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Help us with planning for Wis.Community

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April 12, 2018

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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January 29, 2018

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.  

Wis.Community is now a LION Publishers member

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January 16, 2018

Wis.Community has been accepted as a member of LION Publishers. LION  is an organization of Local Independent On-line News publishers. LION does many exciting projects to help promote local on-line news organizations, and we're proud to be accepted as a member.

Look & See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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Nick Offerman On The Film "Look & See"

January 8, 2018

We are sponsoring our first Wis.Community community film showing. We hope to do more of these in the coming months - films that enlighten and entertain, and that will not show in local theaters otherwise.

LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

Citizen Summit in Eau Claire Sunday

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November 9, 2017

A Citizen Summit will be held this Sunday in Eau Claire. Advance registration for the summit has now closed, but you may register at the door on Sunday morning. Details on the event are in our .

Everybody talks about the weather - but we're doing something about it

Weather
August 9, 2017

We just dropped in some weather widgets on the site - you'll see one on the right hand side of the front page. These are IP-enabled weather widgets, so they will show you the weather in whatever location the internet gods decide you are in when looking at the site.  If the gods are wrong, just tell it where you want it to look.  If you click on the little Willy Weather logo on the bottom you'll be taken to a full-page weather forecast with radar, etc. 

Grant and new Community Partner

Bloomer
May 22, 2017

I am happy to announce that Wis.Community has received a grant from the Save The Hills Alliance to develop the Environment section of the site and do more environmental work. We thank STHA for their interest and trust.  There will be more about this as this new partnership progresses.  

Small Site Updates - experimenting with importing events from Meetup

May 17, 2017

For those of you who use the Meetup app to schedule events, we're working on importing events from Meetup. This is working fairly well, and we just imported the first batch. Basically this is based on Meetup's rules for what is an "active" Meetup event, which means that the meetup needs to have members and at least 3 people signed up to go to the event.

Roku Ahoy!

April 3, 2017

I'm going to be giving a talk at the upcoming

The Big Share

The Big Share: March 7, 2017

March 6, 2017

Tomorrow is the day of The Big Share in Wisconsin. You get an opportunity for one day to make investments in the Wisconsin community by donating to nonprofits and other worthy organizations in the state. It's easy - go to the Big Share Website and make your contributions on-line. Many of the organizations have matching shares, so for many of them donating tomorrow will multiply your charitable giving.

Wis.Community Events

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January 9, 2017

I want to say a few words about the events calendar. This is one of the core parts of this site, and I would love to see us get more events.

Wis.community grows

January 7, 2017

Lots of site improvements are going on at Wis.community for the new year. The site now has a membership option, where you can voluntarily make a contribution to help us grow.  There are memberships starting at $10 for an individual - currently the only perk on the site is that members of any type will have most of the ads on the site disappear when they are logged in. More perks are coming, including some nice additions for members who are nonprofits or businesses.

The plan - 2017

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January 2, 2017

For those of you who have been following along, I'd like to point out a few new ideas and plans for 2017.  Some of them are ambitious.  Some of them may not happen. But I thought I'd let you know what I'm thinking:

Wis.community Memberships

December 26, 2016

We are now set up so that you can contribute to the growth and development of Wis.community. Y, and pay with Paypal, check, or with a credit card. Money from memberships will be used to help defray the cost of the site - and we're also working on some new benefits that you will get with a membership.

New Training Videos

December 23, 2016

We now have some to learn how to better use Wis.Community.  I'm just getting started on creating these - not that this is a playlist player, so you can either watch them all, or pick a selected one with the drop-down menu at the top left corner.

New Questionnaire

December 11, 2016

Hi -

If you get a chance, it would be great if you could take just a minute or two to fill out our latest questionnaire. These really help us to figure out what should be worked on, and what your interests are.

Maps on Events

December 5, 2016

Well, it's always something. 

Fixed - life is happy again

Events that have been added to the site recently don't end up with maps being generated. This is due to some changes that Google has made to their API's - and the code that generates coordinates for the maps is at the moment broken.  I am chasing down a resolution to the problem - but it may be another day or two. 

Moving forward - Partnerships

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November 18, 2016

The site is slowly becoming more fleshed out, with additional functionality. Some of the exciting things happening:

Communities in Wis.community

Communities in Wis.community

October 30, 2016

Learn about how to navigate and join communities.

Creating an account on Wis.community

Creating an Account on Wiscommunity with an email address

October 30, 2016

Short tutorial on how to create an account on Wis.community

Hi -

This is the Wiscommunity space. It's the place for discussion about Wiscommunity, how it should be developing, issues with the site, and what the future holds.

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Moving Right Along

Things are now starting to shape up.  I've fixed a number off odd little development issues I had caused on the site and I think things are acting more as expected - in particular I reset the broken text formats that were causing some  issues with links, etc. being presented improperly. We're now just about ready to start taking on some actual users, and will be starting to do so in some of the test spaces. I'll be able to talk a little more about that in a couple of weeks. 

In the meantime, take a look around and see what you think.

Latest Wiscommunity Plan

I've made some revisions to the latest Wiscommunity plan. I'm looking for feedback on this, which could include suggestions, ideas for functionality, ideas for use cases, etc. Comment Away!

Wiscommunity

Phase 2 – a rethinking

Draft 3 – 7/4/2016

Wiscommunity has been a work in progress for the past two years. It has undergone several different stages of thinking, but has finally settled on an initial plan and mission.

I have been struck for the last several years by how much information in communities around the state is distributed by mailing lists – these are either ad-hoc lists of people that someone maintains on their desktop computer, or a slightly more technologically advanced version in a mailing list server like Mailman. I have also occasionally seen groups attempting to leverage project management systems as a means of organizing communication, with limited success. All of these have one thing in common – they depend on email as the main means of communication. Email is still more or less the least common denominator of communication on the internet, and is well-understood by people who use the internet at all. It also has the great advantage of being a push medium – it comes to you, you don't have to seek it out.

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