We would love to hear from all our members about their current activities on behalf of the project. Are there specific areas of interest for you? Do you need more people to help you on specific tasks?
As project leaders, we have been working on the restructure. It's progressing but much of the activity has been behind the scenes. This is the first of series of updates from us about our progress.
Have you seen the changes to Australian Project Boxes?
As you may be aware Wikitree changed its project box guidelines some time ago and the Australia Project has been a bit slow in implementing the required changes. Wikitree guidelines for project management are here:
As part of the new restructure we have made reviewing project boxes and profiles managed by ‘Australia Project Wikitree’ one of our first focus areas. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/WikiTree-37
The ‘Australia’ project manages sub projects and a number of different topics. Whilst it would have been ideal to have one project box for all profiles managed by the Australia Project, given the diversity in our history we are implementing three project boxes that will be placed on profiles meeting the criteria to be project managed or project protected.
Many existing profiles have older project boxes, but they don’t meet the guidelines for PMP or PPP profiles. These project boxes are being replaced with stickers. You will see these being progressively rolled out as the stickers are developed. The current list of stickers is available here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Australia_Project_Boxes_and_Stickers_-_List_of. Many of these will be implemented automatically but you are free to add these to your own profiles too. This work is not yet finalised and will be the subject of a further post when the process is complete.
The Project boxes only go on profiles managed by the Australia Project, like this one - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Parkes-155. All other profiles will need to remove the project box and can have stickers instead.
If you know of any profiles you consider should be managed by the project, there will be a form available soon. Vivienne Caldwell will be co-ordinating this process on behalf of the Project.
Moving forward everyone should have the Australia project badge (as our other badges are being retired). If you belong to the Indigenous Australians Project, it is an option to have the First Peoples project badge. If you don’t yet have an Australia project badge please go to the project page and click on the link to our G2G welcome post and request to join. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Australia.
We understand many of our members would like to indicate that they are working on a specific subject area for the Australia Project. To fill the gap we have developed some stickers that members might like to use (this is entirely optional of course):
Indigenous Australians Project Members
Australian Convicts Project Members
Earl Grey Orphan Scheme Project Members (this already existed - but the template has been changed).
You can find the new template here - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Member.
We also expect to establish new teams based around topics very soon. We are awaiting some Wikitree policy decisions regarding project management before finalising our topics and teams, but we expect that to happen quite soon.
Looking forward to seeing all your comments.
Veronica and Gillian
Australia Project Leaders