Because marxists.org is a hot mess of a website. Have you looked through the site's source? I have (I once downloaded about 70Gb from a total of ~270Gb) and it's a real mess. Each section of the website adheres to slightly different formatting standards, and the website as a whole relies on 90s-style plain HTML for navigation. There is no easy way to browse texts by tags, authors or other advanced means, because the site is static and that means some poor guy has to manually write out every single navigation page. Another issue with MIA is its lack of good ebooks. Every ebook added needs to be manually compiled. You can't even write scripts to convert the HTML books into epubs because each book is formatted slightly differently from the next, and thus you would have to manually convert all of them. This lack of standardization is also the reasons MIA hasn't moved on from its 90s style despite all the requests: it's not (as they claim) that the old style doesn't affect usability, but simply that at this point the site is too large for a complete rewrite (perhaps using some modern website engine) to be doable.
Consider the process of adding a text to MIA. First, you go to the Contact section, in order to find the right email address you should talk to in regards to your text. You need to go through language and author sections until you find the right guy. Then you email this person, and hope they reply in time (they likely won't). Then they'll give you guidelines to format a text for their section. Then you format the text in archaic 90s style HTML that isn't nearly as readable as a modern website. Wanna add an ebook you've generated too? Do it all over, this time contacting the guy responsible for ebooks. It's just too bureaucratic. This is why even the most popular texts on MIA have typos and translation errors: nobody wants to contribute to something so difficult.
On marxists.xyz, however, none of this applies. The contribution process goes like this: you click the Add Text button, format the text in a simple, modern markup language, and wait for a janny to revise it. Once the text has been let through, the site will automatically generate ebooks for it, and let it be accessible from the archive where you can browse by tags, categories, etc. All this in a modern and easy to use site. We made the site precisely because relying on marxists.org for our reading groups was getting tiresome. It's why, for now, we've mostly only republished texts already available on MIA; on marxists.xyz texts are much more readable and you get high quality ebooks as a bonus.
That said, if we get contributions of new translations and rare works, we might be sending them upstream to marxists.org simply because that's a website likely to last much longer than ours.>>7084>What about stuff that marxists.org doesn't host?
Yes! That's our ultimate goal, really. Become a platform to which anyone can easily add texts not easily available anywhere else. As of right now we've mostly just republished content from MIA, but I'm working on adding some academic papers and blog articles as well. We're not limited to being a "slightly more useable clone of marxists.org"
>Can I upload the whole MECW to marxists.xyz?
If you can typeset it, sure. We'll take anything.