If this trend continues, there’s always an option to fork the Community Edition and keep porting over security updates. But with time that’ll become more and more difficult. Plus I bet nobody would be able to do this in their spare time.
If a lot of Rocket.Chat CE communities would have to choose between switching to a different platform or donating a few dollars a month to a volunteer developer - maybe it’d be possible to have a fork going.
I think it would still be more beneficial to the Rocket.Chat team and the community if there was an affordable way to still use the previously available CE features for a small fee, as it’s clear most of them will not be able to afford that with the current plan.
It still sucks, but it is what it is - I understand that the company needs to make profit to keep operating, but this could seriously undercut the entire thing. The community good will and word-of-mouth marketing may have a bigger impact that expected.
I am managing a non-profit community focused around music production with FOSS and I use Rocket.Chat as an alternative to Discord, for the sake of user privacy and independence in case Discord some day decides we’re not worthy for whatever reason.
I am not currently using LDAP or Oath, and switching to Zulip would mean I’d have to ask ~300 users to migrate their accounts. That’d suck, but if Rocket.Chat will keep cutting down features from the CE, I might be left with no choice.