Could social.coop set up it's own Loomio instance?
Loomio.org is no longer offering ongoing gratis hosting for unfunded groups, and groups set up under the pay-what-you-can deal are now being offered the choice to:
sign up for a paid deal
beg for a $1 per member per year deal
I don't think this is cool, and I've started a discussion with the Loomio Community about it here (you may need to be a member of that group to access this thread):
What this suggests to me is that we can't allow ourselves to depend on centralized infrastructure, even when it's run by social enterprise, structured as a worker-owned cooperative. Does the social.coop community have the capacity to:
stand up and maintain its own Loomio instance, for its own use, and as an added benefit to members of the social.coop cooperative?
help to develop automated export/ import tools so groups can easily move their groups between Loomio instances?
help to developed federation tools, so that users on any given Loomio instance can participate in groups and decisions on other instances?
The Loomio developers often seem to have more things they'd like to do than they have the capacity to carry out in the short term. I expect they'd be happy to accept code implementing these features into upstream, as long as they didn't cause any bugs or other problems. If not, a set of plug-ins or a soft fork could be maintained for any instance admins wishing to use them.