What is happening with the ITALY Community site?
Hello all - this is our first post on the ITALY Community site !ITALY magazine has been going through some very significant changes lately - and much more is yet to come.Part of it has been overhauling the community site to provide better focus and more utility. We do apologize if in this transition the site was left in a bit of a state. A certain launch button was pressed a bit too early, but we are on our way to recover with the intended functionality.ITALY Community started out as a forum many many years ago with varying degrees of success and, as we understand, a fair bit of excitement as well . Nowadays, the web is a very different place with tools such as Facebook and Twitter really substituting the social aspect that was traditionally managed by individual sites. It is no wonder that our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/ItalyMagazine - has over 27000 followers, actively commenting stories every day.So what future can a community site have? We believe that the real value of the ITALY Community is to be found in the wealth of information available in its archives and in the willingess of the readers of ITALY to share with others information about Italy.As such, after some long hours of discussion we decided to change direction. Rather than trying to be traditional forum we will focus on making it as easy as possible to ask questions about Italy and get answers. We've cut down on features that were not used by the overwhelming majority - such as Groups, private messages, etc and will just focus on facilitating straighforward questions and answers.In the process we hope you, as we, will enjoy learning more.We know that there is much yet to do and that not everyone may agree with the direction. If you don't agree we hope you will occasionaly check back in. There should always be interesting tidbits of information to discover!In the meantime, why not check out our seach page - http://www.italymagazine.com/answers/search - it has never been easier to get to all the wealth of information the ITALY community has created. We even included the archives of the very old forum!Now, we will get back to making this the easiest and best way to ask a question and share information about Italy.---PS: If any existing member needs access to their Private Message or Group Posts from the old site - please let us know. We would be happy to zip them and pass them on.