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*Submitted a QR code image for review 20 April 2010, look for file FSWikiMainPageQRCode.png to find it once it is. Insert it here, (relates to 20 April discussion).
*Submitted a QR code image for review 20 April 2010, look for file FSWikiMainPageQRCode.png to find it once it is. Insert it here, (relates to 20 April discussion). This image could be added to the pass-along card or other handouts.
==== Trouble with Record Search URLs  ====
==== Trouble with Record Search URLs  ====

Revision as of 20:15, 11 May 2010

Join the meeting, the ID is 8024

Purpose of the meeting

  • To forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • To discuss content, technical issues, workarounds, community, site design, and strategy.



News items can now be found on the Community News page in the Wiki.

  • Questions?
  • Comments?
  • Just an FYI - Microsoft Office 2010 will have a free web-based version of most of the suite - including the ability to deliver a powerpoint presentation over the internet. Saw it in this news article. Laralee 16:48, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Traces is now available for download in the App Store through iTunes. Traces brings the hundreds of millions of historical records available through FamilySearch to your iPhone or iPod touch. Search by name, event, place, date range, or family members. Examine record details and even view the original document images right in the palm of your hand. Share records you find with family and friends or add them to your personal Folder for later viewing or additional research. Traces is the perfect app for the on-the-go researcher or even for the causal user who is just interested in finding traces of his or her past.


Add your recognition items below

  • Kudos goes to Lise for creating a page with photos of the Wiki booth at the 2010 NGS Conference. Thanks!

Discussion Items

From the Community

QR Code

  • Submitted a QR code image for review 20 April 2010, look for file FSWikiMainPageQRCode.png to find it once it is. Insert it here, (relates to 20 April discussion). This image could be added to the pass-along card or other handouts.

Trouble with Record Search URLs

This is explained in detail in the forums. dsammy 03:06, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Any chance in getting Record Search to have its own forums? Thomas_Lerman 13:22, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
PLEASE add for that group. I see from several posts in the forums concerning that group.dsammy 17:14, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
Before a new forum can be set up, someone from the FamilySearch Historical Records project team needs to be able to monitor the forum. -Fran 17:50, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
FYI: There is an article in the wiki that identifies the guidelines for the FamilySearch Historical Records articles: FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages --Fran 19:46, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

From FamilySearch Staff

Table Template

Category:Articles using the table template incorrectly

This category is automatically added to pages that have incorrectly used the "Table" template. Currently this category has three pages in the wiki with this category. Instructions related to why the category was created, how the category should be used, and how the category will be managed should be added to the page. I think this category page also needs to be categorized itself, but I'm not positive because it is associated with a template. The template and category are both part of the overall maintenance process in the wiki and should be documented within the maintenance documentation. Should a template also be used for this? Don't know the answer to that because of it's association with a template to begin with. When this category page is discovered, the user has no way to know that it's associated with a template and that's why the documentation is critical and should be added to this page ASAP.

Also, I think it would be good to have a demo on the correct usage of the "Table" template. Everyone appreciates a better and easier way to do things in the wiki! Thanks! --Fran 15:29, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

The ISBN Feature

  • It appears the ISBN search feature might be working properly, at least in part. If anyone would like to help verify the feature is functioning as expected, that would be nice. Pages you might want to refer to while testing this feature include:
  • FamilySearch Wiki:Book sources
  • Template:WorldCat - how does this template affect the ISBN search feature that is default in MediaWiki?
  • Russia Periodicals has several ISBN links on the page. Clicking on any of the links takes you to the "Book sources" page but includes the ISBN search field with the word "Go" to conduct a search. Unfortunately when I click on "Go" nothing happens. In order to conduct a search I have to scroll down to the list of book sources and click on each option of interest to me. Example: "Find this book at WorldCat free online catalog of the world's libraries"
  • The MediaWiki page about the ISBN feature helps to understand the intended functionality of this feature.
As I recall, the automatic ISBN feature (if we are talking about the same thing) had some issues that rendered it broken. Unfortunately, I do not remember the details off hand. The {{WorldCat}} template was then intended to be a replacement. The move seems to be to use templates as much as possible instead of Interwiki links and other automatic features. Thomas_Lerman 13:26, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Dispute Resolution Process Proposal

Proposal to rename the Dispute Resolution Process

We're in the process of updating the content related to the governance and dispute resolution process in the wiki. One concern voiced in the recent past was related to the title of "Dispute Resolution." The concern is that the title itself has a negative overtone and we were looking for ideas to communicate something more positive. One suggestion that was shared with me is "Agreement Process." I really like the suggestion and welcome your opinion on this and other ideas. The pages in the wiki that would be impacted by this change include:

Making the name change seems like a lot of work. Is there enough value in a name change to warrant the effort? --Fran 17:50, 11 May 2010 (UTC)
I agree, it looks like quite a bit of work. I don't know that changing the name will have a significant impact on the community, but I could be missing something here. Kara 18:43, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

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.