User talk:RitcheyMT

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Leave messages for Michael here (most recent on the bottom) [edit source]

Leave messages for me here, and "sign" them with four tildes (~~~~) so I can easily see who the message is from.

'Maryland Historical Maps'-- Google search results.[edit source]

Maryland barn raising item.

Here are some promising search engine results for Maryland historical maps in Google.  Not all maps described will be online, but some will.  Don't overlook the link as that is a widely known one for historical maps anywhwere.<brJamesAnderson 21:45, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

FCK Editor and ISBN number glitch[edit source]

Here's a link to a developer site for the FCK Editor, specifically, the page with open tickets related to bugs found iwth it, one of these that was sent in the last month or so involves the ISBN number glitch. JamesAnderson 01:55, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Google search for the same problem, there appear to be a fair number of pages that may discuss the issue as well.[edit source] JamesAnderson 02:00, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, James! Ritcheymt 22:21, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

England barn raising tasks, county pages links[edit source]

Just checked the England barn raising tasks page, and I think the county pages are already up, but they may be titled differently than shown, which may account for them showing red instead of linking to the desired pages and showing in blue.  Is this really the case?  JamesAnderson 02:14, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

I dunno, James. Alan Mann is running the England effort; check with him. He is User:MannAE.
Ritcheymt 22:21, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, Michael, I just left a note about this over there on his talk page.  JamesAnderson 00:02, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Maryland Barn Raising[edit source]

I have to bow out of FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Maryland. See my note at FamilySearch Wiki talk:WikiProject Maryland. Johnalbertrigali 01:07, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the note[edit source]

I'm glad that you like what I've done with the Maryland Societies page. I appreciate that encouragement. Thank You!
Familyjournals 03:19, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

HELP[edit source]

Michael - yoiu may have to come and refresh my memory againl Manessre 22:03, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

MD History[edit source]

There is plenty to do on MD History. I hope to concentrate on it until Tuesday night. I think I can get it looking more like I want by then. Thanks, User:DiltsGD 17:58, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Indians of Maryland[edit source]

Michael --

I've probably done all I can right now with this topic. It still needs work, but will require a significant amount of time and research to identify the existing records for the colonial time period and the depositories of those records. I won't have it done by the end of the sprint.

Jbparker 18:04, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Maryland Emigration and Immigration[edit source]

Okey Dok.  I'll see what I can do to add the suggested headings before the deadline.

 18:22, 16 February 2009 (UTC)Mmark

I can help with last-minute barn-raising tasks[edit source]

Is there anywhere or anyone you would like me to assist with for the FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Maryland? I have a son coming home on Thursday from his mission, but until then I could give some concentrated effort wherever you deem necessary. Familyjournals 00:36, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

User Mtg Agenda[edit source]

Please put up March 3, I have two items now, one requiring attention, and other for users to look at. dsammy 19:30, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

I don't have the time right now, dsammy, but feel free to do it yourself. Jimmy Parker has put up a lot of these; it's not a sacred cow or anything. Ritcheymt 00:40, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Pages are up for the whole month. And two items for discussion placed. dsammy 01:17, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Interuptions[edit source]

My life was one big interuption. I had training the week prior to the 17th, The Monday and Tuesday, 16th  & 17th was spent in the hospital with Bill with the usual problems. He was released on Thursday, which meant another day off, Besides all my other problems and doctors. I'm just now caught up on life and emails. I assume I can still build and improve the rest of the census etc!?!? Hardestypn 19:06, 27 February 2009 (UTC) 

WorldCat template[edit source]

Did you see the information that I included concerning the WorldCat template that I created? Thomas Lerman 15:56, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Community Group Meeting Recording[edit source]

I noticed you added the link to yesterday's recording. When I try it, it asks for user & password. Thomas Lerman 15:05, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Never mind . . . it is working now. Feel free to delete if you wish. Thomas Lerman 15:36, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Crowding the County Creations page[edit source]

the data you added are best suited at the county page instead of the Creations page because there's more detail to list under "Quick History/Quick Facts" heading. A lot of Pennsylvania's details are already at the county pages. We already provided the link to them, didn't we? dsammy 03:13, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

I understand what you're saying about the information seeming to be too much. On the other hand, as I looked at the child county/notes column for the counties that were abolished, renamed, etc., it didn't seem clear to me. I couldn't envision the elderly people at the family history center I directed being able to understand it. So I'm still trying to figure out the best solution for presenting the information. I'll probably test it on a few users to see what they understand and what the trip on. Meanwhile, a little diversity in entries is okay while testing to see what works best for the customers. Ritcheymt 04:13, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

If you look at the counties in western part of Pennsylvania, there are more detailed information already listed. I know I didn't get to finish alphabetic list of counties, stopped at Lancaster County to tackle other more urgent tasks.

Request that users not create county pages without content[edit source]

What's your opinion of the tagline I added for Oregon counties, reminding the users not to format unless they have contents to add to the cities/communities pages. dsammy 05:34, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

I checked Oregon County Creation Dates and Parent Counties and didn't see the tagline, Sammy. Where is it? Ritcheymt 17:34, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

sorry, should be clear about complete different matter - go to the county level. It's in plain view and I also described the same in personal email. dsammy 18:14, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

I went to Baker County, Oregon Genealogy and noticed the line of text you inserted over the list of populated places (mostly towns). The line of text is within a box with a dotted border that says "Please do not format these pages unless you have contents to add to them." I see what you're getting at -- you don't want people to follow the red links and save the pages of these towns unless they have content to add. That way, the town pages won't just be empty shells with no real content. I'd say two things: First, it's not enforceable because there's no wiki policy on it. Second, the wording probably needs some clarification for users to understand it. The word "format" doesn't really capture what you want them to avoid. Ritcheymt 18:22, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

City/Town pages tagline[edit source]

Okay, I see now that you're vetting the box right below the Communities heading on the Baker County, Oregon Genealogy page. (BTW, I'd love it if, in future, you could just link to the page in question from this talk page.) My knee jerk is that it doesn't seem like a bad thing to post such a box. However, the text isn't intuitive to me. It reads "Please do not format these pages unless you have contents to add to them." Format seems like the wrong word. Would "save" work better? And would it help to have an explanation as to <why> users shouldn't save the pages with red links? Would the text be more intuitive if it said something like this.... "Any community names in red below represent pages that have not yet been created or saved. Please do not save them unless you have contents to add to them"? And I'm not saying it's a great idea or a bad idea to add such boxes -- I think the community should decide this. I'm just saying that if they are added, they may need to be a bit more intuitive. Ritcheymt 19:05, 10 March 2009 (UTC) 

FYI, our server resources are not an issue with regards to the creation of stubs. The real issue is usability: There's a fine line between how red links and stubs direct contributors to add content and how they annoy users who follow a link hoping to find information, but encountering a useless stub instead. OTOH, I understand why some folks on the wiki create a set of headings for use in county pages, and then create the county pages themselves, put the headings in, do not insert any other content, and Save the page. They consider it a shell, and they want the county page to start as a shell so that people who finally decide to add some useful information have some prompts as to what to enter and some order in which to enter it. Ritcheymt 19:19, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Had to separate the article.  I was the guy who pushed for formatting the county pages to get ball going.  The tagline is not intended to be absolute since I am looking for a way to encourage contents but at the same time don't try to format city/towns and leave them behind without any contents. A way is need to help the users be aware they are the key holders to opening up the city/town pages with the contents. dsammy 03:18, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

What I think you're saying is "I think it's okay to link to county pages that haven't been created -- I just don't think we should link to one and then go to it and save it without any content." Is that what you're saying? Or are you saying "If a county page doesn't exist yet, we shouldn't even link to it from a page like Alabama County Creation Dates and Parent Counties?" Ritcheymt 19:19, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

You are talking about two different issues.

1. Creation Pages - linking county names to pages not in existence. This is being taken care of by sessionsbrent. Not an issue.

2. Cities/Towns pages, the next level down from the County pages. That is what I am talking about. dsammy 19:39, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

So what issue still needs deciding? Ritcheymt 18:26, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Static PowerPoint?[edit source]

Has static PowerPoint on presentation of Wiki been developed and completed for availability to use to introduce the Wiki? I don't like to use the actual Wiki to do teaching stuff. dsammy 04:50, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

There's an older PowerPoint linked from FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction. Anne Roach also made some super handouts and CamTasia slideshows linked from Help:Contributor Help and Search for Articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Ritcheymt 18:32, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

County Creations[edit source]

Got all states done. Last one is Virginia's Independent Cities - worst of all, they change names plus mergers, annexations, etc dsammy 08:33, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Nice, Sammy -- thanks! This is going to help a LOT of people. I like how simple you made the data, too.Ritcheymt 18:34, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

I can't take all of the credit. Credit should also go to  my cousin Elder Brent Sessions for doing good job of linking. BTW the Independent Cities section is done. dsammy 18:51, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Suggestion for training for new users[edit source]

The Community Meeting is fairly technical and philosophical.  I suggest "Mike's Classroom for New Users" where users could assemble once per week to kick around items of elementary useage ("How do I add a photo," "the Link didn't work" "What do I do if I need to add my name") that sort of thing.  It could meet once a week with you (or someone) as the "professor" to help with basic questions.  Picking it up from PowerPoints or articles is good but incomplete.

Ellisgj 21:41, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Editing the Edit and Contribute page[edit source]

 Ellis' comment above - great idea, but maybe run by the community? Anyway, I noticed your concern about editing the edit and contribute page. Sorry about it being so hard to edit. We had to turn off the FCK editor to make some of the image mapping work (clicking on the icons to go to an article rather than the image page). Maybe the FCK overhaul will fix that. :) nixiao 21:08, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

US Census Discussion[edit source]

I have finished entering the items on the chart. (some for the second time, I forgot and went to a meeting without saving the first group) UGH! So now we should start ranking the items? It will take a while there is a long list. Hardestypn 19:13, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

This is Michael messing with DimDim[edit source] 

Here's an attempt at a DimDim widget[edit source]

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Here's another DimDim widget attempt[edit source]

<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="" id="W499d781e7a2ff8ce4a9d3dc5da266264" width="250" height="310"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /></object>

Here's a TinyURL leading to a DimDim widget[edit source] 

URL from the DimDim meeting setup[edit source]

Here's the URL from the home or main or general tab used to setup a DimDim.

I presume you saw the demos. Thomas Lerman 19:07, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

What should the Manual of Style include and how should it look?[edit source]

I have moved the discussion items from the Manual of Style page to the talk page, and begun an outline for items to be covered in the MOS.  It is kind of a dramatic (read: VERY "bold") change, and I would appreciate feedback, contributions, suggestions, discussion. Lise 14:29, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

This is Mike messing with the editing tool[edit source]

If you want to link to another page on the wiki, you do an Internal Link. This allows the system to fix the link if the name of the destination page ever changes. So here's a link to the Maryland, United States Genealogy page. An external link is done with the URL of the site; so Google is like this.

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Wikiproject[edit source]

Michael, when you get a moment, I would appreciate any comments you have on what I have added to the WikiProject page for the project you have me leading. Maybe the best place to put your comments would be on the talk page for that Project page. Thanks. Jbparker 21:26, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Welcome![edit source]


Hello, Ritcheymt, 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.

It was decided at the community on November 17, that regular attendees at the meeting would be given an opportunity to review the welcome message and test out the {{helpme}} template.

Again, welcome!

Steve 10:08, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Testing ISBN functionality[edit source]

I'm just testing the ISBN functionality. ISBN 9780470257463 ISBN 9780470257463 Now I'm adding text in FCKeditor, but not editing the ISBN number I added earlier.  RitcheyMT 21:32, 13 May 2010 (UTC)


Here's a link to a heading within a page.


Can you let whoever is in charge of Norway there is a discussion on Dates that needs attention?

(also in England Probates)


User Pages[edit source]

Hi Michael,

I'd love to hear your thoughts about the importance of user pages!  Can you take a minute and add your thoughts on the Forum thread I've started?  Lise 02:16, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

U.S. List of States[edit source]

Hi, Miike,

I noticed today that the list of state links is no longer on the United States page.  I went through History to see who took it off and didn't see when it was removed.  I used it last year.  Since many people have trouble finding states on a map, it would be very important to have this list.  Let me know if there was a strong reason to remove it. 

MarkhamMJ 15:27, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

"Rude... impolite communications are unacceptable"[edit source]

Hi Michael, I noticed you recently added some comments to FamilySearch Wiki talk:Dispute resolution. You mention the policy states that "rude... impolite communications are unacceptable". Are you referring to the policy FamilySearch Wiki:Civility and Polite Discourse and if so would the comments be best moved to the associated talk page of that policy? --Steve (talk | contribs) 16:28, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks from the wiki:[edit source]

The FamilySearch Wiki:FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the "Family Search Wiki: Wiki Project" page you helped create has become a FamilySearch Wiki:Featured Articles, highlighted on the FamilySearch Research Wiki of the Wiki, and will remain there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and will help others find their ancestors.
You have made a difference in research!


Comments Requested[edit source]

FamilySearch_Wiki_talk:WikiProject_New_York Dsammy 02:52, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Thank YOU / YOUR Article is Selected[edit source]

Hi RitcheyMT,

The Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the;A Glossary of Genealogical Terms article you helped create will become a Featured Article that is highlighted on the Main page of the Wiki. It will appear there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work – you have given readers/researchers&nbsp;important access to records. Your contributions are appreciated and will assist others in finding their ancestors. You have made a difference in research!

Please note:

We invite you to do any enhancing, editing or changing to this article before we post it. If you are considering an edit we ask that it be completed by&nbsp;October 17, 2011. &nbsp; Within a few days of this date this article will post.&nbsp;If you feel that you do not want your article up as yet as a Featured Article please let me know.<br>Thank you for your time and effort!

joy&nbsp; Wyzer17 15:25, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Here's some testing[edit source]

This is Michael trying to add a signature in IE 8. RitcheyMT 16:39, 2 November 2011 (UTC)