Community Wiki Support Meeting 7 February 2012

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MeetingPlace ID: 3232; Join the meeting; Dial-in number: 877-453-7266  9:30 am. Mountain time on Tuesdays

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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.

Meeting Agenda

Introduce new members

Kudos go to ...

  • Lee Drew - articles on his Blog to advertise the Wiki and other publicity - good problem solver
  • BrightSolid - computer contribution won by Dennis Knox

Updates and follow up

  • Rootstech 2012 badge


  • Infobox for Rootstech that can be added to User pages for those who attended (search for Rootstech2012 or see Janell's user page)
  • Janell talked to Product Manager about changes to the Wiki Home page.  She needs input as to what should be on the page (mirror Contributor Help page?)
  • In - a connection to the Wiki from other products, such as Family Tree (if someone is researching in Germany, a link to Wiki to Germany, for example)
  • Wiki Upgrade - MediaWiki software upgrade to 1.17.  They will be putting it up for testing.  The system will be faster and more stable.  It will make session problems go away (saving issue).

Improve the Wiki

1. Copyrighted material (gazetteers) are being used
2. FS Moderators “may not be aware of the extent of copyright material that has been introduced into the county of Surrey pages”
3. “...lengthy description of a place contains much which is irrelevent to the parish history...and may be quite unhelpful”
4. “To some it appears that FamilySearch staff are permitted to add copyright text extensively whilst other contributors have had material deleted and as a result local English former contributors have left the project. There needs to be a level playing field for both American Genealogists and English Genealogists and the small clique mentality which is Salt Lake City centric should not be expressed in public forum posts which promotes alienation of English contributors and those of us who are not affiliated to the LDS church.”
5. It would be helpful if “a clear indication of what the parish history should include is offered to contributors somewhere within the England page as guidance when confronted with a template under a parish history heading or a slab of copyright gazetteer text.”
6. “...the introduction of American English spellings to England pages is not well received by either English contributors or readers and would hope that English spelling would be adopted for England (and other UK/Irish pages) again guidance would be helpful.