FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 13 Dec 2011

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Purpose of the meeting

Improve the Wiki

  • Forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • Share best practices, ideas, and content.
  • Discuss current issues, community matters, and strategies.
  • Move issues to decision.

Introduce new members[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to ...[edit | edit source]

  • Community members who explained the TOC issue so eloquently and provided the right mix of pressure to get the problem fixed.
  • Wiki Trainers 

Updates and follow up[edit | edit source]

  • FYI WikiProject New York has moved their progress chart (tasks list and instructions) and progress graph off the Wiki to GoogleDocs. Links on the Wiki project page point the way to GoogleDocs. Instructions on GoogleDocs explain community members who wish to participate will need to contact project leaders to be added to the GoogleDocs edit list. David Dilts
  • Discussion continued re: Cyndi's List and other aggregator sites. This has been added to today's agenda, now that we've had a week to think about it.
  • Our linking might not go to the categories she has set up, which could be an issue
  • Deep linking is necessary for the user 
  • Concern - we need to be sure we balance our out-bound links, that we are not linking out anymore than we have to.  If another site has better resources than the Wiki, a link would be good until we have a project that gives the information.
  • Template for counties with minimum content that would link to Cyndi's list for that topic, but a well developed county should not link out if we have the information on our pages.  Link directly to the information needed.  
  • Deep links will enable users to find the data
  • A page could be created as a "descripter" page of Cyndi's List, but not a collecting point for all links from the wiki
  • Badge could contain link to descripter page and her site
  • Invite Cyndi to write her descripter page - Nathan will talk to her and could use help with getting a generic template or embedding in the stub template.  Jane will help him.
  • Cemetery aggregator page  is also being created by James

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

Style Guide Discussions[edit | edit source]

  • Please discuss County Headings for Utah Wiki Project
    • Heading: Key Facts rather than Quick Facts or Historical Facts
    • Linking each heading to the State page for that topic (testing "Biographies"
    • Wording could be used to direct patron to resources on the state page from the county page when there is further information on the state page, specific. Style guide  should be checked for clarification on this issue.  Avoid  duplication.  
    • There might be a link to the federal level if there is information for the county, with a specific URL that wouldn't involve more clicks to get to the topic at hand
  • Discussion of cemetery pages that don't belong in the Wiki - Judy will post on the Talk pages and put template on them .  

Project Help Requests[edit | edit source]

Need help with your project? See a project that needs to be done? Add it here:

Training Requests[edit | edit source]

Improve the Wiki[edit | edit source]

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Forums Overview[edit | edit source]

Be part of the solution! Make your opinions known! Post comments to an existing thread or start a new discussion at Wiki Contributors Corner forum.
Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week

  • Cross-linking Resources for Towns and Counties Issues such as:
    • A library with rich resources -- suggested do a separate page, link to it from each locality/topic that is appropriate
    • Theory: what content goes where in nested geographical zones When do we break out a city separate from a county, and what unique information should be presented there? Are we breaking out pages just to have "more content" in the wiki? Are we focused enough on how readers will find (or fail to find) information?
    • Style guide to become a better reference tool
    • It may be esthetically unpleasing to have multiple references to the same source, but it might also be logical if the source has a variety of information
    • Overly long pages: Discussion needed to balance between sound bites and style rather than content
  • Links to pilot/labs site still in Wiki pages See How to fix Dead Links
  • Contest - well kept secret? Referring to a contest Nov 9 - Dec 9, 2011, announced in the Contributors Newsletter. There is now a link to the subscription form for it on the Community Center page.

Comments added since last week

  • Status of the wiki today Most recent comments referred to the TOC. Today it looks good again. Thanks to all you who pointed out the needs and kept the pressure on. Great job!
  • Cyndi's List Responses said that giving thanks is always a good idea. No commentary had been added regarding the discussion last week in this meeting. This has been added to today's agenda again, for further discussion now that we've had a week to think about it.
  • Uncategorized Pages What would be a good strategy to get the pages off the uncategorized list, but not make a mess of the category page that they belong in?

Decisions made since last week

Be bold! Post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting. If your item requires details or feedback, post them on the discussion page and link to them from the agenda.