Can we make it easier for WikiTreers to find information about important changes to the site?

+20 votes
Yesterday Chris announced pre-1700 rule changes. My concern is that these notices are quickly buried in the thread and that new members may not even know to go to G2G to find such notices. (In the Introduction to WikiTree, G2G is presented as a place to ask questions, period.) I thought the Tree House was a great idea. Now I’m wondering if another category should be set up to contain these notices from Chris and other members of the team so that one can locate them more easily?
in WikiTree Tech by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (140k points)
recategorized by Erin Breen

2 Answers

+4 votes
Best answer
For important changes such as the one yesterday, I agree there needs to be good communication.

A collaborative site such as WikiTree needs to have a pervasive, effective series of communication avenues to get the word out to all users.  Ideally, such communication would be a two-way street to solicit feedback, as well as inform. I suspect that there are MANY people who don't look at G2G on a daily basis, and so other communication channels also need to be used.  

What about leveraging other social media channels and the WikiTree blog?  Perhaps, even a notification message could be be used, that appears for all WikiTree users, and which they have to consciously click on to close (not sure the best mechanism for this, but I'm thinking of something like the notification flag in Facebook or Google+ that alerts me to new messages).
by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
selected by Rachel Allen
+4 votes
Well, I missed the announcement; so I very much agree there ought to be a better way.  Where is it?  Thanks.
by Foster Ockerman G2G6 Mach 3 (34.5k points)
Thanks, Laurie!
Is the announcement on FaceBook? If so, I missed it there as well.
Not sure, Rosemary.
Thanks, Laurie, and everyone, for bringing this up. We must have other avenues to announce important changes at Wikitree.
You're welcome, Maggie. I've just discovered that I can add the tag "announcements" to my G2G feed. That should help keep me informed.
Laurie: Good idea. I've added both "announcements" and "improvements" to my feed.

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