There has been recent turmoil on StackExchange (relating to various issues) and there are thoughts rising that it might be better for the community to be more independent from the commercial side of StackExchange.
We may repeat that meta-discussion over here. We should/can ask ourselves what specific measures we can take in the statistics corner?
- What can we do to become more independent from the community/people's source code of the old platform and become an open-source source model that is more decentralized and more controlled by the community, the community that is also creating the content?
- Are there steps we can take that are specific for CrossValidated?
For example, there is a wide spectrum of possibilities:
An extreme case would be to create a spin-off as has been done before (see PhysicsOverflow)
As a softer version of a spin-off we could possibly disentangle our contributions from Cross Validated by posting the majority of our contributions elsewhere. This will create more diversity in the ownership of platforms by which the content is spread to the public/internauts.
Posting shorter answers here and placing more in-depth content elsewhere may work because it is the length of posts that relates to the quality of the content, at least the score of the posts does relate to the length of the post
Ideally we should make a smaller step than fully separating (as proposed on meta by Scortchi). That is because disconnecting from StackExchange removes many advantages (like connections with other SE sites).
The goal of this post is that, based on the suggestions, we might start to develop a consensus solution that provides options for breaking the corporate monopoly, and unites the community, and prevent chaos and prevent separation, prevent splits in the community and prevent that we will start to move in different ways.