RWAP wrote:Taking account of my ongoing health issues, I have been considering what would be best for the QL Wiki and other community projects which I currently run (such as the Z88 forums, the ZX80/ZX81 forums and the Sinclair QL GitHub).
Looking at what happened with World of Spectrum when Marjin was unable to continue with the site, it is important to consider the long term viability and what should happen if I (for example) were to walk under a bus tomorrow. My health issues also mean that I no longer have the time or energy to continue in the way that I have been.
My family would not really know what to do with the forums - and would not continue to pay for the hosting. There is also not really anyone else involved in the administration of the site. I also think that the QL Wiki is itself a barrier to people being involved, as there are certain people out there who cannot see beyond the fact that it was set up by me initially and is hosted on my server - so seem to think that it is my duty to update it!
After deliberation, I think the answer is to set up a non-profit organisation (Sinclair World ?) which could then own these resources and be responsible for their maintenance, improvement and upkeep. It would take some fund raising to set up the organisation, as well as willing hands to set everything up and create the necessary constitution, book-keeping etc to keep it viable.
What do others think - and who are the willing hands?
Well we have preserved more that 700 different programs in his Original format and we have practically more than 200 original manuals and inlays to scan.
When we will be at a good point on preserving QL stuff we can create a new site with ALL our stuff preserved and we can publish all Free stuff and new inlays scans.
So It will be great to UPDATE the Wiki too but we have a very LONG work ahead and we will go on for years!
We are also preserving ZX81 MIA stuff and all Sam Coupè stuff (I've a lot of originals and MIA's too) so is very hard to see the END of the TUNNEL
I'm also dumping my ZX original stuff because can be some difference with WOS stuff: I also have all new original Speccy titles edited on TAPE since 2003 and many are MIA's on WOS!
So the work is very very long