User talk:Cottrells/Archive 5

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Move an Article[edit source]


I need to move an article and its talk page. San Diego Family History Library to San Diego California Large Multi-Stake Family History Center. And a redirect needs to be made for the former to the later.

I tried the Wikipedia format, but that did not seem to work.  Apparently, our Director wants to conform exactly with the new rulings from the FHC Department. Any help appreicated. Jrcrin001 18:48, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi. I'm not sure what you mean by Wikipedia format, but to answer you question about moving an article, if you are using the new look skin the when you are viewing the article select move from the Views section of the right-hand sidebar. You will be taken to a new screen where the name of the article is given twice, the second time in a box called To new article. Type in this box the new name of the article and if your moving an associated talk page make sure the Move the associated talk page option is checked. When you've done this select the Move page button. The wiki software will then move the page and automatically create redirects from the old title to the new title. If you want some more information about the process you may want to review the Help:Renaming a page article --Steve 19:12, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
I am more used to the Wikipedia format here.  This version of wiki is different. Thanks to your info, I was able to move the article without a problem. Actually, it was easier than the other Wikipedia. Add those to another wiki format I dable with and I sometimes get confused over what works where and when in each wiki!  Thank you! Jrcrin001 06:04, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
I'm glad that you found it straight forward :) --Steve 12:19, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Guidelines Template[edit source]

Chris Lake and I like your idea about changing the Contributor invite template:

I think that when a person comes to the wiki to learn more about a collection of records they would like to get straight to the specific information about the article subject.
Does the new Style guide section warrant being place before the Foreign Language Title and the Record Description etc.? Would it not be possible to include information about the style guide in the new {{Contributor invite}} template
For example:
We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the FamilySearch Records Project.
--Steve 16:38, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

If you have time, feel free to do it yourself. If not, let Chris know and he will add this. I appreciate your ideas. Streamlining is great. If there isn't a way to use a find and replace sort of function, we'll have our missionary, Elder Bloomfield, clean up the records. Thanks again. --HoranDM 14:55, August 6, 2010

Hi Dorothy, I have gone ahead and made some changes to the {{Contributor invite}} template. If you would like to make further changes please go ahead and do so. By making the change, I believe that it makes having a seperate Style guide section is redundant. --Steve 08:00, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Quick Note of Appreciation[edit source]

We wanted to send out a quick letter of appreciation for all your hard work and dedication in getting the FamilySearch Records project off the ground. The information you provide is invaluable to those users who are searching out further information about collections in FamilySearch; it helps them make a deeper connection with their research, especially when it has to do with their own ancestry. It’s your contributions that are keeping the project rolling forward. Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you out in any way we can.


The FamilySearch Records Team

Ginabegin 19:59, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Suggestion for layout for society template[edit source]

Steve, thanks for your hard work on the society template. I have a question. Would it be possible to have the infobox display to the right of (and level with) the table of contents like we used to do with pictures on place pages? I think the Dorset Family History Society page, for example, would look a little sharper if the layout were done this way. I tried in vain to make the change last night, but couldn't figure out how to do it. Do you know a way? RitcheyMT 05:36, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Question also asked (and answered) at Template talk:Societies --Steve 19:44, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Transfer Research Guidance[edit source]

Steve, I'm working on transfering this information for British Isles and there are a few images I can't copy.  Do you know how to capture these? I have noted them on the task page.  Thanks again for all you do!

Kara 18:21, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kara, I will help however I can. The task page? I've looked at your recent edits and think that you are refering to British Isles content in FamilySearch Research Helps. Which images are you not able to copy? Can you provide me with a link to the images in question. Or update the task with a comments about copying images. Thanks --Steve 18:46, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Stub sorting[edit source]

Question, on the wiki stub project there were 116 left after we finished. What I am wondering is there were 30 or more that we did edit, but they didn't go away. Could you tell me why? They were from all over the world, no one specific location. Would just like to know how to have edited them Janedwards 03:10, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi Jan, I found that some of the articles that had been edited had more than one copy of the {{stub}} included on the page. When one was sorted the other kept the article in the Category:Stubs. There was also two articles that did not appear to have the {{stub}} template in the article at all: Anne Arundel County, Maryland and Queen Anne's County, Maryland. This puzzled me at first, but then I realised that something that these two article had in common was the name Anne in the title and I was aware that just after the migration to the single sign on at the end of last year we had a problem with some articles that included in their titles the old username of a person because the system was changing all instances of the old username, even in the main namespace. I then checked the Special:PrefixIndex and found that the database had two copies of each of these pages, but only one copy could be accessed and edited, leading me to believe that I would need to delete the editable copy to get to the other. I tried this theory out in the test version of the wiki proving my assumption was correct before making the change in the production wiki and updating the remaining version with all the latest edits. I hope that helps explain why it was difficult to take some pages out of the stubs category. If you have any follow-up questions just let me know. --Steve 06:11, 1 September 2010 (UTC)