A Fond Farewell to Our Community Areas
Dear Dogsters & Catsters,
Today, we announce major changes to Dogster.com and Catster.com. While the Dogster and Catster sites will continue to exist as daily magazines serving the worldwide community of dog and cat lovers, it is with heavy hearts that we must announce the closing of the Community areas of the sites, effective on or after July 18. This means members of the Dogster & Catster Community will no longer be able to see Pet Profiles, Forums, Groups, Answers, Local Listings, Photo Galleries, Games, Quizzes, Adoption, Dog of the Day, Diary Central, the Gift store, and the Community homepage past that date.
This is hard news for us all. When I-5 Publishing, now Lumina Media, purchased the sites in the summer of 2014, we had hoped saving all of Dogster & Catster was possible. But as our engineers dug in and began the work necessary to rebuild the community sections of the sites, they ran into obstacle after obstacle. The pet pages and forums utilized proprietary coding, which had undergone multiple modifications by multiple engineering teams. So many of the community features had broken that as we fixed one problem, the fix would often cause another feature to break.
Twelve years is forever in the online world, and that’s how long Dogster and Catster’s community pages have been around. It is still a source of professional pride that Dogster was a precursor to Facebook by almost a month. Now as our community areas come to the end, let’s do our best to celebrate the joy that has been this community.
We invite you to stay in touch via Dogster and Catster’s social pages, and our bi-weekly newsletter, which you can subscribe to at the links below:
If you are interested in saving a copy of your pet page as an archive, please follow these instructions.
If you have additional questions about the closing, Dogster Support is here to help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for everything,