FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 23 August 2012

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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.

Introduce new members

Kudos go to ...

  • Nathan and his helpers in the library who are helping make a big final push on the Alabama pages.

Updates and follow up

  • The Donations article describes how to donate PDF files of records such as cemeteries, compiled genealogies, etc. to FamilySearch Books (formerly BYU Family History Archive). Does anyone have something to donate? It could be beneficial to us all to have someone actually go through this process and see how it works. Murphynw 00:22, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
  • The Guidelines need to be updated.  The resources for taking these items are very limited, personnel-wise.
  • Items need to be in pdf format.
  • Nathan will check on Wiki articles being donated after being put in pdf form


New Agenda Items

  • Could you see on a state or country page, at or near the top, something like "The 3 most important things to know about researching in Kentucky" with a format underneath similar to how wikiHow does their steps? -- janellv (talk| contribs) 16:26, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Discuss next week - concerning testing

  • Image for National Historic Images - tag can be added to images

Forums Overview

Be part of the solution! Make your opinions known! Post comments to an existing thread or start a new discussion at Wiki Contributors Corner forum.
Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week


Comments added since last week

  • Community meetings or forums? Both are needed.
  • References in the wiki "the question really isn't about whether to use footnote or endnote styles, but rather how to display information so that readers can most effectively glean it."
  • Philadelphia, PA is an example of a link to several books, rather having several links to each book (WeRelate).
  • There are different styles - giving a source, as opposed to the reference information. Quotes in the body of the document would have the souce in the footnote.
  • We need to present sufficient information to guide them to the title, etc. and then to further links for citing, etc. (endnote) The text should make the reader want to find more information on the topic, without giving too much information to muddy the waters (include the date information).
  • More discussion is needed before we change the style guide.  
    • Tasks vs. Topics "Setting up those pages to put the most desired things first might encourage new people."

Decisions made since last week

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