Those rushing to FA's defense here or saying that the administration doesn't get anything in exchange for their work really need to take a step back and look at what's taken place over the last month. The FurAffinity staff raised over $16,000 from the community in a matter of weeks, at a rate of a little under a dollar every two minutes. Why couldn't some of that money have been put towards doing some real development for the site -- not this hobby stuff, but actually paying somebody to work on it, even for a short time? All the expensive hardware in the world can only do so much to prop up a codebase as messy as FA's. Instead of treating the symptoms, as everybody's seemed content to do up to this point, why not take a moment to consider the root cause?
That's a load of garbage. Everyone who donated money to support FA's return knew exactly what FA was and have had PLENTY of opportunity to discuss with the admins here as to what they'd like to see from the "new" FA. Besides, it's easy to point fingers and criticize. Tell you what. You think they should have paid someone to do the work? Why not do some research, make some calls, and figure out what an "estimated cost" would be for what you'd like to see FA become...
Every day that FA remains down -- especially after a lengthy hiatus like this -- is another day that artists, many of whom may actually depend on the site to do their commissions, can't give their clients an update, can't solicit more work, etc. It may seem silly to those of you trying to get on the administration's good side, but yes, there are actually people out there who derive some portion of their livelihood from the site's operation. These artists bring users, traffic... and ad revenue. Stop taking them and the rest of your userbase for granted by making promises you can't (or won't) keep.
If you're an artist, and you're suffering this severely from FA being down, then you need to reevaluate your marketing strategies. If you're a freelance artist, and you're expecting to make a living by selling your art/services on a single FREE website, you're nothing short of a fool. If exposure is what you're looking for (it should be, if you're trying to make it as a freelance artist), then you need to broaden your horizons. You need to be selling yourself on other sites like Furbid, Yiffstar, FAP, VCL, etc., etc.
Hell, if your primary concern is the artists, why not do them all a favor and start your own site which spotlights and exposes many furry artists. You could call it, "Furry Artists Guild"...or "FAG" for short! (haha)
Seriously, though, I hardly think that should be a complaint of any artist, because if they were good enough (either in skill or personal relations with their fanbase), (A) their fans would know how to contact them OUTSIDE of FA (AIM, Y!IM, ICQ, e-mail, etc.,etc.), and (B) previous commissioners would be coming back to commission them again. In fact, I would think, for some artists, this could be a serendipitous occurrence, since the fandom is without easily accessable art through FA...how else to satiate their hunger for furry art than to commission their favorite artist?
And as for trying to get on anyone's good side, I find your comment laughable. I can't speak for everyone here, but I'm simply tired of checking for updates and seeing people cry about it, like they're these unfortunate victims of Dragoneer's and Yak's sadistic cruelty towards the art-starved fandom. Come on, I love FA, but there's more to life than sitting on here and waiting for a website to come back online. Whining about it does NOTHING to speed up the process, nor does bitching about FA's shortcomings make you look anything more than a jackass.