Tomorrow (Monday the 24th) marks the official start of the experiment. I am confident that living without paywalled content is a fully liveable situation as a researcher within my field, focusing mostly on library and information science where open access is well known and practiced.
So far it seems we did not achieve a massive amount of participants for the experiment (considering that there was a fully open invitation for anyone in the world to join), but considering that we only came up with the idea for this a few weeks ago in the midst of the academic year, I´m sure we´re going to learn a lot about how these types of crowdsourced projects can be better managed. A better web platform for participant registration, data input, and collaboration would be pretty high on my list currently. I´d very much like to make this an annual thing, could be interesting to see how the field evolves through a very different perspective than mere top-down bibliometrics.
I, and others participating, will report back soon once we´ve gotten a feel for this. I am confident the experiment won´t set us back a month in research progress and staying up to date with things happening within our respective fields – open access will take care of that not happening.