Many of you have been wondering what is happening at STW, and asking about version 4. Well, I’m very sad to announce that as Threeplicate we are abandoning the project.
It would not only be unfair, but irresponsible to keep pretending that everything is fine and we’re still working on the project. There haven’t been any changes for the past 6 months, and now it’s time to face the reality.
The reasons behind this decision are several, and here are the most relevant (in no particular order):
- the codebase has grown too intricate to be salvageable
- the Visual Editor is totally broken, and there’s no obvious way to make it work while still playing nicely with WikiMarkup
- we have failed to find a viable business model that allowed us to invest in the project
- there is an ever growing need for less vertical, more integrate solutions
- the community around STW is desolate at best (and this is at least partially our fault)
- the forum is plagued by spam (as many as 20 messages per day).
The net result is that we can’t afford – from both an economic and humane point of view – to keep the project going.
What Will Happen?
Fear not, you can keep using STW for as long as you wish, the application is not disappearing. So, this is what will happen:
- we (the original authors) will retain ownership of the entire project, which will be available in source code form on Bitbucket (the same place where it is now) under GPLv2
- we’ll shut down the website, forum and blog, but we’ll make sure all the documentation will still be available (either in the repository or on Bitbucket – we’d appreciate help to migrate the documentation)
- we won’t provide support or bugfixes anymore
- we won’t provide compiled packages anymore
- we’ll remove STW from the Web Application Gallery (WAG).
Note: the website, blog and forum will remain online for at least 4 weeks. The @ScrewTurnWiki Twitter handle will be kept active indefinitely, as it’s a quick way to get in touch with us.
What About Commercial Licenses?
Obviously, we won’t provide commercial licenses anymore. Existing customers will continue to get priority email support until the natural expiration of their contracts. Commercial licenses are lifetime and thus will continue to be valid.
Is That It?
Yes, but we’re open to suggestions. If there’s someone who’d like to take over (or purchase) the project, just drop us a line so we can discuss.
Summing It Up
We’ve counted more than 200k downloads from our website, plus 134,000 from the WAG. Traffic is pretty much constant and it exceeds 15k unique visitors per month, 82k page views and 1.8k unique downloads.
I want to thank every one of you who has used ScrewTurn Wiki during the past 7 years, has provided feedback or reported bugs, or has developed a plugin. Thank you, I really mean it. Also, I want to send a special appreciation to Jeff Atwood, who in 2008 donated $5k to the project out of his own pockets. The money itself hasn’t been particularly useful for the project except for buying some of my time to work on it, but it has helped in building my entrepreneurial spirit. So, thank you very much Jeff.