Loomio free tier coming to an end
I have a message from Loomio saying that they are closing the free tier and that we will need to start paying.
The reason we set up Loomio was for it's decision making tools. My own experience had been that talk-gb discussions often go off topic and are hard to determine whether any consensus was ever found. There is also a question about whether mailing lists are the right forum to reach the wider audience that we should aspire to (although I note that asking people to sign up to Loomio is another hurdle).
We've had some success with Loomio's decision making tools, for example in picking AGM locations, Quarterly Projects and our annual strategy. Use has not been as extensive as I had hoped.
We have some options here:
Continue to use Loomio at a cost of USD 107 per year (USD 1 per member as we get the volunteer group discount). I am writing to Loomio to ask for further discounts given that we don't have 107 active members.
Investigate a self host solution - after all Loomio is open source. I looked at this and is not something I can personally do. We need root access to a server, something which we don't currently have. https://github.com/loomio/loomio-deploy
Club together with OSMF. We know they use Loomio for just their board members. I have sent an email to find out what their plans are.
Call it quits and leave Loomio for something else.
As an aside, there is some early work to get more features added to the core openstreemap.org website. I cannot see this being complete by the end of January. See https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/pull/2390