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  • Microcosm is still taking new sites on.

    But... this is on a voluntary basis by me as I'm running the instance that hosts the early customers of Microcosm and maintaining it for them and LFGSS alike.

    Alternatives... still none.

    But if you're talking other people's software:

    • Facebook Groups
    • Google+

    If you're talking self-hosted or VPS rented:

    • Discourse (with a couple of plugins for events)
    • vBulletin
    • Vanilla (with a load of plugins for everything)

    Microcosm remains fairly unique unfortunately... a forum plus events is still only really answered by this product. Facebook and Google+ get you close but you don't control the space in which it operates or anything about it. The other forum products don't scratch the surface.

    What is the audience? What are the requirements?

    I'm fine with taking on new sites if I talk with the community leader/owner first to make sure you know the limitations, when costs kick in, etc.

    I take on small sites for free. Large sites I haven't yet charged except for all custom work and extensions (which are commissioned by the large site and made available to all, i.e. Rapha paid for the addition of sub-forums). Sites without bespoke work I only take on for a regular(-ish) donation to the costs. So far that figure has been very affordable, but these have all been non-profit communities.

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