Hey there, Joan! Thanks for the work you've done on Maryland Directories and Maryland Minorities! As the barn raising winds down, I want to get a feel for how each article on the Maryland Barn Raising Tasks is coming along so I can tell where to allocate any help that contributors can give for a last push. Could you either send me a message by editing my User Discussion page or go to the Maryland Barn Raising Tasks page and update the column on the % of "doneness" the article is at now? Ritcheymt 16:41, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
Need your help
Since we really need to get the backlog prioritized and each story estimated, and since it has been such a struggle pulling the whole team together for meetings, I've thought of a way to prioritize the backlog as individuals rather than meeting to do it. I need your help to make it happen. Will you please go to FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject U.S. Census and add the team's stories from the whiteboard to the Requirement Backlog table? Once they're all there, we can have each team member do a Delphi vote on which items they feel are highest to lowest priority. Then I can do the math and arrange them in priority order. Ritcheymt 16:28, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the verbal update on the little problem you had in setting up the backlog for FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject U.S. Vital Records. Any chance you can do Take Two today? We really need this up today so team members can prioritize it and each team member can have stories assigned by early next week. Ritcheymt 15:51, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Prioritizing vital records project backlog
Will you take a look at the Requirement Backlog (second table) on FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject U.S. Vital Records and rank the requirements/stories in priority order by noon Thursday? You can do this by the Delphi method: Give the lowest amount of points (1) to the lowest-priority item and the highest (41? 42?) to the highest-priority item. We're doing this individually because it's so hard to get everyone together for a meeting. We need to get this done by 5 PM Thursday 2 July so each individual can choose their stories and plan their tasks for the sprint.
After we tally the points for each item, we'll re-sort the backlog in priority order. Then we'll individually choose stories we want to attack during the sprint. Thanks! Ritcheymt 12:33, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Healeyje 19:44, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Post stories on the sprint board
Joan, thanks for all you've done to engage in the wiki project individually and as part of the team! Could you please do the following to help the team take the next step?
- Post your velocity (hours available) to work on the project through 31 June by your name on the board.
- Pull stories (in priority order) from the backlog and post them on the sprint board.
- For each story you post on the sprint board, write out sub-tasks for those stories in your chosen color and place those tasks in the Tasks column on the board.
- In the corner of each task, write an estimated number of hours to complete the task.
Solution to problem with editing renamed pages
I did some research on the problem regarding users not being able to edit Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records. The problem was occurring because the page had been renamed twice. I wanted to delete Alabama Vital Records- Civil Registration but didn't want to lose the history. I checked MediaWiki.org to learn that when pages are renamed, all the history of the original page is transferred to the second iteration of the page. I verified that it works that way on our wiki as well. Then I navigated to Alabama Vital Records- Civil Registration, clicked the What Links Here link, and went to all the pages that linked to Alabama Vital Records- Civil Registrationand changed the links so that they point instead to the current iteration of the page (Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records). Then I did the same process for Alabama, United States, Search Strategies for Locating Births, Marriages and Deaths. After fixing the links, I deleted that page too because someday we will have strategy/research guidance pages in the wiki, so we may as well free up those titles now rather than wait.
I don't think anyone on the U.S. Vital Records Project team has deletion rights, but I do. So what I need y'all to do is edit all the pages that link to all the [State] Vital Records- Civil Registration pages and all the [State], United States, Search Strategies for Locating Births, Marriages and Deaths pages and change the links so they point instead to the [State] Birth, Marriage, and Death Records pages. Let me know when you're done and I'll go in and delete all the [State] Vital Records- Civil Registration pages and all the [State], United States, Search Strategies for Locating Births, Marriages and Deaths pages. Ritcheymt 16:31, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! Ritcheymt 19:39, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
To all FamilySearch Wiki Contributors: An apology is in order...
By way of introduction, my name is Ben Bennett and I’ve recently joined the FamilySearch team as the product manager for the Wiki and Forums. Put simply, my job is to ensure that your experience, as contributors and users of the Wiki and Forums is excellent. To this end, an apology is in order. As you know, we recently implemented a new user ID/sign in process for the FamilySearch Wiki. As we implemented this new system, I personally heard from many of you. You shared with me problems that were occurring for you as you tried to sign in, edit or do other things that resulted in lost work, lost time and frustration for you, our key contributors and users. Please accept my sincere apology for the poor performance and poor experience associated with the Wiki during the past few weeks. Please also accept my commitment that the FamilySearch team will learn from this experience and do all that we can to prevent situations like this in the future. To this end, I wanted to share with you ...CONTINUE