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Comment on article "Checklist of compiled sources..."

You added this to the bottom of the England page, under a heading about finding English immigrant ancestry abroad. I like the idea of a link like this. It would be great to put something similar to it on the Ireland page. I'll have to put it on our list of items to prioritize. Anne 17:59, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Soliciting your opinion

Hey Alan, will you weigh in on "Local Histories" or "Histories" heading on county pages? I want to reach consensus on this quickly in order to get a big missionary team engaged in FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Linking to Books in the BYU Family History Archives. I'm asking for your opinion because you notice issues I overlook. Thanks in advance! Ritcheymt 13:46, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

County Pages for England's counties probably already exist.

The associated county pages for each county may already exist.  Take a look at the England portal for links to them.  Apparently that may be the reason why the links are red on the England Barn Raising Tasks page, and if the articles do exist, that might save you and your team a bit of time getting things ready.  JamesAnderson 00:00, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

We need your opinion

In order to help the community arrive at consensus on some issues impacting most of the pages on FamilySearch Wiki, I'd like to invite you to add your opinions to the following discussions:

Thanks! Ritcheymt 12:13, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

What's your best work? And your favorites from others?

Hey there Alan! I'm searching for the wiki's best content to highlight it during a presentation I'm doing soon. Will you link me to the 2 or 3 articles you've contributed to that you are most pleased with? Also, could you link me to your favorite article(s) written by others? Thanks! Ritcheymt 17:06, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Where should wikiproject contributors communicate?

People who work on writing projects on the wiki are asking for an online venue they can use to talk about...

  • how to organize projects,
  • how and where to recruit contributors
  • how to motivate project members
  • how to track progress on projects
  • Manual of Style issues that we need to settle to avoid rework
  • ...and other stuff.

Could you go to the wiki feedback forum and give your opinion as to what tool(s) we should choose to communicate? The thread where we will discuss this is Which tools for wikiproject contributors to communicate? Ritcheymt 16:24, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Please vote on new name for Reviewer role

The wiki community is voting on a proposed renaming of the Reviewer role so that we can give the role to anyone we trust to upload their own images without review. If you care about the name of this role, please discuss the issue and cast your vote at FamilySearch Wiki talk:Reviewer. Ritcheymt 16:43, 2 November 2009 (UTC)



Hello, Alan, and welcome to FamilySearch Wiki! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like this place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. If you need help, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there.  Again, welcome! Fran 20:50, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Please vote on search result title link color

Some users have reported that the red color of the article title links in search results are confusing because in a Mediawiki site, a red link means a link to a page that has no content. There is a poll on the forums as to whether to make the links blue instead, which would also conform to what Google and Bing do. Please read the thread/explanation and vote. RitcheyMT 16:13, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

QR codes: One directing people to Wiki main page

Alan, good to see you tonight at the Wiki pioneers dinner. Mentioned I had gneerated a QR code for the main page of the FamilySearch Wiki and got it into the files section of the site, ready for anyone to use as they needed to. Here's a direct link to the file.

Unwanted boxes appearing

Hi Alan, I cam across your request for help on the Talk:Hallow, Worcestershire page. I have removed the unwanted blank lines. Looking at the history of the page I think the unwanted boxes that you found are a feature of wikitext.

If you start a new line of text with a space, like this one, the text will be surrounded by a box.
If you continue with more text, again starting with a space,
then each line will grouped together in the box
and it means that you can preserve line breaks without using code.

Start another line with no leading space and you're back to normal.

If you want to indent a line, start the line with a colon : --Steve 18:14, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Steve, thank you for your help. However, I don't understand the wikitext feature link. It says that a leading space preserves format. You are saying that a leading space inserts a box. This seems to be a contradiction. My problem, however, is that whenever I edit a page, a leading space is automatically inserted following each time I have pressed <enter>. It is not there when I click save, but when I view the edited page, new boxes appear that weren't there when I edited. I go back, and sure enough there are leading spaces that weren't then when I pressed save. It also inserts the following that wasn't there when I hit save:


I find myself unable to fix unwanted boxes and excessive spacing, because the wiki is inserting random stuff all over after I press save. Any guidance?

My recommendation is that you switch to wikitext before saving a page. Then you can see the code that the rich text editor has inserted/added. Yes a leading space is one way to preserve formatting. It does this and also surrounds these lines with a box. (see Limiting formatting/escaping wiki markup) --Steve
I have been in wikitext before saving. The spaces and code I referred to are inserted when I press save -- they are not there in the wikitext before pressing save. I think it may have to do with the browser I am using. I cannot use either FireFox nor IE, as they both have major flaws when I try to use them. Perhaps this insertion of unwanted code is a flaw that occurs with Opera.Alan 15:57, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
It just did it again. I didn't touch anything above this, but it inserted boxes and blank lines in things I hadn't edited when I saved the preceding comment. I hit wikitext immediately when the rich text editor appears and do everything in wikitext. Maybe I should "disable rich editor?"Alan 16:01, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
Hi Alan, maybe you've hit on the problem. Maybe it's the browser or a browser add-in. Maybe it's your computer - you say the other browsers have flaws, have you considered that the source of the problem is the computer. Have you tried editing pages using a Opera on a different computer, or editing a page using Firefox or IE on a different computer. Trying different combinations of these and look at the results. What I am pretty sure is that it is not the wiki software itself, but how these (your computer and browsers) are interacting with it. --Steve 16:21, 10 May 2011 (UTC)