The Citizendium wishes to bring you up-to-date regarding our technical and financial situation. In the process of implementing the new governance of CZ last week, it has come to light that the financial situation of the project is not as sound as we had thought it to be. The CZ Management Council (MC) has begun procedures for routine backing up of all of CZ's many applications and anticipate no loss of data, although this is a time-consuming task and will take many days to complete. We encourage all members to continue to participate on CZ and the Forums in the usual manner. The MC has begun to look at new funding options, including a fund-raising campaign, but there are many logistics with this to work out, such as, IRS reporting requirements.
We are also looking at cost-cutting measures to bring our hosting and technical expenses in line with the scope and scale of our community. We know our current technical specifications, but given our situation, we’ll need to figure out the minimum technical specifications upon which we can operate. Once we know our bare requirements, we can make informed decisions about hosting. Acting prematurely could hurt us more than help us, as the people we contact may be put off by the lack of understanding we have right now about our own product.
We are fully aware that there are people within the community who may be able to help, and we have already discussed possibilities with them. We will continue to take advantage of the expertise you have to offer when we can.
If you wish to add you thoughts or have a suggestion, you can email the chair of the MC Russell D. Jones
, create a new topic on our community input boards
, or continue the discussion at governance issues
Your faith in the project, as always, will keep us moving forward.