Just a question: why not use Pieter Hintjens’ C4 contribution strategy? It doubled his contributions for ZMQ. This one here seems to be doing the opposite…
I think you’re right. The GOGS project seems to be turning people away from the project. Gitea seems to have got the community better served. I think Gitea will advance GOGS further than GOGS itself. The trick is to recognise when you pet project has grown to the point where you can let it fly in the wider world.
For example, Eclipse would be nowhere if they had not let go of the reigns and created the Eclipse foundation.
I would be happy to help adapt what worked for ZMQ for gogs with C4.