Community News/Archive 1
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- 1 Wiki Contributors Corner Forum - 22 December 2010
- 2 Update from Search Product Management - Pilot vs Beta - 8 November 2010
- 3 Watch and Unwatch Bug - 9 July 2010
- 4 Wiki Success Stories
- 5 Newly Published Collections on Family Search
- 6 New wiki page designs ready for feedback
- 7 Skin options on beta FamilySearch - 30 June 2010
- 8 Testing the Wiki on FamilySearch - 7 June 2010
- 9 NGS 2010 - 27 May 2010
- 10 Combining Wiki Accounts - 20 April 2010
- 11 New Look on the Homepage - 11 April 2010
- 12 Twitter
- 13 Nominate Community Members for Recognition - 30 Mar 2010
- 14 Feedback for redesign of Home Page submitted
- 15 Feedback Requested: Proposed changes to the Home Page
- 16 Feedback Requested: Proposed changes to the FamilySearch wiki license
- 17 What's new
Wiki Contributors Corner Forum - 22 December 2010
Wiki page Moderators and Adoptors! Stay up-to-date and give your input on issues that matter to you on the Wiki Contributors Corner Forum.
Update from Search Product Management - Pilot vs Beta - 8 November 2010
Watch and Unwatch Bug - 9 July 2010
Some maintenance updates were installed on the wiki Thursday night (last night). As a result, a new bug was introduced that impacts the Watch/Unwatch feature in the wiki. Here’s a brief description of what you will experience:
When you are watching a page, the Unwatch link shows up (like it always does). Due to the bug, the Watch link will still be there, even though you are already watching the page (this is the bug).
However, if you are not watching a page, you will only see the single option to "Watch" the page. You will not see the additional "Unwatch" option.
The engineers have isolated the problem and identified a fix. They will be testing the fix and installing it to the live wiki site once the testing is completed.
Thanks to everyone for quickly reporting the problem. As a result of your watchful eyes over the wiki, we were able to quickly call in the troops and work toward the solution in a timely manner!
See also, Technical Meeting Agenda for 26 October 2010.
Wiki Success Stories
Have a Wiki success story to share with the community? We want to read about it!
Having difficulty signing in or combining accounts?
Tell us at Tech Support on the Forums. The fastest way to get help! We are listening.
Newly Published Collections on Family Search
08/18/2010 FamilySearch announces many more collections added to Historical Records, totalling 200 million names. Included are the 1910 US Census (additional data, still in progress), various additional data from vital records in several states, and about half this total is from 18 different other countries. This is said to have made familysearch.org's collection nearly the largest international family history data resource known at present.
October 2010 new collections for Historic Records are now only published in FamilySearch Beta as the closure of the Record Search site approaches FSbeta may be found at: http://fsbeta.familysearch.org
New collections added 20 October 2010
Ghana 1982-1984 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Idaho County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional indexes and images added
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)
28 October 2010
Norway 1875 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional image included
Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional images included
Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional indexes and images added
Minnesota State Census, 1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records) new indexed records
U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 1,973,884 indexed records and 52,150 digital images added
New Collections added 29 October 2010
New Collections added 5 November 2010
a further 15 collections were reworked or added to
New Collections added 9 November 2010
New York, Naturalization Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records) Eastern District
3 December 2010
FamilySearch Historical Records added collection 500 North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
New wiki page designs ready for feedback
Two new screen shots for the wiki pages on beta FamilySearch are available for viewing and feedback on the Forum.
Skin options on beta FamilySearch - 30 June 2010
As we move forward with the integration of the wiki into beta FamilySearch, we wanted to express our thanks for all the feedback received regarding the new page designs for wiki content. In addition, we wanted to let you know that when the integration is finalized there will be two options to choose from in the preferences for the default skin of the wiki pages. This preference choice will be available for a period of time to help all community members transition to the new look of our wiki content. Currently that "period of time" is undetermined, but we will let you know. If you have any questions or comments, please add them to the discussion page. Thanks!
Testing the Wiki on FamilySearch - 7 June 2010
Your feedback is critical: There are new page content designs on FamilySearch Beta for the Wiki content. Please take a few minutes to review the design changes for the Wiki on FamilySearch Beta. The details about the design changes are on the page: Moving the Wiki to FamilySearch. Add your comments to that discussion page or on the Forum thread.
- Item 1: Revised home page for states and countries
- Item 2: New spot for the search box
- Item 3: New spot for the table of contents
- Item 4: New spot for the navigational links
- Item 5: Other content styles that were fixed.
NGS 2010 - 27 May 2010
- The wiki community helped out in the FamilySearch booth in the GenTech Hall at the NGS Conference. If you were there, add your own comments to Wiki Community Shines at NGS 2010.
- Add the NGS GenTech userbox to your userpage if you helped at the booth.
Combining Wiki Accounts - 20 April 2010
The ability to automatically combine multiple Wiki accounts is now a manual process. If you would like to have your accounts combined, please post your request in the forums. You will be notified when the process is complete.
Using Twitter to promote the Wiki
New Look on the Homepage - 11 April 2010
Check out the new look on the homepage. Feed back may be given on the discussion page or on a thread in the forums.
James Anderson posted a Forum thread about how to use Twitter to promote the Wiki.
Nominate Community Members for Recognition - 30 Mar 2010
We wish to extend sincere appreciation to all of you for your participation in the Wiki and Forums Community. This is a pioneering effort and all of you are pioneers. We are planning a Wiki/Forums Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 27th at 5:30 p.m. and would like our community members to nominate contributors that have made significant contributions to our Wiki and Forums efforts. Each member may nominate up to a total of 10 individuals. Please email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7th.
The following categories have been created for your convenience. If you think of another great category, please feel free to add it. Remember, we are a community!
Helping Hands - Individuals who have been exceptionally helpful to others.
Coding Guru – Technical individuals that made the Wiki and Forums possible.
Top Content Contenders – Individuals that contributed significant amounts of content to the Wiki.
Easier & Friendlier – Individuals that have made the Wiki easier to use and understand, especially for newcomers.
Morale Builder – Individuals in the Wiki and Forums that have a talent for showing appreciation for fellow community members.
Landscaping the Wiki – Individuals who made the Wiki more attractive.
Article Design – Individuals who designed interesting articles.
Wiki Janitors – Individuals who engaged in clean up and maintenance of the wiki.
Pioneering Award – Individuals who have been long-term work horses in making the Wiki what it is today.
Feedback for redesign of Home Page submitted
Engineering now has the feedback gathered from the community and staff.
CK Whipple 18:21, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
Feedback Requested: Proposed changes to the Home Page
Feedback Requested: Proposed changes to the FamilySearch wiki license
The FamilySearch wiki uses a creative commons non-commercial license vs. the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license which is used by Wikipedia.org (as well as many other well known wikis). As the host of the wiki, we are proposing a change in the licensing of our content in order to allow our community at large greater flexibility for legitimate use of wiki content. Prior to doing so, we want to solicit community input on this planned change...CONTINUE