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Again, welcome! Kara 20:26, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Problem with United States Land and Property
I got your message about the US Land and Property page. I don’t know if anything I did caused the unwanted changes. When I create unPortal pages and move the content, I may make minor wording changes, combine similar information under one heading, or rearrange the order of the page, but I make sure I move everything from the portal page to the new page - except subjects or headings that don’t have any content. I make sure any broken links are fixed. Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes.
Please let me know what information is missing and I will see what I can do to fix the problem.StroudIL 20:31, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
I'm puzzled about the removal and replacement of simple information that had been standardized by the FHC group. Sandra put in this simple information (this was discussed and standardized by the FHC group)
Sandra put this in:
Family History Centers
and I see this: Albany New York
411 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, Albany, New York, United States
I didn't work on the FHC. I put a paragraph in with the county courthouse. If something accidentally happened with the FHC, I did not intend for that to happen. I promise I did not touch the FHC information. I thought it was wonderfully done! diane
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???, considering that it is preferred any updates be made to single pages instead of thousands of county pages which was agreed. Dsammy 18:29, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
Land and Property page
Yesterday I typed an explanation in the Land and Property Discussion page of why I rolled it back. I took too long rewording, changing, adding, etc. and the wiki timed-out on me and I lost it. I was hoping to retype it this morning but I just noticed you had changed it back again.
I have a template that I was instructed to use for all of the Un-Portal pages I create so that they're all consistent. I make changes to the layout as needed, but the template is the same. Sometimes I rearrange items so the content "flows" better.
When I did the rollback I made sure, before I finalized anything, that none of your information was lost! It may look like something is missing - it's just that some things were rearranged. For example: I moved the links in the sidebar Acquiring Land to The Land Acquisition Process, because both deal with the same subject.
I don't want to start a war. I'm sorry this has been upsetting. I was just doing what I was told to do, the way I was told to do it. StroudIL 19:29, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
Hi! I am really not upset - just very confused. And Nathan was surprised because he was teaching a BYU Idaho class in the morning and using the page as an example and then in the afternoon the original page was gone. I think we are confused about this unportal thing. Did you move the Beginner's corner as well? Perhaps it would be good for you to visit with David or Nathan since they understand all of this better than i do. Or if we could meet and you could show me what you are doing so that I can see where everything has gone that would be good. I am curious as to who is giving the instructions so that maybe we can learn what is happening and be better prepared for others pages that may change. Thank you for answering, diane