This morning I noticed that whoaverse had a huge, constant influx of new users. Awesome, but why? What caused this?
My first thought was that this must have been a result of some major newspaper writing an article about whoaverse (I wish!), but it turns out that reddit made a major change (which, judging by the knee-jerk reaction of redditors, made many people angry) which forced some people to start looking for alternatives.
While I appreciate people using whoaverse, I must say that I am a little bit overwhelmed. I am currently the only developer working on this project (2 more developers have started showing interested on GitHub) and I never really thought that people would actually use whoaverse. It has always been a side project to me, nothing too serious. Now there is this feeling of pressure which makes me feel that I must work harder on improving whoaverse and releasing new features. I have no idea where this is going, but I will try my best to keep working on whoaverse and implementing features listed on GitHub issue list.
There is no way reddit users would just jump ship and move to whoaverse, but if even a small fraction of redditors moves to whoaverse - whoaverse would not be able to bear the load in the long run and the site would have to be moved to the cloud (perhaps Microsoft Azure) which bares significant costs. As unemployed student, I would not be able to afford this.
Whoaverse would have to become a non-profit foundation and accept donations to stay afloat, just like Wikipedia.
Any ideas or thoughts on how to solve this "problem"?
Several people have reached out to me with proposals to incorporate, offering partnership, financing and legal services. Whoaverse legal entity registration is being discussed and we have big visions and plans with great ideas from this wonderful community for the future of whoaverse. There will be a press release soon covering the most important aspects while we work hard to organize a team of developers (I can not and will not do this task alone) and tackle several burning issues. We want to work closely with the community for which this platform has been built for by doing things right and doing the right things while at the same time learning from mistakes that Facebook, Digg and Reddit made in the past. We want to provide a platform which enables free speech and does not censor content simply because someone does not like what is being said. Your support is crucial during this transition. Thank you all so much!