We are seeing the downside of creating sites based on the personalities. When all the original personalities are gone, you lose what attached people to the site.
I think they made a big mistake over on Screened. They should of introduced the new guys while Rorie was still there. By Rorie leaving then introducing new people. They are basically playing the role of step-parents to a bunch of ticked off users. A lot of people left and don't want to give the new people a chance, because they were invested emotionally with the staff they knew. There is no attachment to these new people.
Having Rorie there while the new writers were getting known, the users would have been much more open to give the new people a chance. Then once they got to know them there would be a chance for Rorie to leave will less stress.
It's probably the same when Gia and John left Anime Vice. (I was not an Anime Vice user back then) The site personalities are like the keystones in the communities.
The thing about this is that when those two were gone, users such as myself and Sora started submitting articles of our own. I had been submitting articles even while Gia and John were still here, and Sora was the one who revived the Quick Picks segment in article form. Then other mods and a few users joined in. Tom followed soon after. Me and the mods submitting articles were know well by the user base. They didn't kick out Gia and John and get replaced by a much of people who no one knew.
I know I wouldn't be happy at all to not be able to submit anymore news or editorials. I really enjoy doing that. I'd be doing it more if I could.