Your comment makes me want to say a few things that I have felt for a long time. Please understand they are not directed at you personally.
If, after all the feedback on this forum about communication, iSpot believes its problems are financial, then the penny has not even begun to drop.
Even so, I wish I had known money was in short supply and that disaster lurked around the corner. I would have done everything in my power to help, modest as it is.
If iSpot had asked for user testimonials to support your next grant application, I would have given you my version of the heartfelt and measured comments made by reefpaths; of how iSpot completely transformed and kickstarted my ability to engage with biodiversity and become an active recorder, a source of interest, learning, pleasure and maybe even some use that will be with me for the rest of my life. I guarantee you would have been swamped with similar endorsements.
If iSpot had asked for volunteer effort in applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (just an example), I would have sent my CV the same day.
If iSpot had launched a Crowdfunder, my credit card would have been out in a flash. Speaking purely for myself, I owe iSpot, why didn't you ask?
I could go on but personally I doubt that money is the main issue.
There has always been a problem with university-led projects like iSpot. To us they look like public service sites that will go on forever but, in reality, isn't their primary purpose as online laboratories for the research interests of current staff members? Their longevity through staff transitions can never be assured. This is a potential reputational risk to the host institution that needs to be carefully managed. Maybe all of us disgruntled users should try to remember that, but, and it's a very big but - when something becomes as good as iSpot was and so deliberately sets out to be a hub for and indeed to rely on huge voluntary effort, it's easy to forget its origins.
I was brought up not to criticise unless I know all the facts. Clearly I don't. I simply cannot comprehend, never mind explain the lack of high level communication that has bedevilled the last few months. So I shouldn't criticise, maybe for some unknowable reason I would have been obliged to stay silent. But I am entitled to say that, in my mind and mine alone, it will take a while for the OU's reputation to recover.
More importantly, the formal teaching of taxonomy lies in tatters in this country (UK). And now it looks like pollinator biomass is collapsing all around us. Citizen Science can play a vital role in gathering desperately needed data if properly organised and curated. To quote just 2 examples groups such as BWARS and The Hoverfly Recording Scheme are doing incredible work through their Facebook pages based on voluntary effort. Why has iSpot been allowed to go backwards? It could be a national asset.
We need what it has to offer more than ever.