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The Big Share: March 7, 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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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

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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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

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

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

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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

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

Wis.community logo

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

Learn about how to navigate and join communities.

Creating an account on Wis.community

Creating an Account on Wiscommunity with an email address

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

Logging in and out of Wis.community

Logging in and out of Wis.community

Brief tutorial on logging in and out of Wis.community

Groundsource

I'm talking to the good folks at at the moment - I'm interested in the possiblity of gathering info from folks in the community by text message, and this is an intriguing platform for that. There's an interesting article at Nieman Lab about the use of the platform in journalism.

Let us know if this sounds intriguing to you.

Facebook Events

We are now importing some events in from Facebook -- they will show up in Black on the calendar, as do all the events that are imported in from other calendars on the Internet.  The Facebook events all have links that go to the actual Facebook event - but we pull them all here into one place for you.

Responsive Videos

The videos on the site are all now responsive ( or should be) so they will now fit on different sizes of screens properly. This requires more testing.

Search fixed on site

Nobody has complained about it, but the search function on the site has been mildly broken for a long time --- it would work once, then return the same search results for about 15 minutes, and then work once again. This was a bad caching configuration on the site.  You should now be able to search much more successfully.  My apologies.

Wis.community general info

Wis.community is several things:

  • A collection of “mini-sites” or communities based on topic or location

  • Discussion areas in each community that can be carried on either on the site or via email or text messaging (soon)

  • Event calendars for each community, and an aggregated calendar of all of the communities

  • Spaces for news and resources in each community

Wiscommunity - fixed a few errors

Though I suspect this probably only affected me at the moment, there've been a few serious issues in editing on the site. This cropped up from some setting changes I'd made recently while trying to debug a different problem on the site. Sigh.  Anyway, I'd accidentally set the site to use a version of jquery that broke some of the editing, particularly things that had popups. This mostly made it impossible to change the image at the top of each community page.

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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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