I understand greece's point may have come off as crass, but he does have a point. Why not hire on a new [volunteer] moderator with some web/programming experience? Obviously byennie has been huge in keeping this thing running, but it wouldn't hurt to have one of the other higher-ups getting involved in the creative/functional side of things.
Losing the CB connection can't have helped this site. Maybe it's time to consider other avenues to gain membership now that we have withstood the separation.
As for the mods, we do appreciate what you do. It is a thankless job. I will say that it definitely seems more by the book than ever, though. I guess after 15 or so years (14 for me), people probably get crankier