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New Wiki Missionary Training Agenda - 2013

First Week

1. Getting to know you
Make a tab or favorite box on toolbar. (This is where you will place all the URL's for your mission.)
Choose a project to work on. (Each missionary is to pick their own project. This should be a town or county that is not well developed in the Wiki. Please don’t pick counties from these states: New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, Idaho, and Utah)

2. MeetingPlace & Skype
Go to Meeting Place training Introduction at:
Go to Skype - explain chats on Skype.

3. Introduction to the Wiki

4. Wiki Overview. Before the class – go through the both Wiki Overview courses
(These PowerPoint type presentations are interactive, be sure to click on each purple tab (box) to read more about the information on that particular page.)
In class, discuss:
• What is in the Wiki?
• How is it organized - where are you researching?
• Look at County/State/County levels (all jurisdictions)
• See what’s available
• What is good, what’s needed?
• Wiki Navigation (purple boxes)
• Categories
• Wiki Navboxes/Menus
Assignment: Review the two links on Wiki Basics and Navigation

5. Guiding Principles & Policies
Assignment: Review the above link

Second Week
Spend after class this week to work on the project you picked on day one. This should be a county or town page in the wiki. This should be a page that isn’t very well filled out Please don’t pick counties from these states: New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, Idaho, Utah
Your trainer will take the county or town page you have chosen and populate (i.e. copy and paste) it on each your personal Sandbox page. Take the time after class filling it out. Be prepared to share your work with your trainer as requested.
1. User pages and Sandbox.
User page
Create your personal User Page. (Be sure to use your exact user name as you do to sign in to FamilySearch, including appropriate capitalization) Write a quick fact about yourself.

Create your personal Sandbox page. (This is your work–in-progress page.)
Homework, review the following pages, following the links in the pages

2. Wiki Editing Tutorials Before the class – go through these two videos
(Remember to click on each purple tab within the pages)
Editing Articles
How pages are organized
(This link starts part way down the page at Wiki Editor Training)
Section headings
Look at pages that are done to see how they are organized

3. Adding Links
Internal vs. external links This puts a link symbol behind text.
Review noting:
The meaning of various symbols for external links; Interwiki Links (i.e. Wikipedia links); and Inter-language links. These use templates that you will learn about in our next few lessons.

4. Images. Before the class – Watch the broadcast on Inserting Images and Using Templates and follow the link for Images and files (Remember to click on each purple tab within the pages, including “View Image” within the text) (review each link within this page-some of these are quite advanced, just know that they are available to you)
Learn how to upload as a patron would upload (This is the same link as the 2nd bulleted item on the Help:Image and files link above)
Link to upload an image for authorization is found under Email File for Authorizaton (This link is found in your toolbox under Upload file)
Assignment: For review, watch this video about adding Images.

5. Templates

Before class: Watch this video about using Templates.

Class lesson:

Mid-training Assignment: Updating your user page.
Write a little more about yourself on your user page.
If you chose to have a picture of yourself on your page, this would be a good place to practice adding an external image to the Wiki.
Add the Support Userbox and any other userboxes you’d like. Userboxes are located at
Third Week Goal of the 3-4th weeks are to get you ready and prepared to do everything in your schedule.

1. Frequently used Links
Preparing for working in the Wiki
Maintenance Templates
Watching pages

2. Talk Pages in the Wiki

3. Advanced contributing topics: Introduction to Wikitext

4. Wiki Support overview – there are things that we do every day that relate to the first two items; you’ll be given responsibilities in special projects relating to some of these as well.
Contributors – answer questions, provide training
Maintenance – make sure we have a clean wiki
International wikis – support their needs

5. Patrolling: New Pages
Namespaces – like filing cabinets
FamilySearch Wiki
Talk (one for each)

Fourth Week
1. Categorization / Stubs
A stub is an article with minimal content that needs to be expanded. Placing the stub template on an article categorizes it, grouping it with other articles that are also in need of additional content. To find a list of stub articles, see the
Lengthy articles are not considered stubs, even if they need links to other wiki articles or copy editing. Instead, add a Cleanup template. See the table of maintenance templates that can be used to classify articles according to contribution needed.
There is no specific size at which an article stops being a stub. Very short articles may often be stubs, but only if they do not adequately cover the subject of the article. An article of only a few short paragraphs may cover all the important information on a particular topic and so would not be classified as a stub. Length is not the determining factor. An article with headings and subheadings but no content should be categorized as a stub. Use the EMPTY SECTION template to identify empty sections within more complete articles.

2. Maintenance Templates – review from Week 3
Watch for general issues?
Steps to do it, read diffs, etc.?
Different types of pages in the wiki – approve w/o stubs
Historical Records

3. Patrolling: Talk pages / Recent Changes
Patrolled/Non-patrolled pages Showing/hiding patrolled pages/edits – explain how moderators and admins don’t have to have their pages patrolled. Click on Hide patrolled edits to only show those pages that need patrolling. That should show you all the items highlighted in the color orange. New pages created that are not in orange were probably created by someone else with Moderator rights; their pages do not need to be patrolled.

4. Different views of a page: Page / Edit / Talk / History (same link as week 3, day 1)
How a talk page should be organized – title, indented responses, and signing comments
Clean up Talk Pages
As you review patron posts, ensure that the talk page discussions are clean and make sense.
There are 3 things that make a clean Talk Page:
Subject Headings in front of each separate question
Responses are indented
Comments are signed
When comments are not signed, you can:
*Add the Unsigned template to the page.
*On the History of the Talk page, copy the contributor's username (text copy) and insert that into the template in place of the User name.
*Copy the date and time from the History page (text copy) and replace that in the template in place of the time, date month, year (leave the (UTC)).
*Information copied into the template:
Fixing the amp;amp; problem (find example)

5. Link to Wikitext cheat sheets (Explain concept of Wikitext again – the coding makes the page look like this)

Check Prioritized Categories
Deleting pages – what makes an “urgent” deletion need? Spammers, inappropriate content, etc.?
Be careful of clicking on any links that look suspicious
Mouse over the link, look at the URL in the lower right, do NOT click if it looks wrong
How the HELP ME template works
Copyright in the Wiki – what the creative commons license is (James Tanner might be willing to teach about this)
Understand the scope of the wiki is (see the Purpose & Appropriate Topics page)

Get Satisfaction
Handling the suggestions that come in from patrons.

To train on later

General Training
• TeamViewer
• Sharing a desktop on Skype?
• Knowing how to conduct on MeetingPlace
• Moderators