OK, just wanted to get something up on the main page again, but so far we don't really seem to have a plan on how to get more people on the site.
I think I'm going to move up the deadline and, barring any burst in activity/membership, we'll probably shut the site down on December 1, 2014 (aka 361 days from now).
That will get us to 19 years in business. 20 sounded like a nice round number, but I can't see us doing two more years at this pace.
My next task is going to check with adrian about finding some solution that lets users download all of their content in some non-ugly format, but other than that, I'm not really taking any steps to reviving the site.
Again, I am open to any other options people advance. I mean, if Uncertain wants to take Oasis and just run it as a global gay non-profit, he can have it. Anything will be considered, or it will go away.
But two years at this glacial pace is too long, so tick-tock... who's got a plan?
To get rid of some of the major suggestions (both posted and what I got in pm's):
If we do outreach to schools, GSAs, etc., we would have to be a far more button-down site. 501iiic, advisory boards, staff and non-youth volunteers getting pedo-screened, etc., so that really isn't an option, that is starting an entirely new thing. Is someone with the desire/ability wants to pursue that, they are free to do so (provided they have the experience/skills/etc.).
A few people suggested we get more members who are xxx or yyy, who would benefit from the site. And, while those people probably would benefit, there's no plan there. Technically the site is open to everyone now, including those groups. So, we need to sort out how to get them here and active.
Keep it running
Not a real option. If the site is nearly abandoned, why keep it limping along. I'd rather force anyone on here, or who might sign up here before we shut down, to find active community online, or support elsewhere, than a site where that support may come days later. Plus, on a personal note, I do check in on the site all the time, and it's sort of needlessly habitual at this point, but I really need the site to be active, in someone else's hands, or gone.
Adrian has referenced keeping the site up and read-only after we shut down. I'm still not convinced that is merited. I mean, are people ever reading old columns from March 1996 or anything? I imagine not. I feel the site only has temporal appeal. But I could be wrong...