FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 5 June 2014

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WebEx ID: 0000; Join the meeting; Dial-in number: Local / International: 1-801-240-9700 U.S. Toll-Free: 1-855-537-4000; 1 p.m. Mountain time on Thursdays

  • You can join up to 10 minutes early. If you try to join the meeting at any other time, you will get an error that the meeting doesn't exist.

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]

Attendance: Barbara, David (user guidance), Lise, Jim L, Ruth, Linda, Wilma (conducting), Jane, Diana, Caleb, Giuseppe

Particularly welcome back to Jane

Kudos go to[edit | edit source]

Jim Landucci for giving a new eye to looking at our wiki

"thinking outside of the box

To the Support team working on the red links

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

  • Have we heard anything about the upgrade? no

Agenda items[edit | edit source]

Be bold, post your agenda items!

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


  • Who knows how to link to the recordings of these meetings?AdkinsWH 17:35, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Summary of Yammer[edit | edit source]

Posts to FS Wiki Contributors group May 28 and after:

  • Trying to identify barn-raising projects - likely around a geographic area. Comments included: to help people make a difference
  • Welcomed back a previous contributor
  • Plans for posting the test page to the Wiki. No comments made.
  • A few cartoons

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Who has a list of their emails, so moderators will be notified each time? Also, we need agenda items specifically for moderators and adopters.AdkinsWH 17:13, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

10-15 minutes: Open discussion, and propose agenda items for future moderator meetings:

  • Contributors with no user page, no email. What can a moderator do?

Wiki Content[edit | edit source]

10 minutes:

  • The mockup page for Illinois has been posted to the Wiki as of Wednesday, June 4th. This was not announced, since the testers wanted to see the "natural" results of people coming to the page for research, not people coming to look at the changes.
    • This is a beta test, from which we should learn much.
    • Before the page is posted "for real" (sometime in June), bloggers and others will be notified so they can drive people to the page. This will let us gather comments and measurements of clicked and unclicked links and so much more.
    • A suggestion was made to coordinate the colors of the bars with the colors on the map.
      • We want all the bars the same color. Different colors may send a message of more or less importance.
      • The colors on the maps most likely need to be changed to FamilySearch colors, which will match the color of the bars. Won't be done for Illinois soon.
      • Will experiment on this suggestion on another state soon.
    • Most of you realize this reformatting is spurred by the need to upgrade the MediaWiki software, which will dramatically impact the pages.


Question related to the FS colors: Could someone please provide a written definition and a list of colors (and the corresponding HTML codes) for the colors that are considered FS colors?
Caleb was asked to get updated design/color requirement. (He would post such on Yammer later in the day)

Wiki Support[edit | edit source]

  • Projects hub - Caleb (not covered at this meeting)

Community Council Report[edit | edit source]

  • Jane showed us some wiki comments and stats based upon the pop-up survey. Many comments were about the survey itself. These included comments about the indexing instructions, which should not—but do—affect the Wiki stats.
  • Discussed town/county pages: in most states not needed. Do come up with a way so people can find the county a town or city is in through the wiki. Some alternatives were mentioned. Wilma will explore further, get Yammer input.
    • exceptions are New England states, New York and a few others

Items to pose to Community Council


Meeting Notes/Minutes[edit | edit source]

Who is responsible, or who can post the links to past meetings... answer:Robin

This meeting - held every first Thursday of the month is particularly for moderators and adopters - so an extra welcome to Lise and Jane today.

This is the meeting place for dialogue to engage this group- we need to reach more moderators and focus less on support issues - get back to content and contributors of such

Jane- historically this meeting had less support people and more library people - yet they were pulled out. Never had other adopters other than Jane who was also a moderator. Typically this was considered more of an internal meeting.

Some discussion of whether the Council pulled some away from this meeting, but that did not appear to be a reason.

This meeting has a need to be easier for anyone to join in. It is fun to chat, brainstorm and see what others are working on. It is a catalyst for discussion.

Yammer not being pushed as a communication tool as FS is awaiting moving to Salesforce Chatter.

Perhaps taking time at these meetings to teach something that pertains to the wiki would be of interest - such as editing lessons, pinterest, blogging, archives.org, etc

Caleb mentioned that the Support team is needing to make things more simple. Results are coming in from a "pop-up" wiki survey.

1. The pop up comes up too quickly when patron gets on a page
2. Adding town/city within states
this goes against what Council feels the wiki needs. Discussion ensued regarding Council's opinion
makes for too many pages
some attendees felt that if the city or town pages had content, they were well worth having.
Objection to the county seat pages as understood (perhaps incorrectly) by the Council. [too many pages]

Community Council going through a change. There will be four new positions opening up on the council while others transition out.

New format for today's meeting. Discussion/opinions/suggestions

appreciated, people liked ALOT. "enjoyed" (more input, more items covered)