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Finding a new owner for SWSheets

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Over 2,000 characters have been created on swsheets.com since it launched in May of 2015. When I built it, I just needed a simple tool to help my local group track their heroes. I never expected to see the adoption from the PbP and online community, but it has been thrilling to watch unfold.

I love the site and the community around it, but I no longer have the time to show it proper TLC. The time has come for me to find a new owner and caretaker for SWSheets, someone who can take on the expenses of running it and spend more time on new features. 

Requirements

  • You are capable of adding new features. I will only consider transferring the site to folks who have submitted at least a couple of pull requests. The site is written in Elixir and Javascript, and deployed via Ansible. See it on Github.
     
  • You are willing to take on the expense of running the site. It’s about $85/year between the domain name and the server fees.

If you’re interested, there’s a number of open issues on the SWSheets Github issues page. One you’ve had two pull requests against these issues merged (with at least one not marked as “Beginner Friendly”), I’d be happy to talk about transferring the site, domain, etc. to you.

Deadline

If I haven’t found anyone by March 31st, 2018, then I’ll figure out a plan B.

FAQs

Q: Why not take donations instead?
A: I don’t have the time to work on the site. Taking donations would require time to integrate with PayPal / etc but would also create an expectation from donors that I would spend further time improving SWSheets. It wouldn’t be fair.

Q: Does this mean the site is ending?
A: No! I want to avoid that and will figure out something else before that happens.

Edited by sparker
Making it clear that the site isn't going down.

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12 hours ago, themensch said:

I've always had a keen interest in this site and I am interested in seeing it grow and flourish. I would definitely like to contribute to cover expenses - maybe if enough interest is shown a new hope will show itself?

That's extremely kind. I appreciate the willingness to contribute but I have to politely decline. Even if the site were free to run, I don't have the time to add new features. Donations aren't going to fix that I'm afraid.

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I'll echo what themench said. As someone who has used the site a lot, I am grateful for your work and commitment. Sadly, I don't have the technical skills to take over or I'd offer to. Hopefully a good candidate will step forward.

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4 hours ago, sparker said:

That's extremely kind. I appreciate the willingness to contribute but I have to politely decline. Even if the site were free to run, I don't have the time to add new features. Donations aren't going to fix that I'm afraid.

I understand that -- time constraints are the primary reason I didn't step up myself.  Throwing a few bucks at the emergent new owner is pretty painless though, so the offer stands.  

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Since it's been awhile, let me make clear that I'm no longer looking for a new maintainer for the site. Instead, I'm working on that "Plan B" mentioned above. Stay tuned.

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On 12/29/2017 at 1:29 PM, sparker said:

Since it's been awhile, let me make clear that I'm no longer looking for a new maintainer for the site. Instead, I'm working on that "Plan B" mentioned above. Stay tuned.

What is Plan B?  Were I any sort of coder I'd definitely jump in to help here, but I'm short on time for such things.  I mean, I ansible all the things for work and I can sling linux wherever linux is needed, but I don't have any delusions that this makes me a developer for projects such as this. 

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On 12/29/2017 at 4:29 PM, sparker said:

Since it's been awhile, let me make clear that I'm no longer looking for a new maintainer for the site. Instead, I'm working on that "Plan B" mentioned above. Stay tuned.

Plan b?

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