CertifiedToRock is dead, long live CTR
If you are in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving. If you are not in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving.
You may have noticed that there hasn't been a site update in a long time. I think the overwhelming feeling among the groupies is sadness that we don't have time to put in the energy to the site that we want to. As the french say: Le bummer.
Do you have great hope for CertifiedToRock? Do you have time to put into it? Great!
We are looking to sell the site. You would get: domain name, code, architecture docs and resources, and all artwork in the source format (a mix of svg, xcf and psd). We'll also gladly consult with anyone who makes a serious offer to discuss ways to make money from the site.
We still believe in the mission of CTR so preference is given to inquiries that align with CTR's mission. We'll consider the monetary value, the reputation of the buyer, and their plans for how to use/build CTR.
We (Ben and Greg) have incurred nominal hosting and github expenses in running the site since GVS stopped running it. We plan to pay that back and then let the groupies decide how to invest the money back into the Drupal community. Chances are strong that we would give it as tips to members of the Drupal community on gittip.
Why should you buy CTR?
We think anyone who hires a lot of people (recruiters, large Drupal companies) can make CTR a very valuable part of their recruiting process. When we would run the analysis on the community we would look for people who shot up in ranking and consider hiring them. It's a great way to identify rising stars in the community! There's also room to build out small additional features and sell ads or premium listings alongside those new features. This could easily become a part-time job for someone and maybe a full time job (especially if you already do work related to training or recruiting or marketing Drupal firms). And that's just about monetary motivations.
The site has thousands of links from around the internet. It has become a "go-to" resource for quickly guaging the skils of a Drupal developer. It gets a fair amount of traffic even though we have not updated the metrics or evangelized the site in over 2 years.
When we launched CTR we got a ton of attention (mostly favorable, even). If you sponsor Drupalcon and Drupalcamps, consider that being the entity behind CTR is like having an evergreen sponsorship to get attention from potential clients, other Drupal shops, potential employees, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera
Why are we selling it?
Since we believe in CTR's mission we think a good way to ensure that the next owner is responsible with the site (for whatever missions they have) is to sell it. Someone willing to pay for the site is unlikely to turn around and throw it out (at least that's our theory). We also want to repay our wallets for the small amount of hosting and github service fees we've personally incurred since the GVS days.
Make an offer
Go and do it.. If your offer isn't for a lot of money, please offset that by being exceptionally entertaining.