But I think the strongest way forward would be to help with the coding of Plebbit, if you have the skills. Plebbit is Free Software designed to provide the same experience as Reddit but without the centralization / censorship. It is a distributed platform. The maintainer is Esteban Abaroa.
The project uses cool IPFS (Inter Planetary File System) and ENS (Ethereum Name System) technology, if you are interested in that. There is a token too, Plebbit. One thing you might encounter early on is Plebbit's use of CAPTCHAs. These are chosen by the Sub's moderator and help protect the system from vandalism. The chat on the Telegram is mostly from people interested in the token. If you try posting, check that the node/Sub/community is online by seeing if the light is green or red. Probably best to stick with /p/test sub/ or /p/pol/ if you just want to try. There is a client you can try and download too.
@Sam_uk seems to have extensive code changes and also how the app is built. I fear this will not be maintainable in the long run. Do you know why the upstream project does not just rely on local assets?
@Sam_uk such data migration is always a bit tricky. You might be able to first install a fresh Nextcloud without the Cloudron user management and then import a backup from the other instance. Only do this in a test app instance first though.
@sam_uk : it's a very interesting and good discussion.
Like @scooke, I'm not sure it's my place to comment much, as it is entirely up to @girish & @nebulon how they want to take things forward.
I can certainly see that some arrangement like this would get massive thumbs-up from the OS community, and consequently could lead to a significant (huge?) uptake of Cloudron by OS enthusiasts. Meaning there could be a self-interested benefit to Cloudron doing it. But I'm not sure there is something broken which needs fixing, so maybe leave well alone.
And having said all that, as valuable and excellent a platform as Cloudron is, it's a gateway for deploying and managing OS apps. Does Cloudron itself have to be OS? It's still fantastic and I'm no less of a fan, even if it isn't. If some evil empire body does acquire it, well, life becomes less easy, rather than being directly threatened.
While the apps that I deploy on Cloudron should be OS wherever possible, it doesn't matter that much to me that the tool I am using to deploy is not OS. I just want it to continue its stability and grow its functionality even further. I use a Mac as primary desktop, and I don't stop doing so because Apple operating system is not open. Cloudron has amply demonstrated their reliability. I don't need it to be OS in order to trust it and use it.
Just my 2p, others may have different considerations.