In case any clarification is needed out there in Xwebland, questions regarding the forum itself are generally considered "fair game" wherever you ask them. A lot of other forums have a separate section for site related issues but we don't, so I guess our mode of operation is, if there's a site issue / question / comment, we want to hear about it
so you could pretty much post them wherever and they will get found and answered, or just scroll down and find the email address of the relevant contact in the footer if you would personally prefer to ask a question that way.
About the question of XANA, it is loosely regarded as an 'umbrella' arrangement. It's a flag under which all X1/9-specific groups in North America can congregate and have a hub online through which to network, organize, find support / confirmation of your insanity
and obviously help each other keep the Xs on the road. It is not a "formal" organization, it is just a figurehead under which various regional Xhead groups gather here.
Why is it like that and not a formal organization? A couple of simple reasons, it's far cheaper, far easier and serves most of the same core functions for its membership. Everything is free and maintained by the membership itself one way or another. There are a few volunteers who maintain the site etc and the users do the rest.
Xweb's whole existence spun out of SeattleX1/9 (the PNW regional club, which is also a similarly run loosely orchestrated 'non-club'). When SeaX was founded in 1998 to serve the above functions on a regional level, plus organize get-togethers, outings, shared events with other local enthusiast groups etc, we set out at first to make it a "REAL" on paper car club. We actually did do that (for a while). The club had a business license, a mailing address, a bank account for donation handling / fundraisers etc (although even THEN there was and never would be any membership dues, call it one of the "core values" if you will), interrim officials were appointed until a first AGM/election could be held, a basic charter existed and was being redrafted, clarified, expanded upon, and was recognized as a legitimate non-profit organization in the state of Washington, and the Federal non-profit stack of application papers was on the office desk awaiting completion.
So much was going on there, and around that time a couple of other unrelated car clubs known to me started having trouble holding themselves together, due to myriad problems, too much administrative work, not enough volunteers to do maintenance stuff, hard times with membership and/or dues issues, conflicts between officials etc. I sat back staring at the paperwork all over the desk and tried to visualize what SeaX would be like in a few years or more, if it survived that long at all. I came to the decision that running a "real" car club sounded like a hell of a lot bigger pain in the butt than was called for, with just a handful of folks involved in running it, when all any of us really wanted was what I've mentioned at the outset, community, support, get-togethers, tech aid, and some fun.
SO, all that stuff was just let go and the focus was put just on people having fun with cars. I have (at least personally) so far never regretted going that route.
Anyway, "the SeaX Forum" as this place was originally known, fast took on an entire life of its own as an entity. Membership of SeaX was just the PNW but the group's forum was going global at a pretty steady pace. It eventually no longer seemed fitting at all to just keep calling this the "SeaX Forum". Look around there are equally enthusiastic and engaged Xheads on this forum from all over the planet!
So on Xweb the SeaX logos all over it were swapped out for something that gave a little bit more legroom so to speak. "X1/9 Automobili North America" (XANA) was born with the primary function of just being able to give Xweb a host with a larger scope than SeattleX1/9, without SeattleX1/9 itself having to try encompassing such a geographic spread, as I felt then I did not want to see SeaX lose its local focus in the physical world.
In the process of all this let's not forget that many many Xheads congregating in this forum were already well along with forming their own regional groups, in whatever forms those groups chose for themselves, to cover regional geographies as SeaX was doing, and all associate under the banner of "XANA" as a sort of connecting banner, and all share Xweb as a framework to communicate, organize for regional events, and - back to the simple - having fun with fellow enthusiasts and the cars
That's about it in a nutshell.
Thought for the day: Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground