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Wis.Community is a member of LION publishers. We receive multiple benefits from this, one of which is receiving full coverage with Cloudflare for our site. This protects the site from DDOS attacks and hackers, and improves the site performance. This should work out great, but we are currently tuning some of the parameters for the web firewall.

No School Board Coverage tonight --- will be at candidate forum

Lack of resources strikes again. Rather than being at tonight's Menomonie School Board Meeting, we will be videotaping the 67th District Candidate Forum in Bloomer. If you're going, stop by and say hello to the guy with the video camera.  Details of the candidate forum (Wren Keturi and Rob Summerfield candidates) are below, as well as a link to tonight's Menomonie School Board agenda.

A few other items of interest this week:

Thursday:

Off in Chicago

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You may have noted that postings have been slow recently. I am off in Chicago at the LION Publisher Summit at Columbia College. This is always a great experience for learning the latest in technology, strategy, and everything else about publishing local independent news.

How You Can Help 2 - The send us stuff edition

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We've been working on new ways for our readers to send articles on the web that they find interesting.  We did a little test of this quite a few months back, but I'd like to put this out to more people. We're using some software called Pearltrees. Basically the idea is that you can sign up with a Pearltrees account, and ask us to join in as a contributor. 

How Can You Help with Wis.Community? Money and Kitties edition

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You may or may not have found yourself sitting on the porch on a beautiful summery/fallsy day like today, and asked yourself "How can I help out that nice Wis.Community site?" Well, maybe not, but the fact of the matter is that I'm going to tell you anyway. 

The Chippewa Valley Tweetstorm

It's been there for a while, but I thought I would point out the Chippewa Valley Tweetstorm on the front page at https://www.wis.community. It brings together the tweets of lots of people in the Chippewa Valley and across Wisconsin.  Go take a look!

What Next? Your Choice!

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I have a pile of possible projects for the site in the hopper.  I'd like to ask our readers what you think should be a priority.  They're all feasible.  Some of the require the kindness of strangers. Let me know what you think:  If you have other ideas, log in to the site and leave a comment.

Wis.Community - where we have been, where we are going

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In preparation for tonight's Planning Meeting, I've put together a slideshow about some of the goals for this site, where we've been and where I hope we are going. I'm putting up a copy of the slide show to give you some idea of what the first half of tonight's meeting will be like and  what the current plans are.  We're hoping that members of the community will show up tonight and give us their ideas. We will be meeting at 6:30 at Lazy Monk Brewery in Eau Claire.

Help us with planning for Wis.Community

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Come join us for a meeting to plan the next steps for Wis.Community. The platform is up and has been functioning for some time, but I want to know what can be done to make this more useful to communities throughout the state.  Bring your ideas, suggestions, questions, and complaints. In this time of fake news, political polarization, and silos of community members who are not talking to each other, Wis.Community could help to bridge gaps between different groups and communities.

What We're Reading

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We're working on incorporating a few more collaborative tools into the site. One has appeared on the front page this afternoon.  There is a "what we're reading" section on the front page. This is a test at setting up ways for people to contribute more content.  We will be inviting some of our editors and contributors to mark articles on the web that they have found interesting, and to contribute them into our team collection of interesting stories.  

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Thursday, November 1

  • Steve Hanson
    4:09pm

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    Wis.Community is a member of LION publishers. We receive multiple benefits from this, one of which is receiving full coverage with Cloudflare for our site. This protects the site from DDOS attacks and hackers, and improves the site performance. This should work out great, but we are currently tuning some of the parameters for the web firewall. This is mostly done, but you may find that when you put in a comment or content on the site that you will receive a CAPTCHA challenge - just click on the box to indicate that you are a human and you should be fine.  At the moment I believe I have gotten the rules tuned to make this stop happening, but it's always possible there are still a few bugs in the system.
     
    Wis.Community is a member of LION publishers. We receive multiple benefits from this, one of which is receiving full coverage with Cloudflare for our site. This protects the site from DDOS attacks and hackers, and improves the site performance. This should work out great, but we are currently tuning some of the parameters for the web firewall. This is mostly done, but you may find that when you put in a comment or content on the site that you will receive a CAPTCHA challenge - just click on the box to indicate that you are a human and you should be fine.  At the moment I believe I have gotten the rules tuned to make this stop happening, but it's always possible there are still a few bugs in the system.
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    Update -- I've also leveraged some of  the new Cloudflare features we now have available to attempt to increase the performance of the site by doing a lot more caching at the edge of the Internet, and to do a little more security blocking.  We'll see how that goes. 
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