FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 11 Oct 2011

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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.

Introduce new members[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to ...[edit | edit source]

Updates and follow up[edit | edit source]

  • New York project - they are working on defining tasks now.
  • There are now reports available where we can watch and recognize contributors working on projects

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

  • We have a monthly newsletter that we send to Wiki Contributors. You are invited to submit items for inclusion in that newsletter. They can go to RitcheyMT on his Talk page.

Style Guide Discussions[edit | edit source]

  • The Stub process needs:
  • A new name to make it more clear (Steve cautions against renaming because of how much needs to be changed if we change that name)
  • A call out to contributors that might be interested in helping to expand stubs (Community Center)
  • More defined process to help people know what is/is not a stub article (or does it stay as "use your best judgment"? There could be such a variety of options, people like the latter option)
Rorie, Jane, and Ken volunteered to take this on. Thanks!
See Wikipedia:Stubs
  • When we copy a title from the Family History Library Catalog it copies with only a capital on the first word.  To make the citiation correct, should we edit the title to reflect conventional title capitalization?McBrideLW
The answer the community came to is that the citation titles should be capitalized based on the Chicago Manual of Style. Note that there is a difference between the style for page article titles and citation titles. There was a suggestion that our Wiki article titles guideline in the Manual of Style is not how we have been doing things, suggestion was to add that to the MoS Talk page.

Project Help Requests[edit | edit source]

Need help with your project? See a project that needs to be done? Add it here:

Training Requests[edit | edit source]

Improve the Wiki[edit | edit source]

  • What are all the FCK editor bugs? Can someone volunteer to add them to the Known Issues page and/or the Editing Tool page?
  • What is the process for selecting feature articles?  How do we emphasize the best?  How do we make sure less-than-best or less-than-ready don't end up featured? Lise 14:07, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Copyrights.... -- janellv (talk| contribs)
  • Subpages – Clarification and possible policy change. Help:Subpages says: “By default, MediaWiki's subpage feature is turned off in the main namespace, but can be used on talk pages and user pages. See Help:Namespaces. In namespaces where the feature is switched off, any slashes (/) within a page name are simply part of the page name and do nothing special.”
The above paragraph seems to talk about two different things.
  1. Where subpages can be used.  This seems to imply that subpages are only for talk and user pages.
  2. The breadcrumb trail that can be automatically generated.  Should this be turned on for other types of pages? Judy 19:39, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Forums Overview[edit | edit source]

Be part of the solution! Make your opinions known! Post comments to an existing thread or start a new discussion at Wiki Contributors Corner forum.
Current forum threads of interest:


New since last week

  • Off site links Concern about outside links that end up costing money. Yet people need to know what exists when it may be helpful. Convention is to put ($) next to the link to inform the user.

Comments added since last week

Decisions made since last week

Be bold! Post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting. If your item requires details or feedback, post them on the discussion page and link to them from the agenda.