FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 23 Oct 2014

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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.

Welcome[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to[edit | edit source]

The whole team. When I wasn't able to do it, everyone I asked stepped up. Thank you all, Kimberly.

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

Agenda items[edit | edit source]

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Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting.

Guest Speaker[edit | edit source]

Summary of Yammer[edit | edit source]

FS Wiki Contributors group.

  • I see some Pinterest links now in the Wiki? I couldn't see any information about this in the help though.
    • I have removed Pinterest from my computer totally (virus issue?)
    • I wondered after I posted my query if this was just a link that was accidentally copied with another link as now many sites have social PinMe type link buttons. The one that I remember with a good link was for a genealogy related pin so nothing inappropriate.
    • It's a good discussion for all of us to have because there are more and more social sites coming every day. Also, we do have Facebook pages being watched and cared for by some other missionaries ( I think in Research Support). There is a movement to try to bring us together to some degree...or at least be aware of what others are doing
    • There are a whole bunch of different levels of problems with this kind of link. Much of the Pinterest content has copyright issues. I would be very careful with this.
    • When we link something from a wiki page, do we have a copyright issue?
    • When we link, we are only referencing something. They should be happy they link to their site.
    • If it is appropriate for the Wiki, do the link.
    • Images do have a copyright issue.
    • One of the links for a child ended up at a site with adds for a casino. Sites can change their content.
    • Sites with ads -- not a good idea? Be careful. Ones on cemetery sites are usually pretty OK, perhaps a site that could put questionable ads -- like one from Las Vegas
    • Content from other sources like Pinterest. Go to the site that has the info, rather than link to the Pinterest site.
    • From the Chat: There has recently been uproar surrounding copyright issues involving people pinning on Pinterest. Copyright refers to giving the actual person who created the information the credit for doing so. In order to avoid mistakes with copyright on Pinterest, you need to properly source where you found the information and who actually created it. By linking the pin back to the appropriate and original post the original picture was on; you are able to source a pin correctly and avoid the copyright mess. Most people who pin to Pinterest pin it to their boards without sourcing it and can unintentionally take the credit for it. This is a problem for the people who actually created it because they are not recognized for their own work.
      • A simple step to properly pin images to Pinterest is to use a link directly to the page URL that the actual image is currently on. When you find great key lime pie recipe to share directly from Google images it’s not much good for the original poster. The link that

from latest jump in genealogy on pinterest is over 10% of pinterest now

    • "Stealing" links from Cyndi's list" list the site as your source.
    • FamilySearch is starting a Pinterest board for memories, pictures, etc. So we will link to the official board.
  • FamilySearch Wiki:Pages Under Construction conversation continued from last week:
    • Would we be deleting pages that had content on them?
      • If a title, and a couple of words, there is no real content. Go ahead and delete.
      • Go to original author, and have a process in place. If more complex, involve Community Council or moderators or adopters, content specialists in that process.
    • I would add some questions about whether it’s part of a project.
    • This is a project that the Wiki Support Missionary team will be working on for a short period.
  • Tip: Find where coding problems might exist in an article. Type comment tags <!-- -->at the beginning and end of the problem article like so: <!-- entire article -->.
    • When you save the page, it will appear to be blank, but the coding is still there.
    • Next move the opening comment tag <!-- down the page to maybe the next paragraph and then save. The material above the <!-- will appear again.
    • If there are no problems in the reappeared material, keep moving the <!-- tag down the page and keep saving until the error shows itself.
    • After you have fixed the problem, be sure to remove the comment tags, since everything between them will not show on the page.
    • Great tip, Charles. This should help all of us who are trying to problem solve coding on a page.
  • HTML/Wikitext training continues: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. Mountain time. WebEx meeting number 0000

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Wiki Content[edit | edit source]

  • Charles Smith, presenting re:templates with parameters and their documentation.

If time permits:

  • What are some sites that you search for information to add to the Wiki?
  • Does someone have good skills for finding items in

Wiki Support[edit | edit source]

Community Council Report[edit | edit source]

Items to pose to Community Council

Discussions and Proposals[edit | edit source]

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FamilySearch Wiki - Contributor's Meeting


Discussions, Proposals, Follow-up



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News to be publicized[edit | edit source]

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  News to be publicized (on the "Community News" page)


News Item (draft)
Everyone should add items to discuss.
Anyone can post to Community News.



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access Community News
(New, Review, Final, Rejected, or Posted)

Link to Community News

Meeting Notes/Minutes[edit | edit source]

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  • Charles taught us about Parameters by using in the info boxes;

If you are interested please watch the recording of the Oct 23rd meeting