After a brief deliberation, we've decided to introduce the MSUs back into the game. In this thread we are going to start posting periodic updates about Mod Squad activity. We think they can be both a way to let you know what we are working on behind the screen, to get instant feedback on the issues at hand, and to add a heightened degree of MS transparency. We think there's been a serious communication issue between MS and the users, and that MSUs were a good moderation tool in the past, so we believe they can be that again. They might not be the solution to all of our issues, but they will help. Several things are going to be different about MSUs: MSUs are going to be monthly, as the current activity doesn't merit posting a weekly update. We are saving the possibility of making extraordinary updates if MS movement merits it. MSUs are going to be limited to thus "Mod Squad Updates" thread to both encourage the continued discussion on issues and to avoid clogging the Communications forum. MSUs won't be posted by a rotating cast of mods anymore. The admins are going take care of them. We think we can manage the monthly update pretty easily. They are not going to be the pretty HTML-full updates of the past, either: they are going to be full with info and debate points. The first regular MSU is going to happen on Feb 1st. We'll try to post an extraordinary update before the end of the week focusing on the most current issues, like the situation of the Senate. Thank you for your patience.