User group meeting minutes 5 May 2009

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Wiki Community Meeting Minutes
5 May 2009 at 2 pm
Note taker: Baerbel Johnson

Discussion Items:


1. WIKI tables can turn into “oversized monsters”

This is a known problem that just hasn’t made it into the queue to get fixed yet. As a short-term solution try call-spacing and make the table a little narrower.

2. style guidelines for naming countries in the WIKI


Originally, it had been agreed to use the names as listed in the CIA Fact Book. Here, for instance, “Netherlands” has recently been changed to “Nederland”. The Wikipedia lists both the English and native country names in each article, usually in the introductory paragraph before the outline.

It was decided to present some proposed style guidelines for geographic names on the discussion page for the Manual of Style. David Dilts will present a first draft there.[ Seehere]
Comments and suggestions are very welcome!

3. Possible improvement of the unwieldy structure of the forums 

Molly explained the WIKI and the forums operate separately at this point, and that improvements in forum functionality are planned to take place within a couple of months.

4. Link to the WIKI Manual of Style


As requested, a link to WIKI Manual of Style (MOS) was placed on the top of the community meeting page and in today’s minutes:

https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki_talk:Manual_of_Style

The Manual of Style, and the link need to be kept up-to-date.