FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 19 June 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.


Kudos go to


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

Agenda items

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

Future meetings

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

  • 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?
    • Migration is totally different. Is there another term that is clear to new people?
    • Settlers?
    • Need to minimize confusion, increase understanding
    • Perhaps not combine them.
  • 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.
      • Clarification is needed for roles and differences between the councils, what is the process? To be continued.

User Testing update

  • 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

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

How will this affect the wiki?

  • Searching
  • Google

Wiki Support

Caleb Love

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

Wiki Content

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

Moderators and Adopters

Community Council Report

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

Items to pose to Community Council

Meeting Notes/Minutes