FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 19 June 2014

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WebEx ID: 990 733 804; 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]

Kudos go to[edit | edit source]

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

What have we heard about Salesforce vs. Yammer? Still a few months out. Invite people to Yammer, get used to it.

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.


Future meetings[edit | edit source]

Shall we have a focus for each week, rather than one subject week after week?

  • Training
  • Projects, such as red links, wanted pages: around 60,000 wanted pages mentioned in the Wiki: Ones with most links are at the top; Possibly incorporate something into existing pages.
  • Tip of the week on HTML
  • types of articles needed
  • Guest speaker
  • Where to find new information to add to the wiki
  • Focus on blogs, sites
  1. Moderators/Adopters
  2. Open forum

Summary of Yammer[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch releases NEW Freedmen's Bureau Records for Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia
  • The IL State page topic column lists a topic of "Emigration and Immigration" which is linked to an article named "Illinois Emigration and Immigration." It also lists a topic "Migration" which links to an article named "Illinois Migration." The FHL uses the topics "Emigration and Immigration" and "Migration, internal." What do you think about combining these two topics and articles on the Wiki?
  • Creation of county seat pages, cont'd: This is the decision the Wiki Governance Council came up with, regarding the creation of county seat pages.
    • We want to avoid the creation of many empty pages, UNLESS, we have a plan to fill those pages in a reasonable amount of time. Exceptions should be submitted for approval to the Wiki Community Council. If empty pages have already been created we should work on finding content for them.

User Testing update[edit | edit source]

  • There will be a new namespace assigned, so testing can be ongoing, and results will be more transparent.
  • The Illinois page will be tested starting next week


Discussion: redirecting locality pages[edit | edit source]

The Illinois page, for example, would become "Illinois Genealogy Research"

How will this affect the wiki?

  • Searching
  • Google

Wiki Support[edit | edit source]

Caleb Love

  • Usability testing of hub page
  • Volunteer committees: What types do you suggest?

Wiki Content[edit | edit source]

Review pages added or updated since new format (cont'd)

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Community Council Report[edit | edit source]

  • No meeting held, due to international travel, unavoidable appointments

Items to pose to Community Council

Meeting Notes/Minutes[edit | edit source]