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Future of the Tetration forum
#1
I am absolutely delighted about the progress that is recently going on, on the forum.
Unfortunately I am not in a good health state - for a longer time already - and so not able to dive into the marvellous treasures unfolding on the forum.
Though I don't suffer from a terminal illness there is still the uncertainty about the future of the forum, in case something happens to me.

So actually I would like to hear some ideas from you about how to let the forum continue beyond my mortality. The first thought would surely be to find a successor, and that successor later would find a successor and so on. But maybe there are also options to keep the forum going by a group of people - the forum board - and make collectively decisions regarding the forum (this is my favourite). But really any ideas (maybe also from a juristic standpoint) are welcome.

It does not take much to keep the forum running, let me list, what it takes:
  • paying  the hosting and renewal of the domain (currently roughly 35 Eur per year) - I am currently hosted at alfahosting - a German provider. With a little effort and a little downtime it could though moved to another provider.
  • update the forum software every some months (some IT skills & admin access required)
  • adding new requesting members (unfortunately the captcha didn't prevent bots from becoming members); for a group it would need a joint e-mail account
  • moderate postings, where necessary (the forum has a moderation system, which makes it easy to have a group of people moderating)
  • configure forum appearance, forum rules, software (e.g. wiki, mathjax, etc)
I don't know whether a group of people can have a hosting contract, or which juristic form that would need to take (also considering we all come from different countries). But something like that would quite preferable.

Curios to hear your ideas!
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#2
Hi, I feel very sorry to hear that. I hope you can recover well.

I'm not replying for the admin role. I don't have the economic capacity, the IT skill, the administration expertise, enough command of the English language and authority to run The Tetration Forum. Add to that that I'm totally blind to juristic matters.

Said that I believe that a collective group, max 3-4 ppl, could be a nice solution... idk if enough will show up.

I'm replying to the part where you ask for "... really any ideas".
In fact in the past 6 months I was thinking a lot about expanding the forum taking it up to speed of the new generation of math blogs and scientific communication sites.

I'm motivated to study the possibility of opening a hyperoperations/tetration blog and a connected discord chat.

The explicit model I have in mind is the triple:
  • The \(n\)-Category Café the less technical part of the trio, where the patrons write more informative-oriented articles on their current research and interesting topics.
  • The \(n\) Lab: a wiki for collaborative work on Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy. It grew out of the desire to have [an ...] indexed archives of the ideas and concepts surrounding the discussions at the The n-Category Café.
  • The \(n\) Forum: The nForum exists to help the work on the nLab. Of the two, the nLab is the more permanent record.
  • The Algebraic topology discord server.
Those three places works in a sort of synergy. I believe that following roughly a scheme like that could be interesting for the growth of the forum.
James' informative style could be amazing for a blog where he could advertise his research. A series of historical post, linking back to this forum and to a serious wiki could also advertise lot of past research from you, Kouznetsov, Romerio, Sheldon and others forum users.
The forum will stay as a the place where discussion and advance are made.

Roughly the sketch is the following:
  • An Hyperoperation Café (a blog): a place where to advertise the major results of the forum researchers, or where to make informative blogposts about our loved hyperoperations, a bit in the style of Math3ma's blog.
  • An Hyperoperation wiki: a place where to fix a stable terminology, references and polished concepts from papers.
  • The Tetration Foum
  • A Tetration discord: a place where we can have quick discussions, make decisions, host meetings, reading group, attract users to the forum.

I'm convinced that doing that and considering James' recent results and my effort to give a algebraic/categorical foundation of hyperoperations we could finally bridge the gap between tetration/h-ops and the mainstream.

MathStackExchange account:MphLee

Fundamental Law
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#3
(10/11/2021, 07:45 PM)bo198214 Wrote: I am absolutely delighted about the progress that is recently going on, on the forum.
Unfortunately I am not in a good health state - for a longer time already - and so not able to dive into the marvellous treasures unfolding on the forum.
Though I don't suffer from a terminal illness there is still the uncertainty about the future of the forum, in case something happens to me.

So actually I would like to hear some ideas from you about how to let the forum continue beyond my mortality. The first thought would surely be to find a successor, and that successor later would find a successor and so on. But maybe there are also options to keep the forum going by a group of people - the forum board - and make collectively decisions regarding the forum (this is my favourite). But really any ideas (maybe also from a juristic standpoint) are welcome.

It does not take much to keep the forum running, let me list, what it takes:
  • paying  the hosting and renewal of the domain (currently roughly 35 Eur per year) - I am currently hosted at alfahosting - a German provider. With a little effort and a little downtime it could though moved to another provider.
  • update the forum software every some months (some IT skills & admin access required)
  • adding new requesting members (unfortunately the captcha didn't prevent bots from becoming members); for a group it would need a joint e-mail account
  • moderate postings, where necessary (the forum has a moderation system, which makes it easy to have a group of people moderating)
  • configure forum appearance, forum rules, software (e.g. wiki, mathjax, etc)
I don't know whether a group of people can have a hosting contract, or which juristic form that would need to take (also considering we all come from different countries). But something like that would quite preferable.

Curios to hear your ideas!

Henryk,

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing you the best of health.  I'm not a network admin or an IT person.  But maybe as McPhee says, we could have a group of folks.  The Eur cost seems very reasonable; and that seems to me to be the smallest obstacle.

Thank you again for your time, energy, and everything else over the years.  We don't appreciate you enough!
- Sheldon
- Sheldon
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#4
I'd like to say that the money is definitely not a problem. I'd be happy to fork over that amount of money yearly to keep this forum up and running.

I am not qualified when it comes to php or html (or whatever scripting language this forum runs on). But if no one else is fluent, I'd be willing to learn. I'd have no idea how to make sure bots don't overrun us Dodgy ; but, again, I can't imagine it'd be that hard considering how niche a forum we are.

And, as Sheldon said, my heart is with you, Henryk; and you have my best wishes.

Regards, James
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