SN has to find $240 (about £170) by November 6 in order to pay for another year of online security. Clive (Jitendra) (who has no interest in SN) has personally covered the vast majority of such expenses for the last three years and no longer wishes to bear this burden. So the responsibility rests on us, the clientele.
If anyone is willing to contribute towards this fee then please just get in touch, don’t send anything yet until it’s clear how much could be raised.
If the fee isn’t paid on time then Clive has said the site might possibly be able to keep going for a while but would be far more subject to problems, vulnerable to hackers etc.
If we don’t want to risk that then an alternative would be to re-open SN on facebook, as a discussion site, so that articles and responses could be maintained.
But whether or not it would be worthwhile making efforts to continue SN, in its current or another form, would depend on ideas and contributions from readers, which have slowed right down in recent months. So it could be that SN has run its course and that this is the right time to finish.
If the site doesn’t continue in its current form then we’ll aim to keep its contents, ‘mothballing’ it all for ‘posterity’, as a historical resource, which was co-founder Parmatha’s wish. However, I understand that might not be technically straightforward so at present nothing is definite.