Since this site is now in beta, it is time to have these conversations with the folks who are actually building this site. Please bring your comments and discussions to this site's 'meta' support forum so not to split these conversations. Thanks.
Proposal: Startup Business
On the old startups Stack Exchange I was a user with 3,000+ rep, 84 answers, and hundreds of edits. I proudly linked to my profile from LinkedIn, Quora, even my email signature. Answers.OnStartups got me involved in other StackExchange sites, where I've contributed with answers, edits, and questions on Stack Overflow, Webmasters, Wordpress, User Experience, and others.
Now, after providing Stack Exchange with who knows how many pageviews and associated revenue, all of my contributed content on the site I was most active on has been trashed into a zip file, and I don't even have an archived profile to show for my effort.
After the fact, I've learned that the issue was that not enough of the original community was still active. Rather than trying to re-engage that community, without even a single email sent to the broader community to discuss alternatives to closing, someone (I assume the StackExchange "Community Managers") decided to close the site, posted a notice to the rarely-visited meta section of Answers.OnStartups, and shut it down a month later.
How can the Community Managers not see this as blatantly disrespectful to the creators of the content the network is built on? Why should I or anyone else participate in re-creating a community they've already trashed once?
Edit: With thanks to Robert Cartaino for his reply, the core question is still unanswered. Why should the larger amount of content creators contribute when their work will be thrown away without consultation if the core community can't figure out how to get more people to moderate?
Is the expectation that Dharmesh Shah, Jason Cohen, Patrick McKenzie, and members in general shouldn't expect their participation in the community / content contributions to be valued unless they're also willing to edit answers, close questions, organize tags? Throwing away everyone's content sends the signal that these communities are not a place worth contributing to if you can't regularly participate in "core governance" too.