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When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. The following steps guide you in the process.
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=== Patrolling Articles ===
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== Patrolling New Pages ==
  
:#Log in with your username and password. (This requires Administrative or Reviewer rights.)<br>
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:When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. Patrolling is done on new pages added to the wiki in '''all '''namespaces.<br>
:#[[Special:NewPages|Click here to get a list of new pages to patrol]].
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:#Click on the title of an unpatrolled article. These articles are highlighted in the color orange, and usually appear at the top of the list.  
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:#:Note: If there are a lot of orange and white items mixed together, you can click '''Hide patrolled edits '''at the top to hide everything that has been patrolled. <br>&nbsp;
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:#'''''Article Pages:'''''
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:##Read through the article. Ensure that the content follows the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guidelines]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]], as well as the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]] of the Wiki.
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:##If everything looks ok, scroll to the bottom and click '''[Mark this page as patrolled]'''. It appears on the left side of the screen above the categories.
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:##If you find a problem with the content, go to [[#Resolving_Content_Problems_in_Articles|Resolving Content Problems]] for what to do next. Some potential problems could include:
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:##*Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals. <br>
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:##*LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
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:##*Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
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:##*Derogatory statements about people, things, etc. <br>&nbsp;
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:#'''''Talk/Discussion Pages:'''''
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:##On Talk/Discussion pages, we are looking for something different. We are looking for:
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:##*Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved.
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:##*How we can help those who may be asking questions on the Talk pages
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:##*Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
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:##Each of these items may be handled differently. When you see them, bring them up to the patrolling team to discuss.<br>&nbsp;
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:'''Note:''' When the article is patrolled, it is no longer highlighted on the list of New Pages. If you thought it was patrolled, and the title is still highlighted, refresh the screen.
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:We review the content to ensure that it is in line with the following:<br>
  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guidelines]] <br>  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]]<br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
  
=== Patrolling Other Pages ===
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==== Instructions ====
  
:...
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for instructions regarding how to patrol articles.<br>
  
=== Resolving Content Problems in Articles<br> ===
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==== Common Problems  ====
  
:If the content is inappropriate for the Wiki, add the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page. There are many options for how to handle the concern:<br>
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:The most common problems relate to pages with:<br>
  
==== Completely inappropriate content ====
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::*Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals. <br>
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::*LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
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::*Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
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::*Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
  
:*If something needs to be deleted immediately, add the {{tl|DeleteASAP}} template to the page.
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:Additional things to watch for are:
  
==== Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article  ====
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::*That Sandbox pages are in the User [[Help:Namespace|namespace]]
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::*That pages are assigned to the correct namespace
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::*That categories are assigned to the page
  
:*If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary. <br>
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==== Handling problematic content  ====
:*If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.<br>
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==== Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki  ====
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:Problems with the content will be:<br>
  
:*If the article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or LDS-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.
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::#Tagged by adding the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page<br>
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::#Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki. <br>
  
:*There are a few steps we will take in this situation:
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:'''Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article'''
  
::#'''Learn more about the contributor:''' Look at the History page of the article. From there, click on the contributor to see if they have created a user page so you can learn more about them (their user page may be blank if they have not yet added anything). From there, under Toolbox, click on User Contributions. Review the contributions this user has made to the Wiki to learn more about who they are and what their interests are. Use this information as you talk with them to discuss their interests and goals in the wiki.<br>  
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::*If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary. <br>  
::#'''Tag the content:''' Add the {{tl|Content}} Maintenance Template to the page to show that you have taken a look at this information and have begun discussing the issue with the contributor. <br>
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::*If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.<br>
::#'''Contact the contributor:''' If it is a minor concern, you can add a note to the Talk page of the article in question. The contributor will see that this information was added and can come and view it. If the problem is more extensive such as multiple pages added to the Wiki outside of scope, you may want to email the contributor directly through the "Email this user" option you see in the Toolbox while on the userpage.
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::#'''Educate the contributor:''' Let the contributor know what the policies and guidelines are. Link to the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]] article, and if applicable, quote the article as wel.
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::#'''Help them find alternatives:''' Generally, people post valuable information but it is outside the purpose of the Wiki. In that case, the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Try another wiki|Try another wiki]] page lists other places where this kind of information can be shared.
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::#'''Help them be successful in the Wiki:''' New users generally add this kind of content with good intentions, not realizing what the scope of the Wiki is. After we help them understand this, it will be important to find out what their genealogical goals are so that we can help them become successful contributors.
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:Eventually, you may end up adding a Delete template or other [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page, but not until after you've communicated with the author.
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:'''Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki'''
  
:Following is a sample e-mail used in a situation where many pages of content were added to the Wiki that was valuable but outside the scope of the Wiki. You are welcome to use this and edit it to help you craft a message to the patron. It will not need to be this extensive if the problem is very minor, and if it is on just one page it's ok to just add something to the talk page:
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::*If the entire article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or LDS-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.
<pre>Dear (username),
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Thank you for registering and being a part of the FamilySearch Wiki! You have really
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==== Patrolling Discussion/Talk Pages ====
done a lot of work in the Wiki and we are excited to see you getting involved.
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One thing that we would like you to be aware of is the purpose of the Wiki.  The
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:On Talk/Discussion pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also looking for:
content of the Wiki is generally about "instructions on how to find, use, and analyze
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records that are genealogically useful." (See more here:
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https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Purpose_and_Appropriate_Topics)
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We noticed that you have ________________ While this information is very valuable to
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:*Questions that patrons ask
________________, it is not part of the purpose of the Wiki.
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:*Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
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:*Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve<br>
  
We would like to help you find ways to contribute your information where it will be seen by
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for additional instructions. <br>
those who are looking for it. There is another page in the wiki that might help with that:
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https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Try_another_wiki
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== Patrolling Recent Changes  ==
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:Recent Changes are patrolled for the same reasons as patrolling new pages. However, with the quantity of edits made to the Wiki, patrolling is only done for recent changes to Discussion pages. Again, we are looking for:
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::*Questions that patrons ask
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::*Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
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::*Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
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==== Instructions  ====
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling recent changes|See Help:Patrolling recent changes]]''' for instructions on how to patrol recent changes.
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Can you tell me more about your goals for submitting this information and any other
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goals for your genealogy work at this time?  I can help you find ways to fulfill your
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|Tab-1=About Patrolling
goals by using other resources that we are aware of at this time.  Let me know your
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|URL-1=FamilySearch Wiki:Patrolling
thoughts.
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|Tab-2=Patrolling new pages
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|URL-2=Help:Patrolling new pages
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|Tab-3=Patrolling recent changes
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|URL-3=Help:Patrolling recent changes
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|Tab-4=Patrolling Discussion pages
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|URL-4=Help:Patrolling Discussion pages
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Thank you again for the work you are doing!
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[[Category:FamilySearch_Wiki_maintenance]]
(sign your name/username)
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Revision as of 21:50, 8 February 2012

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Contents

Patrolling New Pages

When we “patrol” an article, it means that we read it to see if it contains appropriate content. We are not looking to see if subject matter is correct or if it is well written. We expect the contributor to do this. Patrolling is done on new pages added to the wiki in all namespaces.
We review the content to ensure that it is in line with the following:

Instructions

See Help:Patrolling new pages for instructions regarding how to patrol articles.

Common Problems

The most common problems relate to pages with:
  • Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals.
  • LDS-specific doctrine or information that is not research related.
  • Inappropriate content, such as offensive language.
  • Derogatory statements about people, things, etc.
Additional things to watch for are:
  • That Sandbox pages are in the User namespace
  • That pages are assigned to the correct namespace
  • That categories are assigned to the page

Handling problematic content

Problems with the content will be:
  1. Tagged by adding the appropriate Maintenance Template to the page
  2. Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki.
Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article
  • If there is a concern about small bits of text within an article - a sentence or even a paragraph - it can be deleted with an explanation in the summary.
  • If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.
Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki
  • If the entire article is about a topic related to genealogy but is outside the scope of the Wiki, such as an article or page about a specific ancestor, or LDS-specific doctrinal information, it will be vitally important to work with the individual to help them understand the purpose and scope of the Wiki, and to help them in the future be able to make valuable contributions to the Wiki.

Patrolling Discussion/Talk Pages

On Talk/Discussion pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also looking for:
  • Questions that patrons ask
  • Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
  • Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve
See Help:Patrolling new pages for additional instructions.



Patrolling Recent Changes

Recent Changes are patrolled for the same reasons as patrolling new pages. However, with the quantity of edits made to the Wiki, patrolling is only done for recent changes to Discussion pages. Again, we are looking for:
  • Questions that patrons ask
  • Problems, concerns, or other issues that may need to be resolved
  • Trends that may indicate larger concerns or issues to resolve

Instructions

See Help:Patrolling recent changes for instructions on how to patrol recent changes.



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