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the England Archives and Libraries article you helped create will become a Featured Article that is highlighted on the FamilySearch Research Wiki of the Wiki. It will appear there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work – you have given readers/researcher important access to records. Your contributions are appreciated and will assist others in finding their ancestors. You have made a difference in research!

Please note:

We invite you to do any enhancing, editing or changing to this article before we post it. If you are considering an edit we ask that it be completed by October 26, 2011. Within a few days of this date this article will post. If you feel that you do not want your article up as yet as a Featured Article please let me know. Thank you for your time and effort!

joy Wyzer17 19:26, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Headings on County Pages for Utah[edit source]

Hi janell,

We appreciate the discussions and decisions made by a community of experts and interested parties regarding headings on the county pages especially for New York and Illinois, We want to adopt many of those changes and adapt some specifically for Utah. Will you please review the page for FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah County Headings county headings in Utah and make comments on its discussion page?

Some volunteers for WikiProject Utah have already begun adapting the county pages. Your great suggestions will be implemented later, and we need to move now to prepare for a big push in January 2012.

Making your comments on the discussion page will allow for transparency, progress and improvement.

Thank you Wilma Adkins, WikiProject Utah manager; Marilyn Markham and Patsy Hendrickson, content specialists; and Dawne Hole and (Joy) Wyzer17, communications and volunteers liaisons.

joy  Wyzer17 17:02, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Help talk[edit source]


 Help me understand since you took off "Help talk: wiki overview: why you just didn't take the whole thing off ?

much thanks,Dawne 18:33, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi Dawne, sorry that it's taken me so long to get back to you. Are you referring to my comments here on this talk page? Take a look at this link, the old version of the talk page. It wasn't being used as a Talk page, it was as if it were the real page itself. Help:Wiki Overview|The real page is still here. So I guess I'm not sure what you're asking about taking the whole thing off?  -- janellv (talk| contribs) 17:09, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

No I am talking about when you put in the search box"Help talk: Wiki Overview" and you will bring up "Help Talk: Overveiw" and you made comments  Dawne 17:18, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Are you asking, why didn't I just delete the whole page? If that's the question the reason was because it's a talk page and I had a comment I wanted to make on the talk page, so I didn't want the whole page to be gone. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 17:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Practicing[edit source]

I'm just practicing on commenting on your page.  Thanks!  heartwings

Your email problems are probably related to some kind of bug here at this site.  You can email me directly at Wjhonson 14:45, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

I just tried again, I did email directly last time but I just noticed there was some odd formatting in the email address/name so that might have been it. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 15:15, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

AAQ badge[edit source]

Hi, I noticed you were placing an AAQ badge on some pages. I thought it looked very similar in color to the {{HR Known Issues}} badge. I was thinking a change of color might be better. What do you think about this:

Questions about
your New York research?

Contact our FamilySearch volunteer research assistants with your questions today.

-- Lotje2 20:15, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

I just realized this looks very similar to the {{Contributor Help badge}}. Maybe it would be ok with a different image?

-- Lotje2 22:31, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion - I have been thinking a lot about these... we have a number of these badges now linking to the forums, the research courses, indexing, and now this, and they don't really go well together. So I am thinking that we want to create something completely different that can bring all of them together, maybe in one box or something...? -- janellv (talk| contribs) 18:53, 27 July 2012 (UTC)
Originally I thought I was just making a suggestion for a color change, but then I saw the contributor help badge. I don't really have any ideas on how the various forum badges could be brought together unless there was some type of unifying icon for the forums or a standard color scheme for them. -- Lotje2 18:53, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Le Invisto a que me dejen un mensaje cuando vayan a necesitarme para asi yo poder prepararme para cervirle mejor 

Juanpablo, sorry, I don't speak might want to visit the Spanish Wiki to see about contributing there. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 00:08, 3 January 2013 (UTC)