The more we move towards a formal set-up, the more we head into territory that normally people are monetarily compensated for.
Design: from Logos to themes and other UX elements.
Content: if we want a blog, it won’t write itself.
Moderation & other behind the scenes site management.
All of these take time and effort, and while we’re a small community of refugees from Another Place, it’s all well and feels good (maybe) to volunteer, but as we grow…
I know we’ve got a broad and deep set of professional skills in this community, but that’s the point: professional means “not for free”.
Maybe it’s time we got our hands dirty and discussed compensation for those who are putting in the extra work to make the place look shiny. Yes, we have to figure out our funding, so we have somewhere for that compensation to come from, but I would feel better if I knew our eventual logo designer, for example, would be getting at least a small stipend for their contribution. The same with our hardworking management.