Should we consider planning to move Code Golf to our own site outside the Stack Exchange network?
Reasons to consider leaving
This post was spurred by recent events, but it's been in my mind for a while. Stack Exchange has been losing community trust for years. If you haven't followed main Meta and its many controversies, a few good starting points are Dennis's resignation yesterday, this SO Meta post on the site's direction, their aggressive ads, and their unilateral TOS changes and relicensing. More and more, I feel uneasy associating with and monetarily benefiting SE through my participation.
In more practical terms, I'm not confident that Stack Exchange Inc. will remain financially solvent and keep their servers running in the years to come. Large layoffs in the past, new VC funding forcing aggressive monetization, and a just-appointed new CEO make me uncertain for SE's future.
Separately, having our own site could free us from limitations of a format designed for Q&A and let us implement features tailored to challenges and code golf. Consider the flaws of SE we've had to wrestle with, like FGITW and HNQ encouraging boring challenges and trivial solutions, fostering a culture that led ais523 to delete their account.
Planning for the future
Should SE die in body or in spirit, I'd very much like our code golf community to keep going. And were this to happen, I think we'd be in a much better position to have put some thought into plans to migrate off site in advance.
I don't take a suggestion to move lightly, or even necessarily favor it myself at this point. Stack Exchange has provided us with loads of support, infrastructure, and publicity. They have graciously treated us as a real SE site even though our challenge-based format is a round peg in their square Q&A hole. They recently made us a custom site design and supported our unusual renaming. We may not fully appreciate how much SE provides until we have to handle it all ourselves, especially for us non-mods who aren't privy to sensitive issues being resolved discreetly behind the scenes.
An effort to build our own site, Axtell, has made amazing progress but has gone on hiatus. Perhaps it could be revived with renewed interest.