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Research Wiki Moderators do the following:

  • Build Community - Help build an active, vibrant community of contributors in a locality or topic.
  • Recognize Contributions - Introduce yourself to new contributors to that locality, potentially recognizing those contributors whose work is particularly valuable.
  • Help Resolve Problems - Generally a very minor part of these responsibilities, it will be important to respond when Wiki Guidelines and Policies are not observed by contributors, and assist when two or more contributors have an editing dispute by supporting the Dispute Resolution guidelines.

As a new moderator, you will:

  1. Watch the pages in the locality to be aware of the work being done on them. This will: 1. Help you know when others are contributing to these pages, and 2. Give you information you need to reach out to contributors. You'll watch at least:
  2. Learn about the following, so that you know what to do or where to refer people when they have questions:
  3. Populate the "Help Wanted" page for your locality
    • Add Stubs, Beginner projects, and Wanted links to the page for volunteers to work on
    • Update the links as the pages are completed
    • Work with the volunteers so that they know the criteria being used for the locality
    • See Help wanted on the Ohio pages  for an example.

The Dispute Resolution Guidelines are outlined on the FamilySearch Wiki:Dispute resolution page and the links from that page.

Your ongoing responsibilities include:

Stay updated by doing the following:

Best Practices

Build Community
  • Share best practices with others as they contribute.
  • Recruit those known to you who have good knowledge about the area
  • Adoption of pages by organizations is a great recruiting tool
  • Social media is also a great way to spread the word
  • Starting a WikiProject can help you recruit those who need a specific focus to know how to help
Recognize contributions
Help Resolve Problems

Notes

  • There can be a single moderator for a topic/location, or a team of moderators that work together.
  • These responsibilities can take anywhere from a few hours here and there to as much time as the moderator will allow.
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