… When you are threatened, you retreat in your mind to places of happiness. Comfort food is merely an aide-mémoire that uses more than one of your senses.”
In order to cut costs further, I announced our first ever lay-offs. At the end of May 2014, I’m cutting half our moderation staff to make up for revenue shortfalls. Starting June 1st, we’ll continue operating as normal, but with less staff with more of my time will be devoted to day to day moderation on the site.
Overall, moderation conforms to an 80-20 rule where with the right approach and moderateeffort you can get a very good community site, but going the extra mile takes multiples of effort to make small gains. I feel in the past we were very close to getting the best possible community site we could because we had so many resources available to us, and as we scale back the goal is to maintain that high quality as much as possible with the hope being the overall decrease won’t be so much as to drastically change the community.