How can you be motivated to be productive when you feel disgusted by what your contribution has been turned into through something you don't like and didn't endorse?
Problem is not with moderation which is very good; if you want brawls, go to the bar. Problem is general direction site has taken; ownership disconnect, overblown advertising, security holes, etc etc. The way people feel is: Why would I donate my free time to something I am now having bad vibe about. When this is fixed, everything else comes back naturally. Or the site closes down; as simple as that.
I personally don't feel the site is over-moderated, but I appreciate Candy Sack's comment about the lack of comments. I'm guilty of this myself. I don't want to derail the thread, which is about VigLink primarily, but on the side-topic of CT's long-term viability, I always appreciate comments on my posts and need to be better about commenting on others, even if all I have to say is a brief "Nice one!" or "Great pics!"