46 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

In my opinion, if it were easy for MathOverflow to leave, then we should have done it already. There's no bright line, but it's become clear over the last few years that Stack Exchange Inc is not an ...
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What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

As the founder of one of the sites on this network, who has put an insane amount of time into building that community of 6000+ users, I want to escape from SE just as much as anyone else, but ...
Nike Dattani's user avatar
27 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

For one thing, I would consider SE changing drastically the licensing on MO data, or making restricted commercial profit out of it, to be a red line. In my opinion, MO data should remain free to ...
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26 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

To me, the answer comes down to "what makes life easiest for the mods". I don't feel any loyalty or goodwill to the SE corporation, but I also don't feel goodwill to the deans and provosts ...
David E Speyer's user avatar
23 votes

What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

In addition to practical issues around making the move and practical issues around whether the new hosts would do as good a job as SE, there's also the major concern of whether the new hosts would ...
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What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

Answering directly to your questions: Would we retain the same domain name? Yes, because the domain name is property of the Mathoverflow foundation. Source How similar would the user interface be? ...
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19 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

I suspect that the only way, in practice, to engineer a "MOexit" is the same way Brexit happened: have a referendum. A MOexit that isn't backed by an election result is surely going to be ...
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14 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: Codidact was born of a previous mass exodus from SE and has some experience with migrating data from SE to their software platform, QPixel.
Federico Poloni's user avatar
13 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

I love MO, and have always been a big fan of 'sticking it to the man' whenever possible. That being said, as I get older I'm beginning to feel the effects of constantly cutting off my nose to spite my ...
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11 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

Converted from a comment by another user: To me, one of the thresholds triggering the "nuclear option" would be SE firing one or more MO mods (the current agreement between MO and SE does ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
5 votes

What would be the disadvantages of a (hypothetical) MOexit?

This probably depends on the way how MO would (try to) continue. As a separate site (with its own hosting and infrastructure), or as a part of some network which hosts several sites. (I.e., something ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
5 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: PhysicsOverflow has a setup that's reasonably close to MO. It runs on the Question2Answer software. It was in part set up a kind of exodus from physics.stackexchange
Federico Poloni's user avatar
5 votes

Is there a software solution if we do cut the cord from SE?

Converted from a comment: I would expect the database to be in a form similar to the existing periodic data dumps at https://archive.org/details/stackexchange (not that I have any idea what those ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
2 votes

At what point should MO recognise it needs to leave Stack Exchange Inc?

There's no such thing as a "line in the sand." It implies that one can define a precise boundary between acceptable and unacceptable behavior, which I think is absurd on its face. The fact ...
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