Per Gibbo's request...(and I quote, "it will fall on deaf ears")...But I will do it because just like being active in our communities, voting, etc., etc., we have a responsibility to "do" and "speak up" for by little acts are great things accomplished.
I belong to several fan club websites for various artists like most of us do (or at least I hope U2 is not the only band you listen to ).
First let me state, that at one time I ADORED this place...and ADORE is an understatement. This place will ALWAYS hold a special place for me as I have by far met the best friends I could ever ask for. So U2.com, I thank you for the era when this place was so inviting to cultivate friendships among the greatest band in the world. But......
U2, while you are so big, I understand (as most of us do) while you cannot micro manage every detail of your empire, certainly in your grasp of folks, you have people you can hire and run this place. People who love U2 like we do. People who have a vested interest. People who understand the necessity of having a U2 community where we can come and have a meeting place, one where we could speak more freely (but still with some bounaries), and one that was easier to maneuver. I mean are all these different forums/areas or whatever you call it really necessary??? I guess if the hundreds of thousands of fans that are members here would come in and chat, maybe it would be necessary...but really it is not. U2, and speaking to The Edge now , go take a look at your buddy's web site...
Jack White... www.thirdmanrecords.com
While I understand Jack does not have the magnitude of fans, he still has a good bit worldwide and manages various artists and has them on his website as well at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN. Because Jack's site is affiliated with "his" name and anything affiliated with his name, he runs out of "his empire" in Nashville and is personally responsible for. And as shy and awkward as Jack can be at times, he understands the importance of keeping in touch with his fans and will come on and chat with us. The folks that run his place, they personally know Jack, hence, they are connected with Jack and he with them and they in turn, Jack and his employees, provide a well run website with the fan, the consumer. These folks have a vested interest in Jack and understand that "we, the fan" give them a pay check. I have had a couple of incidents where I had to call and/or email. And I cannot tell you how nice it was to have a personal touch...even so much that I had lost my receipts for some RARE vinyls (and anyone who knows anything about Jack White, knows that he is a master mind at creating RARE vinyls) and when I stopped in to Jack's store in Nashville, TN to explain that I had lost my receipt for this vinyl (which I had purchased two), the lovely Third Man employee says for me not to worry, they knew/recognized me and believed me (this would never happen with LiveNation). My point is, the CONNECTION to the artist and the fan. Live Nation CANNOT provide this. But no worries, there are enough U2 folks that U2 knows, that could run this place that have the "vested" interest. While there will always be issues, it would be a HUGE start, in fact, probably the remedy.
U2, one day someone will replace you but WE will always be here. We WANT to come back here like we used to.