I wonder about possibly having the Conference with a standing topic of 'Current Activity' -- brick walls, work in progress, new records, what's going on in the world of genealogy. I'm not sure new records on their own would provide enough fodder to keep it lively.
Or we could fold it all back into Roots and put the effort into keeping one chat room alive...
Here are some things that come to mind.
I've seen several questions where the mods have responded that they aren't really a good SE question -- might some of these questions be good topics for chats? E.g. How can we gain confidence in different types of records?
Good research practice, where we confess mistakes we have made when starting out. Sort of like ...
So that we have another, and I think easily sustained, option to compare, I propose that we:
Maintain two chat rooms
Rename the Genealogy Weekly Chat to be called the Genealogy Conference Room (name suggested by @JanMurphy). This would be a chat room dedicated to a single topic but not for a set duration
Encourage everyone to announce a new chat topic ...
[Topic for 10/5/2013]
I have an idea for a chat topic... Genealogy Travel.
People learn from people. It'd be interesting to hear how people set themselves up to succeed on a research trip. Do they start planning 6 months in advance? Do they tack on research to a trip that is mainly for other purposes such as business? How would that affect planning, how do ...
Stay-at-home Genealogy [Topic for 19th July 2014]
Not all of us have the budget for genealogy travel. Making the most of the internet and local research avenues is important. Share and receive tips on how to conduct thorough research locally and efficiently.
This is going to be a really long rambling answer because I won't know what I think until I see what I say. (Edited to add: TL;DR -- I'd like two separate rooms. I originally suggested flipping them, so that the Weekly Topic chat takes place in Roots, with a weekend BS session in a separate Weekend room, but now it seems better to leave Roots as-is and ...
Over at the GIS Stack Exchange many of the GIS highest voted Questions are owned by the Community Wiki user and that "multi-author" style of Q&A has been used over 260 times there
The Community Wiki is yet to be used here and so it remains absent from our GFH highest voted Questions.
I raise this, not necessarily as an advocate of the Community Wiki, ...
Would anyone else be interested in a once-a-month brainstorming session?
The site just went through self-evaluation. For the questions which were marked "needs improvement" could chat be a vehicle by which we all focus on the same question at once and write up a better answer as a Community Wiki?
One of my local sewing shops offers a class where people ...
Working towards the Genealogical Proof Standard
[Topic for 12 July 2014]
The Board for Certification of Genealogists says:
Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit
confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient
credibility to be accepted as "proved." Acceptable conclusions,
therefore, meet the Genealogical ...
How can we graduate Beta sooner rather than later? [Topic for 26 July 2014]
We are fast approaching our 600th day as a Beta site of Stack Exchange.
Our Beta Site Stats Summary is available to review so let's brainstorm any ideas you may have to help put us further along the road to graduation.
Our visits per day (492) is not far off the 500 per day that ...
I am not game for a do-over as I think the "Do-Over" is a misnomer / "poor labeling" as previous knowledge exists that you cannot forget or completely discard. I would say a 'rebuild' / maintenance reorganization seems more appropriate based on his schedule of topics vs. a "Do-Over".
There are other ways to do it though without starting over from scratch ...
I'd like to revive the Monthly Workshop chat as described in Genealogy Chat 1st week of Month | Monthly Workshop for the first week of every month.
The idea behind the Workshop is for people to brainstorm about a problem they might be working on, so that they can clarify which research questions might be productive to ask. It is not intended as a ...
I somehow had completely forgotten we even had a chatroom, but it's nice to see that people are using it and that you've still got a weekly schedule of discussion topics. I'll try to join back in from time to time.
I like the idea of having the "Genealogy Conference" chat room specifically for weekly topics, and having a list of all the past topics and the ...
Week two of the Genealogy Do-Over includes the topic Setting Research Goals.
I recently attended a webinar by J. Mark Lowe, Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan. Here's the description from the Florida State Genealogical Society, who hosted the webinar:
The probability of creating a successful research project is greatly
enhanced when ...
I keep sliding off-topic in today's chat -- sorry!
One topic for a future chat might be: Good research practice, where we confess mistakes we have made when starting out. Sort of like What Not To Wear, only for Genealogy.
Improving the Weekly Chat [Topic for week beginning 13 September 2014]
Posting a new answer here to call attention to the Meta Q Improving The Weekly Chat. If you haven't seen that Q and the various As, please take a look and post your thoughts.
My current idea for next week's chat (tongue-in-cheek, to be sure) is to find a better name for the Weekly Chat ...
Re: the question: Personal family history website with rich media support?
Discussing the pros/cons of using the various existing services for social connections and genealogy collaboration (e.g. Facebook, Google Groups) might be a good topic for a weekly chat that could be mined for a Community Wiki Q/A.
After Gaenovium 2014 (which is coming up in October 2014) please can we have a post-conference chat with speakers @ACProctor and @lkessler and any other developers who attended the conference?
For a more general topic, we could have a chat on conferences in general -- which ones have we attended, were they helpful, which conferences put sessions online ...
What's on your To Do List?
What kind of records on your Research Map are marked "Here Be Dragons"?
What are some of your "wow" records (that you were really excited to find)? [Topic for 1/11/2014]
If I Were Dictator: things I would change about online genealogy sites
What's in your library? (essential Genealogy Books) <== Community Wiki Bait ...