Listening to every heart
When I joined in 1999, it wasn't too long after that when PiP wasn't available for a day or so because so many people signed up and/or there was an electrical glitch, something like that.
I panicked! All the new folks I met - all the poetry I hadn't backed up...OMG...I literally, suddenly, felt cut off from the world. I had already come to know this family of poets as just that, people I knew I would never abandon.
Since then, I have been grateful for each day that PiP lives. I've also been extremely grateful for the off-site friendships that have developed. So, whether PiP survives for several more decades, or disappears tomorrow, the friendships that I have made in these last nine years is what really matters.
And what can be considered either long or short term? Against what parameter are you measuring a site's longevity? Isn't the internet new enough [still] that we do not have a set length of time against which a site dies? Perhaps Ron will even make internet history of having one of the largest, longest surviving sites ever!
As for things going to dust...that's all possible, of course. But then, books have lived a longer life than 100 years...so it's quite possible that this site could, too, in ways we may not even comprehend yet.
Interesting question, Ess. Thanks!