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I love the personal family history research tree on your user page! Nice addition. -Fran 15:51, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. I wanted to share with others my areas of research interest and thought what better way than addding a brief pedigree. Once I have tweaked how the template works, I will move it to the main template namespace and document how it can be used. For example one thing I have coded into the template is; that it will only work in the User namespace. I did this as adding pedigrees is not in harmony with the main purpose of the wiki, but I could see other users wanting to use it as I have. --Steve 15:59, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

I love it too - that's an awesome addition and I look forward to using it myself when it's ready for prime time. Laralee 20:49, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Laralee. It is now ready to be used. The template is called {{Ahnentafel}} or if you prefer {{Pedigree chart}} will work as an alternative. As I see this template being used to help users of the wiki share with other their names/areas of interest, the template will only work in the User namespace. For information about the different parameters etc, please see the template pages. If you have any queries, feel free to post them here or in the template talk page. --Steve 13:18, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Problem with titles with words starting in V

Steve, David Dilts just flagged me that many wiki pages' titles have been injected with the string "eronicaanguianoital." I did a search and this has happened to about 240 pages. I checked the history of the first two to find that you edited them last. Is this possibly caused by a bot you may be running? RitcheyMT 20:00, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Yes this is nasty, I'm not sure what is causing it. I've not been running any bots. To me as there is not edit history linked with these "injections" I suspect that something has happened at the database level. --Steve 20:11, 19 April 2010 (UTC)
PS the injected string is eronicaanguiano making "Vital" "Veronicaanguianoital".
Does anyone know a Veronica Anguiano? --Steve 20:15, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Changing bibliographic description on RecordSearch articles

Steve, thanks for your tips on the RecordSearch citations. I'll add my commentary on tags and descriptions vs. citations to the discussion page you suggested. This area will see a bit of flux and experimentation over the next few weeks as we: a) solidify our preferred Use Guidance bibliographic description business rules; b) transition from RecordSearch to FamilySearch beta; and c) work out a better way to use these citations in multiple places in the FamilySearch system without having to update them multiple times. It's likely your template work will help in this effort. I understand you'll be here in Salt Lake this next week. I'm looking forward to having Dorothy introduce us. GehringJG 16:21, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Yes, you understand right I will be in Salt Lake next week. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of people involved in the wiki while I am there. I would be happy to help develop the template to help achieve what you need. --Steve 21:37, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Eliminating "Record Search"

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So it seems that the name "Record Search" is no longer going to be used. So is it possible to remove that phrase from this template? I am thinking for the logo just using the FamilySearch part as well as just using FamilySearch. I also have an official Familysearch logo uploaded if you want to use it. (you don't have to but here is one if you want it) LakeCL 15:40, April 26, 2010 (UTC)
Hi Chris, thanks for this update. Yes the reference in the template can be changed, also the image used. Thanks for uploading the FamilySearch logo.
When will the branding on the website be changing? I think it would be better to follow the website change (as short as possible after) and not pre-empt it. Of course if there is a strong reason for it to be the other way around, we can do that.
Will the URL also be eliminating the term recordsearch? I see that a different domain is being used from the http://labs.familysearch.org page to access the main search window http://search.labs.familysearch.org, but that it is still referred to as Record Search. You say that in the future to use just FamilySearch but would FamilySearch record collections be OK as to distinguish this section from other parts? --Steve 10:20, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for creating this template for us. It's great. I appreciate that you have been helping Chris Lake to learn how to edit the wiki and other things. He changed the logo to FamilySearch and deleted "Record Search" because, as you know, they will do away with that phrase soon. --HoranDM 03:36, April 28, 2010 (UTC)

Took care of United States Census pages formerly linked to old url name. There are few left but you have to follow the links to find other pages. dsammy 06:44, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Yorkshire Pages

Dear Steve, Thank you for letting me know, that will make my job a lot easier. Feel free to send me a line anytime I do something odd. Thank you, SarahLowe

Tech discussion

Javier wants to discuss a few items with you about the Spanish wiki. Fran 13:32, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Links

I solved one of the problems: Links. I had several links in a page pointing to different pages but all of them beginning with the same words. It didn't work. It seems wiki goes and checks certain number of letter from the beginning and if doesn't find a difference there it crashes. I changed the name of the pages to make them different at the start.

There's another problem

I created yesterday an article called CHF Estaca Bogotá Colombia. It cannot be found but it is there. If I look for recent added pages I can find it. We need help on this or at least to define if it is a bug. Thanks. Javier 12:19, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi Javier, I'm glad you have fixed one problem. The other problem sounds like an engineering/search issue, so my suggestion is to contact your technical support or post a message in the forums. --Steve 18:24, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Project Templates

Steve, would you please create a template for users who are a part of the Indians of North America Project, similar to the one for Idaho? Thanks. Jimmy B. Parker 05:33, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Done. See {{User WikiProject Indians of North America}}. --Steve 07:57, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Posting an invitation for feedback

Steve, my name is Jake Bunker, I am incharge of quality and performance improvement for Patron Services in FamilySearch. Right now I am working with a team to get customer satisfaction data from registered wiki users. Is it possible to push an invitation like that to all registered users talk pages? What does it take to do something like that? Thanks BunkerJM 21:52, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Hi Jake, the extension that needs to be installed to add this feature is Extension:SiteWideMessages. There is a thread in the forum where uses for this extension has been discussed and it has been added to the Wiki Dev Backlog. If you are able to help raise the importance of getting this extension installed, it would be very welcome. --Steve 10:16, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Wiki Article Rating System

Steve, I really like your article rating system for quality and priority. I have a question -- Who is to do the rating of quality and the assignment of priorities? Is that a function of a moderator? Or should that be done by the community at-large? I guess I'm a little shy about rating the quality of articles I wrote. Jimmy B. Parker 19:38, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Good question. I think that moderators/project leaders could take up this role, but it could also be assigned to a specific person. In saying that, as with anything in the wiki I believe that all users should be encouraged to contribute and that would also be true of article assessments.
A key requirement is to set some guiding criteria. Wikipedia's quality grading criteria is well defined, but probably more than the Research Wiki needs. The criteria of importance is defined around the notability the article has within the subject/project field. Both of these are subjective and different editors/contributors will have different views. Hopefully they can discuss them and agree a rating.
You also mention rating article that you have authored. I feel that at the start that an author will have more idea of the article's potential than others, what you have started many may feel is complete, whereas you know that there is further improvement. As an article get higher up the grades then useful peer review will be beneficial. My feeling is that it is better to have a rating that others can discuss than no rating at all. --Steve 12:05, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

User Discusion page

Thank you for the user Discusion page and the clean up of the SDFHL article.

I also have a question. I uploaded 3 jpg pictures for the SDFHL article. When will I be notified that they are approved and ready for use? I have noticed that are not yet listed in user contributions, will that be a clue? I am familar with the "other" Wikipedia, but a newbie here. Jrcrin001 07:17, 21 June 2010 (UTC)


Hi, it's good to know that you have experience with how a wiki works. If you have time, I would invite you to review past community meetings and get involved with other members of the community. To answer your query, you will be notified by email once the images have been approved and uploaded. How long ago did you submit them? --Steve 07:51, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
I just checked the queue, and my guess is the images will be approved and uploaded today. You will receive an email notification after the images are uploaded to the wiki. -Fran 14:48, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Thank you once again! I will look around. Jrcrin001 16:10, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
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