Help:Creating a New WikiProject

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Getting Started

When starting a new project, one key to success is in the planning that is done before the project begins. The following are vital to a successful project:
  1. Identify a Project Leader who can define what it is you want to accomplish and how, and be able to communicate a clear picture of what the project will do. The project leader will take care of the following or assign others to do so:
    • Clearly define the scope of the project
    • Recruit individuals who can help with the project
    • Hold regular meetings or discussions on where things are, give kudos, etc.
    • Train and give individual attention to volunteers to do the tasks spelled out

  2. Name the project, and create the project pages & tasks. For more details about naming new WikiProject pages, see FamilySearch Wiki:Naming Conventions for Project Pages
    • Create a Welcome page to:
    1. Tell about the project
    2. Give a spot where people can sign up to participate
    3. Summarize where the project is and what currently needs help
    4. Explain how the project members will communicate with each other going forward. (See #3 below for more information.)
    • Define tasks and create pages to explain the various tasks. Make the tasks simple so that someone new to the wiki doesn't feel overwhelmed with the scope of the work. On each task page, add the description of the task and a include sign-up sheet for the tasks that give information about the task, a spot for people to sign up, when the task is completed, etc.
  3. Determine the communication methods you will use to discuss the project on an ongoing basis. Some options are:
    • Regular meetings in MeetingPlace
      Sometimes regular meetings over the phone can help kick start a project. When having regular meetings, however, be sure that the information discussed is tracked on Wiki pages so that those who can't attend are kept up to date.
    • WikiProject discussion pages
      Discussion pages keep the conversation together with the project
    • FamilySearch Wiki Forums
      Forums help with threaded messages 
    • Skype
      Skype is a great instant messaging tool for group communication
  4. Seek volunteers to help
    • Let people know in the FamilySearch Wiki forums that a new project has been created
    • Look at who has contributed to existing pages in that topic area in the past and invite them to join in on the project
    • Invite those in the community who have special knowledge about research in this area to be a part of the project. One way to find them is through bloggers at Geneabloggers (see a list of bloggers by type).
    • See if there is a Facebook Genealogy Research Community for this area, and invite people to participate there.

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