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General Structure

Is there a general guideline for structure of articles here? For instance, I would like to start building out New York. New York exists at Portal:New_York, from Portal:United_States. I added the counties at Portal:New_York/New_York (for NY County).

It seems to me that there are a LOT of articles being build off of the root, and this may lead to a lot of moved articles as things more ahead.

The Earl 14:58, 6 March 2008 (MST)

MediaWiki software does not have a folder structure. The main structure is that of namespaces. The great majority of articles on this site reside in the main namespace which is essentially the root. Pages (articles) are only moved if they need to be renamed or moved to another namepspace. Molliewog 15:08, 6 March 2008 (MST)

Portals are unique in their structure. They use sub-pages to populate each box. There is some basic information at FamilySearch Wiki:Portal Instructions. Please feel free to ask any questions about the portal stuff on the portal instruction talk page! Molliewog 15:17, 6 March 2008 (MST)

I understand the structure of MediaWiki, and appreciate the namespaces. Please meet me at Talk:Meta:US Structure. The Earl 17:24, 7 March 2008 (MST)

When contributing to an article- NEED ability to tab in

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While the tab key does not work when using the FCKeditor or WikiCode, the colon placed at the beginning of the text you wish to indent will.

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Triple colons will indent the text even more. -Fran 06:25, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Deleting or archiving pages

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My first thoughts on this would be to allow pages to be deleted or archived for future deletion. It seems like the number of pages would get out of control after a while. However, broken links could then be a problem unless the task of fixing links is somehow made automatic. Maybe this can be taken care of by not allowing a page to be deleted/archived if other pages are linked to it.

The other problem could occur if someone does not like what someone else wrote. They can just delete the page. Problems could occur if a battle starts up. Maybe only the author can delete? I am curious how Wikipedia handles all of this.

Thomas Lerman 01:03, 5 March 2008 (MST)

Wikipedia marks pages for deletion, then has an admin actually perform the deletion. Controversial pages are often tagged as such, so admins can know if a page is contested. Currently on this wiki, only admins can actually delete a page, users should mark pages for deletion by replacing the text of the page with 'Deleted'. The Earl 15:16, 13 March 2008 (MDT)
Updated answer to questions regarding the deletion of pages in the wiki: There are two separate "Delete" request maintenance templates. One is for delete requests that need immediate attention. The second is for delete requests that can be taken care of as time permits. See the delete templates, and all other maintenance templates at FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates. Only administrators can delete a page. Prior to fulfilling the requests for deletion the page is checked for unresolved links to the page. -Fran 04:54, 8 January 2010 (UTC)


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