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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 explains more about patrolling and its policies.<br>  
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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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== Patrolling New Pages  ==
 
== Patrolling New Pages  ==
  
==== All Namespaces<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>
  
While patrolling, it is important to be aware that the content is in line with the following:<br>  
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:We review the content to ensure that it is in line with the following:<br>
  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guidelines]] <br>  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guidelines]] <br>  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]]<br>  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]]<br>  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
  
==== Common Problems<br> ====
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==== Instructions ====
  
The most common problems relate to pages with:<br>  
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for instructions regarding how to patrol articles.<br>
  
*Content on a person's own genealogy, or biographies about specific individuals. <br>
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==== Common Problems  ====
*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.
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==== Handling problematic content  ====
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:The most common problems relate to pages with:<br>
  
Problems with the content will be:<br>  
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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.
  
#Tagged by adding the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page<br>
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:Additional things to watch for are:
#Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki. <br>
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[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]] for additional instructions.<br>
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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
  
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==== Handling problematic content  ====
  
'''Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article'''
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:Problems with the content will be:<br>
  
:*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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::#Tagged by adding the appropriate [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Template]] to the page<br>  
:*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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::#Resolved by working with the contributors to help them become successful in the wiki. <br>
  
'''Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki'''  
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:'''Small pieces of inappropriate content within an article'''
  
:*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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::*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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::*If the information to be deleted is more extensive, it would be good to put an explanation on the discussion page.<br>
  
==== Discussion/Talk Pages<br>  ====
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:'''Entire articles outside the scope of the Wiki'''
  
On Talk/Discussion pages, we are looking for something different. We are looking for:
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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.
  
*Questions that patrons ask
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==== Patrolling Discussion/Talk Pages  ====
*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>Each of these items may be handled differently. When you see them, bring them up to the patrolling team to discuss.
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[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]] for additional instructions. <br>  
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:On Talk/Discussion pages, after ensuring that the policies and guidelines are followed, we are also 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<br>
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:'''[[Help:Patrolling new pages|See Help:Patrolling new pages]]''' for additional instructions. <br>
  
 
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== Patrolling Recent Changes  ==
 
== 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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|Tab-1=About Patrolling
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|URL-1=FamilySearch Wiki:Patrolling
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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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Revision as of 21:50, 8 February 2012

About Patrolling Patrolling new pages Patrolling recent changes Patrolling Discussion pages

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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