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Governance Council members announced
(26 Jan 2015)

Updates to the Wiki Governance Council page announces the members that make up the council and lists the GC objectives and responsibilities.


RootsTech 2015
( Event )

RootsTech 2015 is scheduled for Feb 12-14, 2015 with an Innovator Summit on February 11.

Note from Contributor's meeting 18 Dec 2014
Just a quick update on the Wiki breakfast – things are going well with the planning!
Here are some details:
Date: Friday, February 13th Time: 8:30 to 9:30 AM Location: The Nauvoo Café
Special Note: It will be a dutch treat. We’d just love everyone to come, get some breakfast and mingle with one another for a bit.
Note from Contributor's meeting 22 Jan 2015
Wiki edit fest -- 2 hours, 1-3 p.m. gather in a room at the Library, Wednesday 11th (innovator day)


An alternative image map sizing method
(5 Jan 2015)

A new coding option has been developed and is now available. These optional changes will allow more versatility when sizing the image maps used on our Wiki pages. By substituting a simple wikitext code modification the image size can be controlled independently from the template itself which eliminates the need for multiple copies of the same template. These changes also allow the size of the image map to be easily changed while editing the target page. The instructions can be found in the image map help article in the section called Trick of the Trade.


The Research Wiki passes 80,000
(25 September 2014)

The FamilySearch English Wiki now has more than 80,000 article pages!
Congratulations to all who contributed to this achievement!



Identify and report Beta issues
(19 September 2014)

The link to a Google spreadsheet has been posted on Yammer for feedback about the testing of the beta version for the wiki. If you find an issue or problem with the new version please report it here.

Note: The beta format may be unavailable periodically.


Research Wiki Contributor's Meetings
(21 August 2014)

Guest speakers are periodically being invited to attend the weekly Contributor's Meetings.  Check out the meetings page for recordings of past guest speakers.


Beta.familysearch.org
(10 August 2014)

The beta test site for the new Wiki version (1.22) is up and running.  It is based on a snapshot of the wiki from late 2013 and can be used to evaluate how the current wiki pages will be affected. Your input will help to identify what issues have to be corrected prior to launch.

Note: The beta format may be unavailable periodically.

Missing news items
(1 August 2014)

There was a period where nothing was reported as news but despite that oversight several things had occurred and are listed here (covering the period from September 2013 to August 2014).

• New input (feedback and results) page has been initiated
• "Tip of the week" started on Yammer
• New welcoming committee lessons are available for new users
• The “Main page” has been retitled “Family History Research Wiki”
• Previous image map editor no longer available (page revised)
• FamilySearch releases NEW Freedmen's Bureau Records
• County seat pages and city pages discussions (Community Council)
• International news (updates about the England wiki projects)
• The Illinois page redesign for the new wiki version was completed
• Content team collects results of metric testing on Illinois page
• New collaboration between familysearch.org and Ancestry.com
• The “share your opinion” sidebar link has been change
• The Governance Council has been formed (June 2014)
• The support tool box page was completed
• The revamping of the “get involved” pages have started
• The 6000+ uncategorized pages have been reduced to zero
• The wiki will be going to a new version (1.22 from 1.7)
• The Wiki main page redesign was completed
• Changing from Yammer to SalesForce in the future
• Wiki contributors group started on Yammer
• Browser issues (Chrome/RichEditor compatibility)
• Usability test results from January (results?)
Washington State wiki project completed by Content Team
• “Portal” pages eliminated (do not work with search engines)
• HTML-wikitext classes started (also available as wiki pages)
•“Meeting Place” replaced by WebEx
• FamilySearch Wiki mentioned in New York Times article (see "In the News" - Nov2013)
• New guideline added by Community Council to address “syllabuses”(Template:Superseded)


Using Images on FHC and Society pages (5 Sept 2013)

Family history centers and societies have often asked to show pictures of classes and activities on their wiki pages, showing an active and vibrant organization, but the policy of no images with living people on the wiki kept those from being approved.

We are excited to announce that the Wiki Image Use policy has been adjusted to allow these types of images. As detailed in this policy:

  1. Living individuals should not be included in any images, with the following exceptions:
    • a headshot (only) of the contributor, only to be posted to the contributor’s user page;
    • individuals that are not identifiable because they are in the far distance of the image or their backs are to the camera; or
    • an image of a society, library, or family history center showing the facilities being actively used.
  2. If living individuals are included:
    • Approval must be obtained from every person in the picture to post the picture publicly on the Wiki. If any of the individuals in the photo request that it be taken down, it will be removed from the site.
    • The images must not include any of the situations in the Grounds for immediate rejection section

Use the guidelines on Submitting images for approval when submitting your image. 


Non-English Wikis are growing (5 Sept 2013)

Have you noticed that the other Wikis now have new main pages? See the new German and Chinese Wiki main pages just put up last Tuesday (3 Sept 2013). Other languages that have been up for a while: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Check them out.

We are looking for contributors for these Wikis. If you have specialized research knowledge on any of these countries, we could sure use your research experiences in developing these non-English Wikis.


New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)

A new wiki home page design is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the Talk page.


Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012)

The Wiki Community Council has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.


Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012)

Calling all Wiki contributors,

The creation of a Wiki Community Council, made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:

  • To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.

It is finally time to create this Council. A forum thread includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.

We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to researchwiki@familysearch.org.


New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012)

Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?

When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit!  When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.


Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change

  • Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
  • Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  It will  now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm 
  • Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
  • This change will take place on 28 June, 2012.


Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)

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Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.

--Carol B. Moss 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

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