This comes after much deliberation and thought on the matter. The user interface, while we believe has a number of strong points, has always had a number of warts, quirks, and weaknesses. Often these are acknowledged and the desire is there to fix them, but seemingly invariably the time it takes to apply some proper polish or undertake a necessary refactoring work escapes us and the quirk, wart, or weakness gets buried in an ever growing stack of things to do.
So if you’re interested in tinkering and improving OGS, pull requests are welcome! Want to fix that thing that’s been bugging you for 3 years that should be an easy fix? Excellent! Open your favorite editor and get to cracking! Know a thing or two about color theory you want to see applied here? Great! Hack away at some style sheets! Want to build a cooler better interface? Cool! Explore the code to see what we call and how we do things.
This is a long overdue step in the evolution of OGS and we’re quite excited to see where it leads
P.S. Yes we are considering opening the back end as well, but that’s quite a can of worms to do and there are a lot of things to consider so 1) no promises and 2) if we do decide to open it up, it’ll be awhile still.