What to write about

What to write about is an evolving standard for what should be included on ChippePedia. This is a regional encyclopedia and we don't need to include the big topics that are found on Wikipedia. In fact, if the topic is on Wikipedia — don't just copy it from there and stick it here. We want this site to be about our place and our experiences. Connect to bigger events and topics by sharing personal experiences about "where you were when..."

If you're leaning toward contributing, just do it. Hopefully, someone will clean up after any messes.

Here are some topics to get you thinking:

  • Hunting. Fishing. Trapping. Cross-stitching. Raising animals. Participating in 4H. Going to a CV fair.
  • Going to Water Street. Protesting something in the CV. Attending a cultural event – downtown, at the university, at a religious center.
  • Your memory of when you heard about Pearl Harbor or Kennedy or 9/11. Going to your cabin. Luther Nursing Program. Camping in the CV.
  • Gambling at Regional Casinos. Working at Uniroyal, Cray, CVTC. Snowmobiling in the CV. Shopping at London Square Mall, Oakwood Mall. Dancing at Fournier's Ballroom or the Pines Ballroom.
  • Participating in a fish-eating contest at the Albertville Tavern. Sledding in the CV. Bonfires in the CV. Your personal experiences in the military.
  • A great teacher at your school. House histories. Gordy's. Acoustic Cafe. Menards. Hank Aaron's year in Eau Claire.

More Examples:

1. Concert venues? yes. Individual concerts? probably not, unless they shook the world. Your experiences at the the concert venue. Definitely.

2. Published authors? depends. Nationally distributed book deal? yes. Guest column in Family Times? probably not, unless it shook the world.

3. Local legends? Only if they are truly local and well-known and you can cite published or otherwise verifiable sources. If they've become famous, like, say, Hank Aaron (who really was only in Eau Claire a year), then write about your memories of his stay in here but not his whole life history. Leave that to Wikipedia.

4. Natural disasters? yes, but limit it to events that had a significant impact on your life or the life of the region.

5. Local businesses? Yes, except fly-by-night operations or local franchises of national chains. (Major local franchise operators, however, should get articles). Gordy's and Acoustic Cafe should be here as should Menards. If you want to know about Starbucks, go to Wikipedia.

6. Individual buildings? Make a case. Downtown buildings seem important enough, but not every Kwik Trip along Highway 53. Individual houses that are noteworthy due to historical status are eligible. A new Wal-Mart in Rice Lake, not so much.

7. Bands? This could potentially be a tough arena. For now, let's say having a CD on sale in an honest-to-god retail establishment or appearing under the same name with the same line up more than 10 times over the course of a full year would be a reasonable threshold. Not every side project needs a separate article, but if you want to list side projects on a notable musician's bio, that's cool.

8. High Schools? We can accept more detail than Wikipedia does, but remember we're still aiming to be an encyclopedia, not an almanac, and NOT Facebook for the Chippewa Valley. Tell us about notable teachers, but not popular students. State championships are great to mention. The score of the JV game, not so much. If it appears outside the sports page or the neighborhood section in the Newspaper as a story (not just a statistic) it's probably ok.

9. Military Experiences? yes, but talk about what you did and where you were. Leave the history of the conflict, war, battle to larger sites.

10. Yourself? We welcome corrections and input, but want to avoid whatever tendency there may be toward puffery and away from neutral, verifiable information. See Conflicts of Interests for further discussion.

This page is modeled after a similar type page found on Bhamwiki.com