The union has been kicking such an idea around for several months. Gamespot unions are a handy feature for loose communites attached to the site. However, our members have been moving farther and farther away from the arms of the site. About a month ago, as a simple test, an invision powerboard was started and met with instant success. Due to some recent bans and such, several of our members were left with no connection to the gufu outside of our IRC chat.
The site is meant to serve as a sort of hub for all branches of the union. We will, of course, retain our Gamespot roots, but at last we have a neutral forum where all of our members can meet to discuss gaming, post articles and even share files.
I began work roughly one month ago when I was approved for a Frihost hosting plan. In use currently is software known as Simple Machines forum along with an attachement used by many people in my situation. In short, after installing the two pieces of software viewing, editing and management of all the resources offered is made available to whom the system adminstrator allows.
Already the site ahs met with success. As of posting time, twenty one union members have registered accounts, and the forum has been considerably active. Several articles have been submitted after review from the union officer staff, and comments and ratings bestowed upon them by readers.
The aim of the site is now expanding, not only offering a safe haven for our members but allowing non members to view our content and post on several boards as well. We hope to maintain the factor that really makes or breaks any community however, and that is the quality of the posters. That is, after all, what the union is all about.