For those that don't know me, I coordinated Pioneer development from 2011-2015. Since then I've mostly been looking after the server that runs the website, forum and wiki, and renewing the domains each year.
Time for that to change! My circumstances are about to change and its not really going to be possible to keep doing this, so I'm looking to hand it all off to someone.
(I will be emailing impaktor directly to let him know about this post, and I expect that he'll have the final say on anything. Hopefully posting here first is not going about things in the wrong order but hey, at least, you now know that stuff behind the scenes!)
The specific things I want to hand off:
- main website
- dev forum
- the two domain names, pioneerspacesim.net and pioneerwiki.com
- PayPal donations
PayPal donations, alas, only attract around USD$10-15/year. I appreciate it, but its not nearly enough to cover the domain costs. A funding drive might help here, and maybe something like Patreon would be a better fit for subscription-style funding.
The machine that runs the infrastructure for the website, forum and wiki is a VM at DigitalOcean that all up is USD$22/month. My employer has been paying for this in the background (its a tiny tiny % of our overall DO spend), and if someone wanted it I could just transfer it to another DO account, but you will find cheaper and easier options elsewhere.
(@specing in IRC suggested https://freegamedev.net/ might be a good new home. I would have looked towards Github Pages and Wikis to replace the homepage and wiki, though I have fewer ideas about where to put the forum).
I'd ideally like to have this all handed away by the end of February 2023 at the latest. I have a backup plan in mind if necessary, but it would mean vastly reduced responsive/availability for the web stuff. I am of course happy to assist, especially with data migration, but I will not be taking the lead on decisions and coordination. Someone else will have to do that (might be a good opportunity for a lurking web or sysadmin person to help the project out).
Best way to reach me is via email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'm also lurking as @robn in #pioneer on libera.chat for the moment. I'll keep an eye on this thread too.