There has been some recent concerns about MathOverflow's relationship with StackExchange: see
- What is MathOverflow's "agreement" with Stack Exchange?
- How much is MathOverflow exposed to recent events on StackExchange?
Suppose MO were to decide to sever the relationship (not that I am advocating it at the present), how far away are we from having a replacement?
Finding hosting and DNS service will cost some money, but is relatively benign as problems go. But what about the backend software? Our agreement (a copy is posted here) states in Section 7 that
Subject to Section 8, should MathOverflow wish to migrate its data outside of the Stack Exchange network, Stack Exchange shall, within thirty (30) days of receipt of a written request from MathOverflow, provide MathOverflow with a complete and current database that contains all the data necessary to recreate MathOverflow on MathOverflow's own servers and software. Following such transfer, StackExchange will cease all use of the MathOverflow database.
Do we know what said database would look like? Is there already software compatible with serving based on that database, or is that something that will require development?