FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 17 May 2011

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1 p.m. Mountain time on Tuesdays

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Purpose of the meeting

  • To forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • To discuss content, community, best practices, current issues, and strategy.

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Introduce new members[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to ...[edit | edit source]

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

Forums Overview[edit | edit source]

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.
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New since last week

Comments added since last week

Decisions made since last week

Project Help Requests[edit | edit source]

Need help with your project? See a project that needs to be done? Add it here:

Training Requests[edit | edit source]

  • Setting up projects training by Jimmy Parker
  1. Idaho
    • Identify Project Leader who can define what it is you want to accomplish and how, a clear picture of what you want to see.
    • Clearly define project scope and create Welcome page to define what you are trying to do - naming convention is: "FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject ____________"
    • Seek volunteers to help
    • Define tasks and train volunteers to do simple tasks to begin with, define the specific steps so that they aren't overwhelmed with too much to do
    • Add current tasks needing volunteers to Welcome page
    • Add Completed Tasks section
    • On each task page, define task and include sign-up sheet for task
    • Task Description
    • Assignment Chart
    • Define Sprints - periods of time where you want to get specific things done
    • Large table where everything is displayed with what is and isn't done is a motivating factor - you want to get the blanks filled out.
    • Held weekly meeting in MeetingPlace as well as created group in Skype, which helped to keep the project moving along
  2. Indians of North America
    • Basic concept was the same, but we didn't define the tasks as specifically and that's one of the things that was learned here. Not enough planning done beforehand, which made it less effective in the end

Improve the Wiki[edit | edit source]

  • How to tell the world about book collections or other unique genealogical materials in the possession of small FHCs that are not in the main FHL catalog. I know we don't normally allow lists in the Wiki but what about separate pages listing these materials linked to the FHC that have collections. Bookcat, for example, cost $17 to about $30 or more to set up collections in their date base. Considering how many FHC there are that could run into some money. Maybe there could be some way to get this stuff into the FHL catalog so it could be search from there. I'm sure that the volunteers from these centers would be glad to input this material into the FHL catalog if a way could be set up for it.
  • Welcome messages - for those whose posts are on talk pages - how to format when there is a question rather than a contribution:
  • Patron wants to get a hold of the contributor of a page
  • Research question - help me find this person in my family
  • Question about the content on the talk page
  • How to contribute something to the wiki
  • Welcome message for questions

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]