Fair enough - as I say, I dropped off for a while and the turnover is fast and furious.
I do have to make a small correction in the spirit of honesty:
One small comment of clarification for the reply to me above: when I said "hasn't been an issue", I mean "staff blocking projects because they don't like the look" hasn't been an issue.
English being an imprecise language, I presume you mean "since then" and not at the time. I definitely recall "We shouldn't do this at all because the proposed changes to the voting system aren't to everyones liking." I think I recall "And really, we need to not let people who are only here to read have a vote, and if we like the way someone writes, they should have more votes and power because we will make them staff and give them more voting power."
My understanding was that she was less than a month from being able to pull the trigger on a new site - raw and bare bones, but with all the articles in place as well as a new forum (no easy way to copy over the 20,000+ forum threads).
Honestly, at the time it looked like we had to or the infrastructure was going to melt down. It's a pity we didn't know then that WikiDot was migrating servers from whatever they had been using to the Amazon cloud service. That's probably what was actually was causing some of the worst data glitches and unscheduled outages (not Amazon, but the way Wikidot was running the migration.) It's also what probably gave them enough data statistics to realize we're bigger than anyone else and triggered the "Youze meybe wanna pay a leetle bit more? Be a shame if we hadda shut ya down…"
That said, I don't think the site would have survived what I think would have happened to the Staff. Not sure the way it would go down, but there would be rage-quits, left side vs right side, secret cabals, and everything would be everyone else's fault but no one would be fixing anything.
Imagine Kondraki and Fishmonger running the site - that was my vision at the time.
Like I say, O5 seems calmer to the point of "Where's the drama? You used to have the BEST drama in there!" and now it's just "Yep, banned another minor over here until they were old enough, and permabanned someone being a troll in chat over there."