Before I went to Sakura this year I used their forums. It was a big help for me especially since it was my first time attending. There is a similar issue with A-Kon, they got rid of their forums. It too this year was my first time attending and without an official forum, I couldn't get to learn about the con, meet ups, make some friends before con, panel discussions, ect. I went to A-Kon knowing very little and not knowing anyone. I still had fun but it wasn't to the same level as Sakura. We just have to try to redirect new people to come here so what happened with me doesn't happen to others.
Anime California 2016