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A WikiProject is a collection of pages or activities devoted to helping to grow and develop the wiki or add content to a specific topic or locality.&nbsp; With a WikiProject, you can:
 
#Bring groups of people together to work on a project
#Separate out the work that needs to be done
#Give instructions that can always be updated within the wiki
#Find the best ways to communicate with each other<br>
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}}[[Image:Icon project.png|right|100px|Icon project.png]] A '''WikiProject''' is a community venture in which contributors work together to create a collection of pages devoted to a specific topic or family of topics within FamilySearch Wiki. WikiProjects consist of project pages, which enable the management of the work, and content pages, which provide genealogical guidance. All known WikiProjects are listed at [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject/Projects Seeking Contributors|Projects Seeking Contributors]]. This page is a collection of best practices about how to launch a wikiproject and organize a team of contributors to write the associated content pages. 
== Define the project, then recruit ==
 
A wiki project is defined on a project page, which documents a project's scope, assignments, and progress. Many wikis contain chicken-and-egg discussions about which to do first -- recruit a team or create the project page. Creating a project page first helps to define the scope of the project and possible assignments. Knowing what you want volunteers to do is very helpful when recruiting them because that helps you to recruit for specific skill sets. It also helps prospective volunteers commit with confidence, knowing that the tasks waiting for them are a good fit for their skills.
== Components of a project page ==
 
Some possible components of a project page are:
=== Creating the project page ===
 
If you would like to create a new project, follow the [[Help:Creating a new WikiProject|naming conventions for WikiProjects]] to help make your project easy to find:
== People propel projects ==
 Successful projects aren't launched just by <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269024964356_567" />creating a project page. A project isn't a project without a group of contributors. If you want a project to succeed, recruit a group of dedicated people who will commit to adding content on a regular basis.
== Roles ==
 
Project volunteers may play a variety of roles. (Note these are not system roles requiring specific system permissions; these are socially-defined roles within a project.) Here are some possible roles or skillsets that project leaders might want to recruit for:<br>
== Be a friend -- communicate often ==
 
A wonderful way to make teammates feel appreciated is to look for them on the system and continually ask whether they have any questions. It doesn't even matter if you know the answers -- you may just help them get answers by routing the questions to the right people. There are many tools you can use to communicate with other contributors:
=== Finding your teammates ===
 
One way to find your teammates is to add links to each of their Talk pages to the project page. (For an example, see the [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Indians of North America#Contributors|Contributors section of the Indians of North America Project]].) When you leave messages on their Talk page, the system will send them an e-mail to notify them.
== Orient new contributors by issuing challenges ==
 
To orient new contributors regarding how to use the wiki technology and how to work in teams, issue them challenges periodically. For a list of orientation challenges used in one project, see [[WikiProject: Rural Records of the Southern United States#Orientation.C2.A0challenges|WikiProject: Rural Records of the Southern United States]].
== Have writers periodically report percentage of completeness ==
 
Project leaders find that it is useful for team members periodically report their progress. (For example, see the [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Indians of North America#Current_Sprint:_3_February_2010_to_2_March_2010|Indians of North America project]].) This allows team members to see how the project is progressing overall. This yields a sense of group achievement, and can motivate team members to contribute more to "keep up" with their teammates.
== Completeness: blood-rare does not equal well done ==
 
When regarding an article, each writer's idea of "complete" is different. For some, a wiki article will seem ok and to another author the article will seem lacking content. Some will use headings; some will link to many useful Websites; some will research exhaustively; some will link to OCLC/Worldcat rather than just citing Family History Library Catalog listings; some will add source citations; some will link to related articles; some will post queries on related forums and e-mail lists to get information from other experts. Some will do these things, and some won't.
One possible solution is to work with several writers and see if they can form a team of sorts to add content. Find one writer that for example knows how to add OCLC/Worldcat info, another to add FHL calls, and maybe a third to add ISBNs once the technical issue with those is resolved, and so forth. Have them do their work in no particular order, since there is no real need for one to 'go first' when editing a page. Still other teams could be set up to add specific content to pages such as references regarding land records, census data, probate, etc., so there is a specialist adding content to pages that knows the territory well.
All can edit the same content as sometimes experts miss the most obvious information regularly. This is the purpose of the wiki that everyone who has something to add will add their content and this is how the wiki will continue to grow. [[User:JamesAnderson|JamesAnderson]]
== Measuring correlation between # of edits and&nbsp;% done ==
 The topics pages linked from the Maryland Barn Raising page indicate that there may be a correlation between number of edits to a page and how close it is to being "finished." This is true with longer pages like [[Maryland Military Records|Maryland Military Records]], [[Maryland Societies|Maryland Societies]], and [[Maryland Maps|Maryland Maps]], not short pages like [http://www.nndb.com/geo/841/000062655/bibliography/ Maryland Bibliography]. There may be some kind of ratio our community can use to calculate&nbsp;% progress on an article we must revise based on its initial word count before revision begins vs. its number of edits or character count of edits as the article progresses. [[User:RitcheyMT|Ritcheymt]]
== Make assignments more granular than "Revise Page X using Template Y" ==
 It is more effective when contributors are given smaller assignments and more detailed than "Revise Article X using the headings on page Y." A successful suggestion for volunteers is this:
#Creation of tables for each state listing county creation dates and parent counties such as [[Maryland County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Maryland County Creation Dates and Parent Counties]]. The request for volunteer Dsammy's help on this project was made on his user:talk page under the heading [[User talk:Dsammy#Need_your_help.2C_Sammy|Need your help, Sammy]].
== Watch for "edit stalking" ==
 Each contributor has strengths and weaknesses. Some contributors focus all their efforts on watching the contributions of others and adding value to their articles. If User A writes several articles and User B systematically jumps in and edits several of them, this can leave User A feeling as if he is being stalked. It breeds some resentment and defensiveness, even if User B is adding good stuff to User A's articles. If you get signals that this is going on, it's a good idea to redirect User B towards creating a body of fresh, new content rather than following User A's contributions and fixing them. There is a lot of new ground to be planted in the wiki; a lot that has never been developed; a lot of places, topics, and records that have never been written about. It's easier to keep everybody happy if contributors aren't made to feel like somebody is watching and policing all their contributions. In order to keep all the contributors happy, it is sometimes necessary to tell a contributor "Why don't you write [New Content X] rather than dressing up [Someone Else's Content Y].
== It helps to adopt a formal management process ==
 Project managers in the professional world use formal management processes to help teams progress efficiently on projects. One popular management process, called Scrum, has been very helpful to employees in the LDS Family History Department. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDDO3ob-4ZY ''Agile vs. Waterfall: A Tale of Two Teams''] is an artful, 8-minute video contrasting the burnout, distraction, and stressfulness of waterfall management with the focus, motivation, productivity and high morale of the Scrum process. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5k7a9YEoUI ''Scrum in under 10 Minutes''] is a short introduction to Scrum by Hamid Shojaee. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development) ''Scrum''] is the WikiPedia article on Scrum.
== Require consensus, not just majority, for many-page style changes ==
 If you're running a project which requires a similar style or layout over many pages, arrive at the initial style for the first draft through majority vote. But after the first draft of these pages is created, require a consensus of about 70% for any subsequent change proposals. If adoption of a change proposal requires only a shift in majority opinion, and the topic at issue is a good one, majority opinion will change back and forth many times as new contributors are added to the project. This forces the community to rewrite or restructure large groups of pages repeatedly as majority opinion shifts back and forth. Instead, after the original drafts are written, require a consensus of 70% before a change is made. This quells wasteful re-work while still enabling the most essential changes to happen. For a more detailed discussion and use case, see [http://michaeltoddritchey.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/community-authoring-consensus-and-avoiding-re-work/ Community Authoring, Consensus and Avoiding Re-work].
== Virtual meetings ==
 
A wiki team is usually spread across a wide geographic area, making face-to-face meetings impossible. But many project teams find that periodic meetings help them make better progress on a project.
=== Software ===
 
Several free or low-cost Web-based tools allow groups to hold virtual meetings using their computers and phone lines.
 
*[https://www.yugma.com/# Yugma] allows up to 20 users to meet virtually for free. If you have tried Oneeko, share your thoughts on its performance on [[Talk:How to Run or Manage a Wiki Project|this article's Talk page]].
*[http://www.oneeko.com/ Oneeko] is an inexpensive tool ($50/yr. for the instructor) that allows screen sharing, chat, shared markup, whiteboarding, file transfer, and Web cam support for up to 8 people. Oneeko requires no download. If you have tried Oneeko, share your thoughts on its performance on [[Talk:How to Run or Manage a Wiki Project|this article's Talk page]].
=== Recording meetings ===
 
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If you can, record or at least take minutes of meetings. Recordings make it easier to:
 
*Remember instructions given by team leaders.
*Remember technical tips or guidance given by wiki veterans.
*Review and troubleshoot dependencies and bugs.
*Document and troubleshoot bugs mentioned.
 
== See also ==
 When your project is complete, or needs to go inactive; please update the following link [[FamilySearch_WikiFamilySearch Wiki:WikiProjects_Seeking_ContributorsWikiProjects Seeking Contributors/Inactive#United_States_Wiki_Projects|WikiProjects Seeking Contributors/Inactive]].
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