Please post messages on User discussion pages
Recently a "canned" message regarding Historical Records was posted on my User page. I suggest that such messages be posted on User's discussion pages instead. Charlene Pipkin 12:17, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
Comments on theFamilySearch Wiki page Talk:United States Census Mortality Schedule, 1850 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Dorothy said, "Thank you for your comments in the discussion page for the above article. Feel free to edit the article as needed."
To which I reply: Yes, I know that I can edit articles. Here I encounter two problems:
- I don't know the source of the material being described. I'm requesting that someone familiar with the source/s fully describe what a user is looking at.
- The guidelines for editing Historical Records articles are too complex. I'm not a new wiki user and still I get lost in that maze. Also, many record types don't fit into that pattern.
Thank you for taking the time to address my concerns.Charlene Pipkin 12:11, 5 November 2010 (UTC)
Style Guide Info on Historical Records Collection wiki articles
Hi Dorothy. Thanks for contacting me. While I think actively recruiting is a great thing, I think the info articles that support/explain the databases should first and foremost provide clear, accurate, and concise info about the genealogical information contained in the databases. The vast majority of people who read the articles will not be looking to modify them because their purpose in looking in the first place will be to answer their own questions. (I have a fairly short attention span, and am too easily waylaid from my purposes when on-line, so I am speaking from a position of experience here!) Those of us who also wear a FHC hat may look at the articles differently because they provide information that our patrons need. I think you might find greater interest in shaping those articles from those who work in Family History Centers or genealogical societies closest geographically to the data being provided. Lise 23:14, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Record Search browse images only collections
Hi Dorothy, I see that you have change the link within the wiki, on the England Diocese of Durham Bishops' Transcripts, 1700-1900 and England Norfolk Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts articles, so that someone following the link will end up in Record Search on a screen that invites them to Search records in the collection or browse images, the words browse images being a link to the same page linked from the Search by Collection, Europe page.
However if someone tries to search for anything on that page no results are found. I believe this is because the images are not yet indexed. As this is the case why not restore the link on the wiki article so that it takes a user straight to the Browse screen? --Steve 15:04, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
- Hi Steve. Now I understand what you had in mind. I'll leave the ones that you've created there. I don't think our unit will be adding that to the template at this time, however. I am trying to find out what the purpose is of having a bar with 0%. I'll e-mail you if I find that out. Thanks for being so creative! Your templates are wonderful, just what we didn't realize we were looking for until we saw them. I appreciate you working with Chris Lake. He is our main wiki guy.
- Thank you. Now you understand why I had added the option to change the link to the Browse screen, I will restore the ones I had already changed. I have already told Chris about this option being available in the template. --Steve 15:49, 1 April 2010 (UTC)