Maybe this is posted somewhere, but am curious what staff and users think about the long-range plan for iNat. How sustainable is the current growth rate of the site? Is funding sufficient at the present time to keep iNat functional for the next few years? Are there other sources of funding on the horizon? Where do you foresee the site being in 5 or 10 years?
Although not directly comparable, the photo storage website Flickr is going through financial issues and has been for some time. Too many “free-riders” and not enough subscribers to Flickr Pro. Since I pay to store thousands of photos on Flickr this is a bit alarming.
Having seen other database platforms that seemed viable go down after several years due to loss of personnel and funding, this issue of sustainability is also a personal concern of mine (as I’m sure it is of other users) and is often in the back of my mind when I post records in iNat.