"A moderatorial attitude"? That is comical. I honestly can't remember acting as a moderator publicly between yesterday and this past January. And I can't remember Debra doing so either. Have we? We all (the two of us and RP) catch spam and stuff, but that really has been about it.
I don't buy the "we can't afford" line, although I can see where that comes from, from the same place that this from Caissa comes from:
There isn't enough traffic on this site to begin with.
Most of the people who come to BnR are not itching to be part of a bigger, faster-moving site. I have no idea what Caissa meant by "enough traffic," but that seems to be his and Mandos's problem.
BnR gets the "traffic" it gets. I'm not aware of that many people who have left. I know that some of my favourite people have no time to write here any longer, and a few others were driven away by public bullying. Debra and I have tried to keep in touch with those people, but they tend to be canny and they know that things have not settled down.
Again, moderators appear here in public so seldom that it's funny, but when we do, we don't do it out of personal resentment. We do it because we know that other members are disturbed, and we consider their worries reasonable.
If I were to do an analysis of what I think the meta-issues are, I would be accused of being cruel, and that's not my place as a moderator. The main problem I'm aware of is that a few very aggressive personalities have frightened the very people this board was set up for.
I will make two personal observations:
Mandos, I'm sorry that you can't find the space you covet on a faster-moving Merkin board, but that's life, eh? BnR is not Lambert's place, never will be, and in spite of myself, I am beginning to feel some empathy for Lambert.
Caissa, normally I think that anyone here can write however much or however little she wants to, and I very much oppose judgement at that level, but it always strikes me as odd that people who contribute almost no content to the site would be the noisiest in process or "meta" discussions. Have you ever written a post with any content? I think of you as 95 per cent attitude, and that's about it.
And a PS to Mandos: "presently" means "in a little while." You mean "currently" or "at present."