The Dorchester Reporter has a spiffy new look - and, equally important, the beginnings of a new online community for Boston's largest neighborhood.
I have to admit I'm a bit biased, though, since I helped build the site (see, I haven't just been sitting around moping and feeding my Twitter addiction). Actually, I'd be most grateful if you could check it out and let us know what you think - both good and, especially, bad, so I can bask in the former (no ego here) and fix the latter (I already have a checklist started).
Let us know in this forum, where Managing Editor Bill Forry explains the reasons for the changeover more eloquently than I could. It's the first time the Reporter's had a forum, which is one of the ways we're trying to build that community. You'll see other community hooks as you explore the site, with more to come (think of what a community newspaper could do with maps) - but in addition to finding problems, let us know how the site can better serve the neighborhood.
A search-engine note: We're using Google's coop search. It works well and means less server issues on our end. But until Google indexes the new site, which should take a few days, the links will all go to old versions of articles (all of them with the same exact title).