Whatever direction New West goes next, those who have worked on the site care deeply about its future, and will be watching. Weber called New West his “baby,” and Lowery recalled a recent e-mail chain where she and some other New West contributors recalled some of the site’s best moments. It happened when the site’s archives, which had been locked down when the site went dormant, were opened back up. “We had a round robin on e-mail, reliving some of the best things in the archive, and some of the cool and interesting things we had done,” says Lowery. “The site was ahead of its time, and that was one of the things that was difficult to overcome. I hope that it has a next iteration.”

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Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.