When I took the initiative for the Common Website Project, part of my motivation was that IOPS needed better software for its website, but that it would be a pity to undertake the necessary effort just for IOPS alone. IOPS could become one of the participating groups finding a home at the common website. In the picture visualizing the concept in the initial CWP discussion forum, in unit 12, you will find a blue blob labelled “Iopsia”. This represented an area set aside for IOPS.
In the present discussion in IOPS around the question whether to go on or give up, Peter suggested that “maybe we should just advise any remaining IOPSers wanting to chat to move over to Alex’ Liquid Solidarity website and be done with it.”
If the IOPS membership (rather, the few members still having an interest) decides to continue the IOPS project, they’ll need a better website. As envisaged, the LS website will offer all the functionality of the IOPS site plus more. If the LS software is sufficiently developed, IOPS could migrate wholesale to LS by transferring the existing content (with some non-trivial but doable data conversion).
Assuming we’re able to do that – the current system is not ready for this – the question arises whether we’d want this. Or should we require that IOPS members explicitly opt for their profiles being copied to here?
I’ve been low key on advertizing the CWP and LS at the IOPS fora, although I’ve hinted at it. But now several members have stated that they are willing to work on improving the website software. Should we invite them here? Should we advertize LS more openly there? We could also attempt to raise interest among the members of the old IOPS Website Team.