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<div style="font-size:25px; color:maroon; ">'''A call for Feedback!'''</div>
 
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'''We need your feedback!''' We are eager to hear input and feedback from you because the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a community driven, community maintained site.  Our goal is to make the FamilySearch Research Wiki a friendly, welcoming place that is easy to use and make contributions to, for both experts and beginners alike.  Please leave your comments regarding any suggestions, solutions, or any of the following issues you may have encountered.
 
'''We need your feedback!''' We are eager to hear input and feedback from you because the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a community driven, community maintained site.  Our goal is to make the FamilySearch Research Wiki a friendly, welcoming place that is easy to use and make contributions to, for both experts and beginners alike.  Please leave your comments regarding any suggestions, solutions, or any of the following issues you may have encountered.
 
<center>'''''We want to hear about the <font color="maroon">good</font>, the <font color="maroon">bad</font>, and the <font color="maroon">ugly</font>.'''''</center><br>
 
<center>'''''We want to hear about the <font color="maroon">good</font>, the <font color="maroon">bad</font>, and the <font color="maroon">ugly</font>.'''''</center><br>
:*Was the wiki easy to use and figure out?
 
:*Could you can find what you were looking for?
 
:*Was contributing to the wiki easy and explained appropriately?
 
:*How hard was it to find the help needed to navigate the wiki or to contribute?
 
:*Did you find the help you needed and if you did, where did you find it?
 
:*What were your wiki experiences and how can we make them better?
 
:*Can you explain what challenges you face in doing your genealogy research?
 
Please provide us with any comments on other subjects related to this wiki, its community, its functionality, your expectations, or your wish list.  '''We want to build a better wiki.'''
 
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{{notice|'''Post your comments or concerns as well as your suggestions or solutions to the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]] associated with this article.<br><br>The [[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]] is being watched so we will try to find the answers or record your input for future evaluation.'''}}<br>
 
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The Governance Council needs your feedback, ideas, and suggestions! With a lot of our effort currently focused on format and standardization, we need you feedback and ideas to answer the questions: What's working? What's not working? How can we improve?
  
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While we cannot promise to address every issue immediately or implement all solutions and ideas posted, your voice will be heard and all of them will be reviewed by the governance council."
  
Written and verbal feedback already received has been posted below. Please feel free to&nbsp;sign your comments&nbsp;or leave them anonymous. Thanks!&nbsp;Kara aka [[User:Ckwahlquist|CK Whipple]] 17:40, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
 
  
 
  
<div style="font-size:20px; color:#826687; ">'''Feedback'''</div>
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== What's working? ==
 
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<center><font color="maroon">'''This feedback page is being reactivated so please "Get Involved".''' (2015)<br>Use the '''[[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]]''' for comments.</font></center>
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There is nothing like Familysearch's Family History Research Wiki. It is an excellent resource for both novice and veteran genealogists to identify the online and offline resources that can help them add names and stories to their family tree. If researchers find a shortcut or an inexpensive alternative to what is currently listed, they can change it. In a rapidly changing online environment, having a wiki that anyone can update and modify is a very effective way of staying relevant. It also empowers local experts to ensure accurate and reliable sources are mentioned and provide some tricks and tips to those who are new to researching that area.
  
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Below are some comments from years past so if these issues are still relevant today please repeat or restate them on the '''[[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]]''' so that the issue will be re-evaluated.  Use the information below as guide to the type of issues raised before and that may possibly still be important today.
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== How can we improve? ==
 
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If you feel comfortable editing this page, you can add a response to one of these existing comments. Please use use indentation by putting a colon ( '''<nowiki>:</nowiki>''' ) in front of your comment so the new information is readily apparent.  New feedback can also be added to the '''''[[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]]''''' as well as any other comments if you prefer not to edit the article itself.
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1. The bright red warning "If you are unable to edit the wiki after logging in, you will need to request editing rights using this form. You will be notified when editing rights are granted" is <span style="color:red">ugly</span>. Can you change it to black?
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=='''Current issues and responses log'''==
 
[[Template:Feedback response|To access this table for editing, click here.]]
 
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==The Research Wiki==
 
 
 
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| align="left"  |You really need to dumb it down.&nbsp; It is like computer geeks don't know how to talk to everyday people.
 
| align="left"  | Add a condensed How-to section at the beginning of the current help articles which only provides the "easy as 1-2-3" information in "non-computeriese" language  Also see note below.
 
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| align="left"  | see note above. <font color="green">Also see, as a '''possible''' solution the "Easy as 123" section in the [[Help:Navigation Basics]], the [[Help:Image maps]], and [[New_to_Genealogy_-_Beginners_First_Step|an article example]].</font>
 
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| align="left"  | Need to better utilize "hub" pages that provide a guided tour.
 
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| align="left"  | Sorry, I just find it a pain to work with and postpone it as long as I can!!!
 
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"There's no way to know if my feedback is heard, so why bother?"
 
:I can totally understand! What if&nbsp;I created a page where users can view the progress of issues that have been submitted.&nbsp; At least you will be able to see what is in progress and the date things are finished.&nbsp; Communication isn't communication if it isn't two-way.&nbsp; I&nbsp;will do my best to get information out to you.[[User:Ckwahlquist|Kara aka CK Whipple]] 02:34, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
 
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*<font color="maroon"> BUT still need mechanism wherein comments get reviewed (not by just one person)
 
*also need a way to move comments forward (up the chain of command) so that they are properly addressed (by the GC or CC or Support or engineering) and not just forgotten. </font><br>
 
Each comment should have a response or solution posted on a single Feedback page.
 
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| align="left" | Talk pages need to be template and threaded and make it easier to add and respond topics for discussion.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">There is a template now available, {{tl|Discussion Conventions}}, which contains a "start a new topic" box which then only requires typing to make an entry.</font><br>Luccagenes 19:01, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
 
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| align="left" | The wiki is not very friendly - how do you connect with other contributors or see if someone else is working on what you want to do?
 
| align="left" | <font color="maroon">This is still an issue. Any suggestions?</font>
 
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| align="left" | Requests for fixes are not responded to. There is serious lack of communication.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">See page [[FamilySearch Wiki:Known Issues|Known issues]] for the status of fix requests</font>, <font color="maroon">although it must be kept up-to-date better.</font>
 
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| align="left" | You need a place on wiki for feedback.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">An attempt to reactivate this page is underway.</font><br>Luccagenes 19:01, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
 
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| align="left" | Why do we need forums separate from the wiki? And a separate sign-in?
 
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| align="left" | Don't like having to sign in again to link to the forum.
 
| align="left" | Forums no longer exist
 
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| align="left" | The Community Portal is too cluttered. Is it even being monitored?
 
| align="left" | Portal pages have been eliminated.
 
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| align="left" | The front page is very cluttered - need specific places to go.
 
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| align="left" | The colors are bland.
 
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| align="left" | LDSphilanthropies.org has more color. It is a church website.
 
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| align="left" | The first screen (home page) needs to be more user friendly and inviting.
 
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| align="left" | The wiki is beige and boring.
 
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| align="left" | Wiki is bland - it needs to look more creative.
 
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| align="left" | The wiki needs a "Here's what you will love" opening matrix, if possible.
 
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| align="left" | I'm discouraged by the complexities: talk pages on multiple levels, forums, creating columns/tables, importing images, placing signatures on a talk page is different than doing so in forums, sandboxes, user pages, why there can't be one editing tool instead of two that do two different things.
 
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| align="left" | What value is the wiki? It doesn't seem organized. The home page needs to be simplified, attractive and clear.
 
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| align="left" | The site is too crowded and disorganized. I&nbsp;have to scroll to find the navigation. Home should be on top.
 
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| align="left" | The wiki has incomplete and cryptic information and unsure lead-in to it. Needs to open with 10-15 research categories to stimulate and direct the user.
 
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| align="left" | Need clear meaningful categories of real interest up front. Step-by-step, simple and attractive. '''Don't bury links in sentences or paragraphs.'''
 
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| align="left" | The countries are good, especialy USA but general and incomplete.&nbsp; The map to the States is great!
 
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| align="left" | Wiki needs to start out with a better opening. What should I&nbsp;do once I&nbsp;get there? Once in a country or category it gets better.
 
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| align="left" | When I&nbsp;first tried to explore the site I got lost or was refused entry.
 
| align="left" | Still too easy to "get lost" and not find what you are looking for although "locations" seem straight forward.
 
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| align="left" | I&nbsp;had a hard time finding "Home". Most sites have it on top center or left to easily get back to the home page.
 
| align="left" | The "home" link should be the very first thing on the sidebar. <font color="green"> The new version may correct this issue</font>
 
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| align="left" | Home is hard to find.
 
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| align="left" | It's hard to figure out if something is already there.
 
| align="left" | Need better search options or instructions to find topics (to prevent page/topic duplication)
 
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| align="left" | Where does a particular piece of information go. It is hard to figure out.
 
| align="left" | Categories don't ensure you have located all relevant articles.  It is unreasonable to have a user scan through a thousand of categories to identify the right one to use.
 
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| align="left" | Where is the 'creative' team? A real '''Home Page''' is needed to attract people to this web-site.
 
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| align="left" | '''Put buttons on there that help people navigate or find instructions on how to input their own information. '''In English please and not computerese! Also a 'contact' button where people can send e-mails and have them answered!
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">For the second item: Numerous help options are available, see [[Template:Find help|Find help]] and there is also a [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14VmNPMohPc_RW7tC-Hn2w5lB_GUNAM_cnHw0RsTjq1Q/viewform?formkey=dFlES2FLbHFwNHFJV054RWtaNUEwRnc6MQ submit form] that is responded to via email.</font>
 
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| align="left" | For every country have a file where people can put copies of pictures in (plus the link where it was taken from), so that when they want to add a picture they can go to that file and copy and paste it instead of having to follow so many steps to add a picture - that will also assure that people can check on the copyright of that picture.
 
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| align="left" | When you minimize your screen on your monitor, the navigation on the right side of the page (or anything that is on that side) should not disappear to the bottom of the screen where people can't find it.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">This is a known issue with the current software version (must have zoom set to 100% or more).  The upcoming new version should eliminate this problem.</font>
 
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| align="left" | Great application!!! Fun to use. Keep text on the left instead of RHS. Better to scroll to navigation rather than for every line of text. It's time to nail down the place naming policy. Glitz and colour are unimportant.
 
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| align="left" | The wiki is hard to use because it is hard to figure out the best way to search. Perhaps add a few tips on how to search.
 
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| align="left" | Have to hunt for things. They are buried.&nbsp;Can't find what I'm looking for.
 
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| align="left" | Need to be able to connect with someone that can help me.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">Numerous help options are available, see [[Template:Find help|Find help]] </font>
 
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| align="left" | There needs to be a place for people who don't know how to do it.
 
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| align="left" | I don't know what to put in there so I use information from others. You need a format that we help fill in. It is too hard to create it ourselves.
 
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| align="left" | I would like to contribute but it is so hard that I resent the time I have to put in on it. People around me don't want to be intruded upon.
 
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| align="left" | If I have trouble on other sites I write them and they respond to me.
 
| align="left" | <font color="green">There is a [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14VmNPMohPc_RW7tC-Hn2w5lB_GUNAM_cnHw0RsTjq1Q/viewform?formkey=dFlES2FLbHFwNHFJV054RWtaNUEwRnc6MQ submit form] that is responded to via email.  You can use it to suggest or add content as well as using it for questions.</font>
 
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| align="left" | We need contact with a person who knows it to help us learn.
 
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| align="left" | Too much training required to even start - discouraging. Needs to be 1 2 3 done.
 
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| align="left" | <font color="green"> For some the passion goes beyond researching one’s own family.  This passion could include the desire to help others achieve the same passion that you have.  Contributing your knowledge to the wiki about how you found, organized, verified, and documented your family history is a worthy pursuit in and of itself.  If you located information that is generally not public knowledge, this too could help others find their families or knock down someone else’s [[Solving_Tough_Research_Problems—Overcoming_Brick_Walls|brick wall]]. </font>
 
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When a new editor clicks on this, they are taken to a very generic FamilySearch help page (and there is no box there for Wiki-help). I would think a solution to this would be to add a wiki box on that page, <br>
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or better yet change the help page to [[Wiki_Support#Talk_with_Us|this support page instead]]. As someone with experience with Wikipedia I can easily code and tell you these things. Most new comers trying to give feedback would probably just give up and disappear.
  
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*Answer: The FamilySearch Wiki is is powered by Media Wiki, the same wiki software that is used by Wikipedia. When we launched the newest version of the wiki we removed a lot of custom coding that was causing all kinds of bugs in the wiki and went back to the same out of the box settings the wikipedia has so that we would be better able to avoid many of the bugs we faced previously as we move forward. We use the same font-size as Wikipedia.''
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::**Reply:I usually use the Firefox browser. Today I checked using Chrome and Internet Explorer. Unlike Firefox, which has Wikipedia in a bigger font, the other 2 are the same size, as you indicated. So this must be a browser issue I guess.
  
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5. I've noticed a there's a push for creating more articles, rather than improve existing articles.  I don't think FS wiki has the resources and volunteers like Wikipedia to maintain quality. More pages = more maintenance. Going for quantity over quality will make this look like [http://www.cyndislist.com Cyndi's list] (an ugly directory of resources) rather than an online encyclopedia and how to guide for genealogy. It may already be too late ...
  
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::**Reply:I would hate for it to move from an encyclopedia to a list that requires dozens of mouse clicks through fluff to find what you're actually looking for. Wikipedia does have lists (which are separate from articles). A clearly defined, well communicated strategy may be wise. For example, should all major cities have a page? How should their information be different from the state or province in which they reside?
  
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6. It would also be good to have a different introduction for new editors who have experience in editing on Wikipedia. Maybe a special page to tell them how this Wiki is similar to Wikipedia and how it is different.
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7. Templates should be made for international and national resources that are repeated on numerous pages. For example a template for Findagrave.com could say the exact same thing on hundreds of cemetery pages. This provides consistency and accuracy as well as easy maintenance and updating. Similarly for each USA census. This could also be done for topic introductions (i.e. "cemetery records usually contain... They are useful for ..." can be templated).
  
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9. Respond more promptly to feedback. Pages such as this should be on the administration's watch-list. It's been over a month since I posted this. I placed tags and pings that most new editors could not do. Even a brief acknowledgement would be better than nothing. If another user wanted to leave feedback, it would be difficult to do so.
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::**Reply:Hmmm. Perhaps the Yammer thing should be mentioned at the top of this page, a month is a long time to wait for a reply. Maybe the Yammer should also be mentioned instead of that life preserver box that leads to nowhere. I would think very high priority would be to help new and existing users quickly get orientated and get them help quickly when needed. I think it would also be helpful to have a system in place to ID experienced Wikipedians and perhaps assign them tasks that would take advantage of their skill set.
  
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10. On the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Guiding_Principles| guiding principles page] it mentions that the purpose of the wiki is to "teach the world how to do genealogy research". This general purpose is not stated in other editor help areas, such as [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:About_Us| here] or [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Help:Tour| here]. I would think that this message about <b>teaching</B> would be seen everywhere, but it is rarely mentioned. I would humbly suggest that the message "the purpose of this Wiki is to <B> teach </B> the world how to do genealogy" should be stated often. If it is not stated frequently, the wiki runs into the risk of becoming a repository of links and resources with little explanation regarding strategy, hints, details, or things to consider when accessing the items on the list. Like Cyndi's list, I think there is a very limited usefulness for these lists with no explanation.  
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Just a few of my initial impressions. I hope to use my Wikipedia experience to help make this site better. I hope this feedback is useful. [[User:Ryancormack|Asparagus]] ([[User talk:Ryancormack|talk]]) 16:02, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
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[[User:Caleblove1]] Pinging the last contributor (Wikipedia -style). [[User:Ryancormack|Asparagus]] ([[User talk:Ryancormack|talk]]) 02:23, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
  
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This page is watchedI sent a message to the Wiki managers right after your first commentI will resend and see if we can get your comments answered.<br>[[User:Brepouille|Brepouille/Wiki Support Team]] ([[User talk:Brepouille|talk]]) 17:04, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
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| align="left"  | If [[:Category:Professional Genealogists|professional genealogists]] are allowed to advertise their services then it should be mandatory that they have a track record of sharing (with the wiki) their knowledge and or experience at least on a quarterly basis or their "ads" should be removed.
 
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| align="left" | <font color="maroon">Is this still true today. What would have to change.</font>
 
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| align="left" | Genealogy tool like soundex, dictionaries, word lists, census forms perpetual calendar, age calculator, relationship calculator, and calendar converters or a tool for autocitations&nbsp;would be useful. Put all of this under tools. Need space and images more and less lists.(prof)  
 
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| align="left" | <font color="green">Since the Research Wiki is about sharing knowledge, obviously they will not like the wiki. Creating an article using their own citations might get around the "credit" issue.</font>
 
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**Reply: [[User:Brepouille]] Thanks Beverly, I inserted my responses above. Please ping me (as I have done here) or leave a message on my talk page when you need to connect with me again. I check this wiki about once every 2 weeks.[[User:Ryancormack|Asparagus]] ([[User talk:Ryancormack|talk]]) 23:05, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
  
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These items listed above are first impressions, that is, impressions from someone who has experience in Wikipedia and sees some issues which may or may not need addressing. Also, if you think I can be useful in specific areas of the wiki, I would be happy to take on assignments as you feel appropriate. [[User:Ryancormack|Asparagus]] ([[User talk:Ryancormack|talk]]) 20:26, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
  
 
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A call for Feedback!


We need your feedback! We are eager to hear input and feedback from you because the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a community driven, community maintained site. Our goal is to make the FamilySearch Research Wiki a friendly, welcoming place that is easy to use and make contributions to, for both experts and beginners alike. Please leave your comments regarding any suggestions, solutions, or any of the following issues you may have encountered.

We want to hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly.


The Governance Council needs your feedback, ideas, and suggestions! With a lot of our effort currently focused on format and standardization, we need you feedback and ideas to answer the questions: What's working? What's not working? How can we improve?

While we cannot promise to address every issue immediately or implement all solutions and ideas posted, your voice will be heard and all of them will be reviewed by the governance council."


What's working?[edit | edit source]


There is nothing like Familysearch's Family History Research Wiki. It is an excellent resource for both novice and veteran genealogists to identify the online and offline resources that can help them add names and stories to their family tree. If researchers find a shortcut or an inexpensive alternative to what is currently listed, they can change it. In a rapidly changing online environment, having a wiki that anyone can update and modify is a very effective way of staying relevant. It also empowers local experts to ensure accurate and reliable sources are mentioned and provide some tricks and tips to those who are new to researching that area.

What's not working?[edit | edit source]


How can we improve?[edit | edit source]


1. The bright red warning "If you are unable to edit the wiki after logging in, you will need to request editing rights using this form. You will be notified when editing rights are granted" is ugly. Can you change it to black?

  • Answer: We really enjoy the help our contributors offer us and so we want to make sure people can easily see the notice for how they can get involved.

This new policy also seems to contradict the pages that invite participation. Why not scrap the lockdown policy and change that statement to something like

"Help us fight vandalism. If you see a page that is inappropriate click here" 
  • Although your suggestion above would be nice, the spamming attacks that caused us to change this policy were happening very quickly and causing enough trouble that a simple warning like the one you are suggesting would not work in this situation.

At the very least perhaps give church members the benefit of the doubt. I don't know the extent of the problem, just giving my perspective.

  • Answer: This is not a trust issue. It is an issue of setting up a structure that will allow us to continue to leverage the skills and talents of the community while protecting the security and integrity of the content.
Reply: OK, fair enough.
Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Get Help to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

2. The following life preserver link is found throughout the wiki --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

When a new editor clicks on this, they are taken to a very generic FamilySearch help page (and there is no box there for Wiki-help). I would think a solution to this would be to add a wiki box on that page,
or better yet change the help page to this support page instead. As someone with experience with Wikipedia I can easily code and tell you these things. Most new comers trying to give feedback would probably just give up and disappear.

3. The font is freakishly small on this site. One of the few site that require me to hit "ctrl" and "+". Not very friendly for the visually impaired. This is especially true for superscripts

  • and for bullet points, which are fairly common. Superscripts within a bullet are next to impossible to read
  • Answer: The FamilySearch Wiki is is powered by Media Wiki, the same wiki software that is used by Wikipedia. When we launched the newest version of the wiki we removed a lot of custom coding that was causing all kinds of bugs in the wiki and went back to the same out of the box settings the wikipedia has so that we would be better able to avoid many of the bugs we faced previously as we move forward. We use the same font-size as Wikipedia.
    • Reply:I usually use the Firefox browser. Today I checked using Chrome and Internet Explorer. Unlike Firefox, which has Wikipedia in a bigger font, the other 2 are the same size, as you indicated. So this must be a browser issue I guess.

4. New user on Wikipedia usually get a welcome/orientation message on their talk page when they first set up an account. This would be a good thing.

  • Answer: We 100% agree. Currently we do have missionaries and volunteers who have taken on the responsibility of sending welcome emails and messages on new contributor's talk pages.
    • Reply:Great! I think a little bit of "wiki-love" goes a long way.

5. I've noticed a there's a push for creating more articles, rather than improve existing articles. I don't think FS wiki has the resources and volunteers like Wikipedia to maintain quality. More pages = more maintenance. Going for quantity over quality will make this look like Cyndi's list (an ugly directory of resources) rather than an online encyclopedia and how to guide for genealogy. It may already be too late ...

  • Answer: Quality is extremely important. Within the wiki we believe one component of a good wiki page is a complete wiki page. Currently across many areas of the wiki we have pages that have missing sections or only have small amounts of content. We also understand that there may be some missing pages that are low hanging fruit for people to create and add value. When we say we are interested in creating and improving articles that is what we mean.
    • Reply:I would hate for it to move from an encyclopedia to a list that requires dozens of mouse clicks through fluff to find what you're actually looking for. Wikipedia does have lists (which are separate from articles). A clearly defined, well communicated strategy may be wise. For example, should all major cities have a page? How should their information be different from the state or province in which they reside?

6. It would also be good to have a different introduction for new editors who have experience in editing on Wikipedia. Maybe a special page to tell them how this Wiki is similar to Wikipedia and how it is different.

7. Templates should be made for international and national resources that are repeated on numerous pages. For example a template for Findagrave.com could say the exact same thing on hundreds of cemetery pages. This provides consistency and accuracy as well as easy maintenance and updating. Similarly for each USA census. This could also be done for topic introductions (i.e. "cemetery records usually contain... They are useful for ..." can be templated).

8. Article quality ratings - Wikipedia has articles labeled as "good articles" and "featured articles". These act as a gold standard to which others can rise to. This might be something to consider using here.

  • Answer: there are many features that would be very beneficial to have. We have VERY limited engineering resources so some of these feature/ functionality requests may take a backseat to more pressing issues... ex. When you have a bucket of water you can use to water the plants or put out the fire in your living room chances are the living room fire will take priority.
    • Reply: OK maybe scrap the article rating, but I would like to see a sample of a dozen pages that are considered ideal, that all new editors should be exposed to. To see some ideal examples and tell editors, try to work toward this in your articles, helps to create a clear vision and provide a more consistent product. I honestly think editors may be unsure what the ideal looks like, and as a result may unintentionally be doing more harm than good.

9. Respond more promptly to feedback. Pages such as this should be on the administration's watch-list. It's been over a month since I posted this. I placed tags and pings that most new editors could not do. Even a brief acknowledgement would be better than nothing. If another user wanted to leave feedback, it would be difficult to do so.

  • Answer: For more prompt responses we encourage people to join our Yammer community where interactions are faster paced and the platform allows us to have more collaborative and fluid conversations.



    • Reply:Hmmm. Perhaps the Yammer thing should be mentioned at the top of this page, a month is a long time to wait for a reply. Maybe the Yammer should also be mentioned instead of that life preserver box that leads to nowhere. I would think very high priority would be to help new and existing users quickly get orientated and get them help quickly when needed. I think it would also be helpful to have a system in place to ID experienced Wikipedians and perhaps assign them tasks that would take advantage of their skill set.

10. On the guiding principles page it mentions that the purpose of the wiki is to "teach the world how to do genealogy research". This general purpose is not stated in other editor help areas, such as here or here. I would think that this message about teaching would be seen everywhere, but it is rarely mentioned. I would humbly suggest that the message "the purpose of this Wiki is to teach the world how to do genealogy" should be stated often. If it is not stated frequently, the wiki runs into the risk of becoming a repository of links and resources with little explanation regarding strategy, hints, details, or things to consider when accessing the items on the list. Like Cyndi's list, I think there is a very limited usefulness for these lists with no explanation.

Just a few of my initial impressions. I hope to use my Wikipedia experience to help make this site better. I hope this feedback is useful. Asparagus (talk) 16:02, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

User:Caleblove1 Pinging the last contributor (Wikipedia -style). Asparagus (talk) 02:23, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

This question or concern is currently unresolved.

This page is watched. I sent a message to the Wiki managers right after your first comment. I will resend and see if we can get your comments answered.
Brepouille/Wiki Support Team (talk) 17:04, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

    • Reply: User:Brepouille Thanks Beverly, I inserted my responses above. Please ping me (as I have done here) or leave a message on my talk page when you need to connect with me again. I check this wiki about once every 2 weeks.Asparagus (talk) 23:05, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

These items listed above are first impressions, that is, impressions from someone who has experience in Wikipedia and sees some issues which may or may not need addressing. Also, if you think I can be useful in specific areas of the wiki, I would be happy to take on assignments as you feel appropriate. Asparagus (talk) 20:26, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Decision Reached[edit | edit source]