I caught wind of a new insight (credit: @leanne), that enables some foreshight into aspects of the possible future.
The following quote is to be found as the update section at the bottom of this post:
Prosus has known about AI and its workings for years.
They have their own AI team.
They have purchased StackExchange, Udemy, CodeAcademy, and other learning sites.
Based on this information, I posit that "the writing's on the wall": Prosus is going to be using these sites' data for its own search/learning system that they can possibly hugely monetize. Soon, no more "volunteers" needed...
And, if international corporations, like US corporations, are beholden to their shareholders... well, that's why they seem to not care about their volunteers.
We, the AskUbuntu community are on this platform with a specific mission.
The above speculated developments however do not seem to be aligned with our goals.
Specifically, they seem to impose a risk on the healty support of the Ubuntu project through human contributions.
Please, anyone well-connected and insightful among you, start studying the challenge, and maybe implement some precautionary measures in support of a possible migration away from the StackExchange infrastructure, so that if / when it proves necessary, you can tackle it well-prepared.
Thank you, and bless Linux and Ubuntu.
Considering that the strike did not yet get resolved, and I see sentiment that may project another exodus of existing users, I wonder if that exodus would be enough to impact SE's normal operation even before they could pivot to their AI-oriented business model.
In other words, the strike sentiment may trigger complications sooner than otherwise expected.
If SE doesn't sufficiently revert that policy, then we can reckon with our information having started to decay from the beginning of June 2023.
A decay that
- keeps proliferating further every day
- we won't be able to repair
as long as we are on this platform.