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Let me begin by saying I've sunk over 3 months of my life into this project, with the hope of bringing about a non-commercial, transparent, optionally anonymous alternative to reddit.
I feel like the project is finally close enough to feature complete to take a step back from development. Of course there is still a never-ending list of things to do, or be improved, but I simply cannot justify spending any additional time past what I have already invested (a quarter of a year) at my current position in life on a project which may or may not be used, while forgoing all income aside from inconsistent bug bounty payouts and (lol) runescape botting. Even if this project never sees use, I'll never view the time invested as lost. It certainly re-sharpened my dev skills after over a year of atrophy, and has directly resulted in many invaluable interactions/experiences I would not have had otherwise.
Thank you to EVERYBODY who has contributed in some way to this project.
It's honestly quite impactful emotionally to step back from daily development on a project which has been your primary concern and focus for the past quarter year year of your life, and to admit it hasn't (yet?) sustained the consistent level of use it set out to achieve. The question of 'what do I do now' is daunting, but it HAS to be something which brings in, preferably consistent, income. Realistically, my options are 1. Focus on bug bountys full time, 2. Start (seriously) looking for and applying to fulltime dev/security positions, or 3. Focus on independent, commercial ( but still open-source) work
I obviously will still use the site daily, actively post any life events, traveling, bug bounty writeups, new projects, etc, and comment/moderate. I'll probably will even still commit code fairly often, I just cannot justify the full-time hours I have put into it daily for the past several months.
I'll continue to link this site anywhere that it is relevant, and ask that (you) kindly do the same. If there comes a time in which the internet decides a site like this is needed, it will be here. If the site once again achieves a significant level of use, I'll re-prioritize development accordingly.
I've also decided to hold off on the name change until the community overwhelmingly deems it as something which should happen.
Thank you again to EVERYBODY who has contributed in any way to this project. Whether that be code, moderation, or posts/comments/votes. I love you all, even https://ieddit.com/u/adolf-hitler/ who was the only person I had to ban for the first 2 months of this project. You all have been great <3