(forum ? question ?)
Some years ago, one of our public database/server has been published. But now the underlying data are obsolete, the main developers are gone, the PHP code looks like a bowl of spaghetti(*), only a few random users access our data worldwide, nobody wants to work on this....
What would be the correct to withdraw our service ?
- add a message in pubmed commons: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/
- add a banner on the web page
- if possible, push the code on github/sf/etc...
Furthermore, when starting a new service, what would be the correct way to prepare its unavoidable future retirement ?
- create a mailing list to alert the users later?
(*) that's not my code! that's not my code ! :-)