I would be willing to get involved in providing a really, really high quality forum as an alternative, especially if it can be seen as an official forum that is “shared” by EqualVote and CES.
In theory I could host a domain (maybe we could vote on the domain name?), with a high quality forum on Heroku. I already pay for a plan on Heroku, and the traffic of a board like this shouldn’t cost me more than I’m already paying.
If I were to have a big role in this, I would want to have the forum actively moderated for diplomacy/respectfulness, as well as to help guide the discussion in positive directions. I’d want to have regular “eat your own dogfood” type web polls. A few times a year we could have a vote (maybe alternating voting methods?) for chief moderator of the forums.
I’d probably encourage people to use their real names as their user names.
I’ve known @robla since way back (and we live near one another and have periodically met up in person, at least pre-lockdown). If he’d be willing to work with me on this in any capacity, I would welcome it. His credentials as a long time maintainer of Electowiki/Electorama/EM mailing list count for a lot, of course.
I am a big believer that both STAR and Approval voting are huge improvements over the status quo, and that, while IRV is not nearly as good as those two, it is way better than plurality. I would hope that the forums would approach things with that overriding philosophy.
You can see some of my work including some of my Quora voting content here: https://pianop.ly/portfolio/with-voting-links.html