User group meeting agenda & minutes 23 Apr 2008

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Proposing ideas for this agenda

To propose or discuss ideas for this agenda, please use the Discussion tab above. As the meeting draws near, we will review the items proposed on the Discussions page and decide which ones should get highest priority on the agenda.


Administrative items

  1. Assignment of time keeper, note taker, and facilitator
  2. Introduction of members: 10 seconds for name and desired takeaways.
  3. Today's agenda preview
  4. Where we'll look for initial ideas to cover (feedback page and agenda discussion page)
  5. Where to propose items for next agenda

Information items

  • Tech moment: stub template (Mollie)
  • Tech moment: recent changes page (Mollie)
  • Wiki Featured Author highlighted on Family History Library Intranet (Anne R)
  • New forums on (Michael)

Discussion items


Facilitator was Michael Ritchey, Note taker was Kip Enger, Time keeper was [Add name here].

  1. Navigation bar updates (Michael)
    In order to simplify and display only those items needed by most users, a few links on the Navigation bar were removed ("Random page", "News and events", "About this site"). "Random page" is available from Special pages. Portlets for News and Events are listed on the Main page. See "Get started with this site" for information about the site.
  2. Stub template information (Mollie)
    The "Stub" template is used to indicate that a given article needs to be expanded. To use it, from editor (rich or wikitext editor), enter: "{"stub"}" (without the quotes)
  3. Recent changes (Mollie)
    Demonstrated how this page is used. For further information see Mediawiki's description at
  4. New forum on (Michael)
    Links to a new integrated forum can be found on the Main page (within Navigation window) to all of the associated forums ( and from the Feedback page (specific to feedback:
  5. Featured Author (Anne)
    In addition to the portlet on the Main page, there is also now a link from the Family History Library (FHL) site to the Featured Author.
  6. FHL and Worldwide Support (WWS) now a combined division of the Family History Department (Michael)
  7. Issues
    * Jimmy reported that after editing a portlet, the system seems to hang (reported the issue via Clarify but no response).
      Response: determine how to replicate the problem on a consistent basis to allow support teams to investigate
    * Geoff had some questions relating to the deletion of an image.
      Response: deletions of pages and images may only be accomplished by sysops or moderators. Michael brought up the use of GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program and Thomas IrfanView ... one of the most popular viewers worldwide. Sammy will show picnik next week.
    * Thomas reported "Error on page" (see
      Response: this may be a result of corrupt data


Michael Ritchey, Mollie Forbes, James Anderson, Barbara Baker, David Samuelson, Jimmy Parker, Marc Feichart, Anne Roach, Geoff Morris, Darris Williams, Kip Enger, Jim Ison. Remote attendees: Thomas Lerman

Action items