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There's Life Announcement and Request (long) 

Hello, world! Or, more specifically, the community.

I hope you all are doing well and are having incredibly enjoyable days.

The announcement: I'm going to be stepping down as administrator of There's Life. I will be increasingly busy with work, school, and family in the following months and I was wisely advised to pass my role to someone else.

I'm not going to write some farewell address, since I'm not leaving just yet. Instead, I am currently looking for another capable administrator who would be interested in taking my place.

This would involve:

  • Administrating the server (updates, general sysadmin stuff)
  • Administrating the website (managing federation, descriptions, helping people with their accounts, etc.)
  • Guiding the direction of There's Life

Along with any other miscellaneous tasks these require.

There are many people who can manage a server, but fewer are likely to be willing to handle all of these.

All other projects related to There's Life, including the Plume instance, Funkwhale instance, and all future plans, will be continued or ended according to the discretion of the new administrator.

Yes, I'm looking for another "BDFL". Unless the community is coordinated enough to manage everything by itself, this is the primary option available.

The whole transition will take place over a certain amount of time and will involve lots of communication (text messaging, video calls) to ensure that the new administrator will be faithful and trustworthy.

Primary qualifications:

  • Has some experience with system administration (it need not be professional)
  • Is a follower of Jesus (this is a Christian community)

If you'd like to discuss this and possibly consider taking this position, please come chat over Matrix. My ID is @mott:matrix.org

Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this.

More information about this will be posted in the coming weeks and keep the process transparent to the community.

Other notes:

I won't leave my position until I am certain everything is running smoothly. My departure is not imminent. It will be a month or two at soonest.

Additionally, I'm looking for people who are willing to administrate There's Life (manage the servers, finances, etc.) for the foreseeable future. This is a one-way transfer, and I'd like the new administrator to commit to administrating the server for at least a year.

@josias Change of ownership is always a concern. How will this affect finances? Will the new admin share the same vision?

@zudn Indeed. This will certainly be one of the major things that will need to be discussed.

The new OpenCollective instance may help with that, but it might get complicated.

When you ask about "vision", what do you mean specifically? At the moment I simply pay for hosting and related costs and then get reimbursed in part by the community.

@josias I think you posted your vision just recently about it being a place for the gospel, and not politics, or something like that. A positive place.

@zudn Oh yes. I reposted that because I wanted to emphasize the purpose of this place. I'm confident we can continue this vision.

@josias This makes me sad, but I hope we will all be praying for God to move in this, that He would have someone perfect for the task and make the transition smooth! We can all be doing that right now.

There's Life Announcement and Request (long) 

@josias
I don't have the spare energy to put myself forward for any of this, but out of curiosity, is the Funkwhale instance up and running, or still in the planning stages? How would you rate its degree of difficulty?

Good on you for recognizing your limits and not overloading yourself, and thank you for all the effort you've put into this community!

There's Life Announcement and Request (long) 

@TMakarios The Funkwhale instance is almost entirely set up. It's even theoretically running. It just keeps crashing for some reason I was unable to fix yet. I would judge its difficulty to be easy, but I'm not sure since I haven't done it yet.

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