I have recently learned about Scholarly Hub, a membership-driven hub for sharing research and teaching, connecting with others, housing pre-prints, and more. Seems like something like Academia.edu but not for profit and that doesn't sell your data. Check it out: https://www.scholarlyhub.org/
Maybe kind of like a co-op for scholars?
@Matt_Noyes @chendricks sounds bad, I dislike Researchgate for all its gamification and the noninformative emails trying to lure you back to the webpage just to figure out if something is worth your attention. I wonder how well it really works on their average target user.
Academia.edu must truly be terrible...
@Matt_Noyes I haven't used Researchgate except that I sometimes try to download stuff from it and one has to be a member, which is less than ideal. my sense is that this new one (Scholarly Hub) would have stuff available even if you're not a member. The focus is on sharing and connection rather than money-making, and it's the latter that requires closing things off. AT least, that's how I'm reading their info so far.
Let's hope it develops well -- a cooperative academic research sharing site would be great.
I like Research Gate because I can follow people easily, download papers they make public, request copies of papers that are not uploaded to the site. The basic functionality does not require upgrading to a premium account (unlike Academia.edu).
@chendricks it seems like a very positive initiative. I contributed a bit to their fund-raising campaign a little while ago and am eager to see it start launching.Hopefully they'll build their social networking features supporting ActivityPub--could be very interesting to see how that would extend around something Mastodonish.