I, too, will miss the list - but not because of my name in the ranks, but for the conversation, wit and debate that your posts brought to this thread. It is (was?) a labor of love, and even with the stat tool to help, that just isn't enough to counter the fact that things are just not the same anymore.
Even after the latest redesign, daily portal volumes have dropped and we are constantly besieged by cookie-cutter crap, spam and just plain garbage. We no longer can wield our votes and blow a whistle - everything requires a mod. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it didn't seem to help matters too much.
I think that if Tom and Wade want to bring this site back to it's glory, they should focus not just on advertising it, but completely rethinking the voting and points structure - and adding the logic to monitor voting patterns, along with bots that can temporarily (or permanently) ban a user from voting if they are profiled as "always voting up", "always blamming" or "voting on every submission every day" - or if they have too many submitted flashes being deleted by the admins / mods.
Also, there should be penalties for users that upvote a flash that later get blammed or deleted by the mods / admins. In that case, the user would lose 1 protection point - and if multiple instances occurred on the same day, maybe even more. User that upvote a flash that gets blammed only by other user votes are not penalized. Again, more stats can be accrued to see which users habitually upvote flashes that are administratively deleted - and these users can be disabled from voting as well.
Most of these ideas require some one-time coding on the NG site to capture all of the raw voting information , and then a handful of analysis tools combined with a parameter file that will sift through it all and determine who needs to be warned, temporarily shut down, or perma-banned. They could call it V-Bot.
I have plenty of ideas, and I am willing tovolunteer my time, effort , programming and database analysis skills to Tom, Wade, PsychoGoldfish or anyone else here who thinks there's some merit to my concepts, but doesn't have the time or resources. I would rather spend my time helping things get better here than watching this site continue to lose ground. This is a serious offer - and yes, it is pro bono!
As for you, Bahamut, my friend - I will bid the list adieu, but not you. I hope you stick around for a little while longer - maybe, just maybe, there's still time to turn this ship around.