We need your help.
For the last two years, Draw3Cards has been the best Q&A site I know about Magic. You made it so. We’ve had a lot of passionate users participate, ask and answer questions, and some even edited and help maintain the site’s source code. All this help was given volenterally, for the good of the Draw3Cards community (and for gaining a little bit of reputation and badges :)).
Still, the core maintenance work was done by a select few, with myself as the owner and founder carrying most of the burden.
The good folks of Stack Exchange were able to provide us with free hosting for the last two years, which is something we’re very grateful for. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and by December 31th 2011, Draw3Cards will have to migrate to a dedicated host.
My plan for executing this migrating was to move to an OSQA instance, which seemed like a solid option (and still does). One thing I over estimated was the free time I will have for doing this migration and maintenance. Career wise, I have recently joined a new startup, and will not have a lot of time to maintain Draw3Cards. Even if I managed to magically create some extra time and complete the migration, I believe the continued maintenance of D3C will take more than what I have to offer.
So, the bottom line is – we need your help, and we’re willing to pay for it. I am willing to offer compensation, either as a direct payment, or preferably as joined ownership of Draw3Cards and revenue sharing, in exchange for helping with the migration and maintenance efforts. I really think someone from the community could give Draw3Cards the boost it needs to survive and bloom. This will not be a startup that ends up being sold for millions of dollars – the revenue we’re making from ads is minimal, although growing. The real benefits will be the experience of owning a small business of your own, something you feel passionate about and want to help live and grow.
As a note, it’s worth stating that I have contacted Stack Exchange and suggested again they migrate Draw3Cards to a Stack Exchange 2.0 site, and they declined on the grounds it is too specialized. Instead, they prefer Draw3Cards remains an independent site.
If you think Draw3Cards deserves to remain the leading Magic Q&A site, know a little bit of programming/IT, and want to get a chance to own a site with 1,500 unique visitors a day (it’s been a terrific experience for me!), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org