Riccardo at the moment is the owner of the domain classicpress.it and of the facebook group.
Since Roberto and I decided to move the commercial project BeClassicPress independently from him we do not have control of these assets, nor we manage their content.
This means that the sole liable person for the site classicpress.it and the facebook group is Riccardo, and you need to have a dialog with him about a possible ClassicPress.net italian community that follows the official community guidelines.
On the other hand Roberto and I have focused on building the commercial project BeClassicPress.
This as explained in the plan is basically a “clone” of wp.com with some betterments.
We are well aware that it needs its own branding, and it needs to make very clear that it’s not affiliated nor endorsed by classicpress.net official.
We agree also on not associating it with other commercial projects, since this could be detrimental both to our branding and ClassicPress official.
From a commercial point of view having our own branding different from CP branding helps us to make very clear that we are a business, and allows us to point people towards the official community in case they want to know more or contribute with the project. There is no need to duplicate the content of the official site, because it’s already there and does its job of presenting CP very well.
Currently we are working on our branding and assets, and we are not ready to launch yet. We believe it’s not a race to launch a rushed project as soon as possible, but it’s a consistent and deliberate effort to launch the best solution we can for our users. Rome wasn’t built in a day, it was a deliberate and well planned effort.
We are open to cooperating with developers and members of the ClassicPress official community to build this project in the best way possible.
We also think that being a commercial project benefitting from the software we can offer our support to the open source official project. That is why I asked the directors if we could have a section of our site inviting people to donate to the official project with a link to the official donations page.
We are also open to suggestions on how we can contribute more to CP official from the community.
I believe that cooperation between the official ClassicPress project and our commercial project is possible, and that being open to suggestions is going to help us plan and execute our commercial project even better.
Tagging @timkaye, @BlueSkyPhoenix, @wadestriebel, and @james since I believe that their input on the matter is very valuable.