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Where Have We Been?

June 18, 2019

#60616d; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">You may have noticed that posting here has been sparse lately. I've been on a vacation and have recently returned. You will see things picking back up again over the next few days. I'll have a little to write about from the vacation, notably about Amtrak and where they are going, along with a narrative of taking the Lake Shore Limited, and how that particular train is going.

Commenting Changes on Wiscommunity

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May 23, 2019

We have made some changes to commenting policy on the site. In the past no comments could be made on the site unless you have previously created an account with us and signed in. For at least the time being, comments can be made by people without accounts, but they will be held for moderation until an editor approves them. We hope this will promote a lively discussion in the community without allowing a free-for-all of spam and other problems.

So That Happened 4/14/2019

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April 14, 2019

I'll be poking myself in here from time to time with rambling discussions of what is happening at Wis.Community, observations, and things you may or may not find interesting. This may at some point become a podcast. Or not. Bear with me. Call it a blog. Call it the musings of a quickly-aging guy. It's an experiment.

Winter Was Hard

Winter Was Hard

March 13, 2019

Winter continues to unleash upon us. More stories are coming on about barn collapses, accidents, and more caused by the incredible weather we have been experiencing. Today almost all of the area schools are closed due to water covering the roads, making them impassable. I am at the moment sitting out at the farm and wondering if I will be able to get into town tomorrow for the Red Cedar Watershed Conference.

Keeping On - Help!

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February 4, 2019

As you have probably noticed, life on this web site has slowed somewhat the last few months. Those of you who know me personally are probably aware that we're dealing with serious family health issues at Cruiskeen Lawn, and that has made it difficult to get a lot of work done, much less make long-range plans.

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

October 22, 2018

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:

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Off in Chicago

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October 12, 2018

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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September 30, 2018

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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Cutest Kitten Video Compilation of 2017 | Funny Pet Videos

September 15, 2018

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. 

Preview Screening of Dark Money Documentary

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Dark Money Trailer #1 (2018) | Movie Trailers

September 11, 2018

Wis.Community will be offering an opportunity to see the new PBS/POV documentary Dark Money before the national showing of the film on PBS.

The Chippewa Valley Tweetstorm

August 28, 2018

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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July 7, 2018

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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May 3, 2018

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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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

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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

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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.  

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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!

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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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