FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 25 July 2013

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Kathryn Grant - usability testing on Wiki

Kudos go to

Moderators and Adopters

Conversation in the call:

1.  Moderators and Adopters will receive an email or talk page invite to next week's meeting.

Updates and follow up

 Ran out of time last week while conversing about:

  • Boston Massachusetts page:  SEO, appearance, 12,900 views 
  • Desktops vs tablets 
  • Hub page (mock up):  Massachusetts Genealogy Guide- an SEO designed page. Title chosen by FHL SEO expert.  Feedback:  Need user testing.  
  • Reason for page layout-graphics (Boston) 
  • Placement of sidebar - concern that they are mostly for volunteers and take up space.

Any additional questions or feedback?

Priority Items

Discuss issues that arise when someone changes their username.

Community Council Report

Library Council meeting cancelled for now. 


Reference tag issue:  Some are missing leading sloped bracket "<"  in ref tag.  This is causing pages to become unformatted and injects a closing reference statement. Wiki editor cannot interpret this. The page has to be manually reconstructed. Check history to see if there is an earlier version that can be used.

New Agenda Items

  • Usability testing on the wiki  -- janellv (talk| contribs) 18:54, 25 July 2013 (UTC) Where we watch how people use the wiki.

(Surveys taken once every 30 days. This would be a different type of testing.  Also, were are web analytics that may reveal more.)    

What do we want to test?

  1. Home page - How is it working as an introduction to the Wiki? Does it explain what the Wiki is and what it can do for people?
  2. Are people becoming repeat users after using it once?
  3. How does a first time user interact with the Wiki?
  4. Test format and layout of state and country pages.
  5. Test format and layout of US county/parish pages
  6. Length of time on the site (measure desire for information).

Who is our testing audience?

  1. Researcher who has never used the Wiki
  2. Family history consultants
  3. Beginning researchers
  4. Expert genealogists new to technologies
  5. Tech savvy
  6. Expert Wiki users

What do we want to know?

  1. How did the user find out the Wiki?
  2. Was the information there?
  3. Could they find the information; is it usable?
  4. Where they able to accomplish what they came to do?
  5. How much and what kind of information do they want at different levels (county, parish. province, etc.)
  6. How do users interact with the page? What do they see? What do they read?
  7. Did you find information about your ancestor?

Be bold, post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting. If your item requires details or feedback, post them on the discussion page and link to them from the agenda. Possible topics include:
  • Moderator and Adopters
  • Style Guide Discussions
  • Project Help Requests
  • Training Requests
  • Improve the Wiki

Purpose of the meeting

Improve the Wiki

  • Forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • Share best practices, ideas, and content.
  • Discuss current issues, community matters, and strategies.
  • Move issues to decision.