Following up yesterday’s mess, just getting rafts of emails from people (rightfully) worried Feed2JS makes me heave large sighs. This was a nice little project, that started as something to fill my own needs, that I lofted out on the net… and all of a sudden people around the world are riding on it, small lonely bloggers and a few corporate types. Scary.
Bottom line- in less than a month, I will not even have access to the server at Maricopa where it sits. the folks there may look after it, but they do not even know much about it, and have other things to worry about. And despite some people’s “cute” attempts, it’s not part of my job at NMC to leap into action when the server borks, or help people figure out why their output is aligned left or…
So in some sense I want to let it out, let it go, or hopefully find some generous angel(s) to adopt it. I don;t want to own it, I want others to get free use out of it.
So I have half a plan. I have a company that has offered to host the main site for free. And there is even a parking spot for it. But I really want to find some other folks to chip in and help, some coders to tune up the code, some designers to keep the site up to date, some friendly folks to help people sort out issues. I want the code to be out there in open source land.
So likely, in the next week or two, a new site will appear, and the http re-directs will steer traffic from Maricopa. But I need some thinkers to help figure out a system that would allow people interested in being a public mirror (a copy site made available to others), to easily download the software, and then somehow register their new site. There needs to be a system that can update the other mirror sites that a new one is one the scene (my present awkward methods relies on an RSS feed from the home server- so if that goes down, so goes the list of mirrors).
So is anyone interested in helping out? I am going to put the software out there, but I am not going to be a lone support team for it…
The post "Feed2JSFuture" was originally slapped on the butt by a cigar smoking doctor yelling "It's a post!" at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2006/06/feed2jsfuture/) on June 29, 2006.