Over the years I have used the website academia.edu to post pre-prints of my publications, connect with other academics, and access their pre-prints (https://royalholloway.academia.edu/JohnSellars). I was initially drawn to it when it was first launched in part because it was set up by a philosophy student. Overall it has been very useful and I’ve been grateful for it. In recent years, however, the website has become less and less user friendly as they have tried various ways to monetise the site. I don’t object to them trying to do this - its a free service so it’s got to be paid for some way - but the constant pop-up windows and premium services that keep changing seem to be increasingly get in the way.
So, I’m seriously considering an alternative. One option is researchgate.net. I’ve already got a profile there (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John-Sellars-2) and have connected with a few people, but in general there seem to be far fewer people using it. It is also primarily aimed at the sciences, which perhaps explains why few in the humanities use it. But apart from that, it works very well. If I were a scientist I’d probably use it.
Another option is hcommons.org, Humanities Commons, explicitly aimed at people in the humanities. This has all sorts of excellent features, such as DOI numbers for pre-prints and the ability to create Wordpress websites, but again few people in my areas of interest seem to be using it. In terms of functionality, and being non-profit, it’s a serious contender.
Something just for philosophers is philpeople.org. I have a profile (https://philpeople.org/profiles/john-sellars) but much of my work involves connecting with people in Classics, History, and Religious Studies, so that feels a bit too restrictive for me.
Alternatively I could simply post pre-prints at my institution’s repository and leave it at that. I’m required to input some information there but it is far from user friendly and the URL alone probably tells you all you need to know: https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/john-sellars(709b3ed0-efe1-45cc-923f-9d180a42fb9a).html
A less social option would be simply to upload files here to my own website and leave it at that.
I have no desire to maintain multiple sites, so I rule out in advance the idea of using them all. I’d like just one place where everything is gathered together.