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I think Kevin should also be reminded of efforts to become independent by "rolling our own" version of the software. The names Scott Morrison and alpha.mathoverflow.net come to mind, but I may have them wrong. A simple search on meta.mathoverflow might turn the right names/discussions up.
Gerhard "Ask Me About System Design" Paseman, 2011.04.30
What happened to the idea of using OSQA?
(As it's written in python, we could even get decent mathematics support. I've lost count of the number of times that MO and Maths-SX have stalled on me due to MathJaX.)
Probably I should let Anton handle this, since he knows the details, but my understanding is that we haven't been offered the opportunity to upgrade. Period. The ball is in SE's court, and I don't think they've served it.
I'd second Andrew Stacey's idea to revisit OSQA (although I'm very fond of MathJax). OSQA seems to have matured significantly over the last year.
A colleague suggested http://kodingen.com, a very interesting young web development platform. I tried to get OSQA to run there, but my time and skills were not sufficient. Maybe somebody else has more luck.
@Ben: We were effectively offered the opportunity to migrate a while ago (in response to me bringing up the issue), but only by giving up access to the full database dumps. They're not very receptive to that condition, so in the long term we will probably migrate to another platform.
In the short/medium term, it seems like the best/easiest option is to keep running on SE 1.0, but the longer term is definitely something we're thinking about. In the near future, Scott and I were planning to try to get a copy of OSQA running to get a better feel for how it's evolved since we last looked at it. There are still lots of things that need to be sorted out before there are any big changes, so don't hold your breath yet.