Summitpost is my site of choice for storing and displaying my content, no worries. Folks use my beta here everyday, thus the 6 million hits, etc. The issue I have with the front page is not that my work should be featured, as I stated in the OP as though you really took the time to read it, I realize most folks who peruse the internet and this site do not climb at the level I am climbing. In other words most of the stuff I climb is not mainstream. My work is found and thus utilized via Google (specific beta search), not through SP and thus does not need to be featured.
However, this site could be and should be much more dynamic in attracting not just new contributors whose work could randomly show up on the front page versus being selected via chronyism, but just as important, more users (readers) of beta/content. Right now most folks who visit SP see a bunch of garbage on the front page and move on.
Lets take a look at Gangolf's latest since his contributions are always featured. They were last week, they are this week, they were the week before...whenever I look, there is some obscure German/Euro walk featured. But today's selection is such an example of why there are no dynamics, no new blood, even while old valued contributing members continue to leave. Gangolf adds the page that is featured this week, prob been featured several times, who knows, who cares. It is a climbing crag yet he does not climb. It is akin to some youngster (not many mature adults would even do same) adding City of Rocks to SP even though they don't climb. Adding a climbing contribution to SP when you have not personally climbed at the location has always been frowned upon and if it was a new member, he/she would get hounded. Gangolf? he gets 80 confirmations of what a great job he did. Seriously? that is why there are no real climbers from Germany adding content. No first person beta. Last I checked this site was suppose to be something different than wikipedia. Obviously it is not.
As for my content, I use summitpost more than summitpost uses me. It serves my purpose well. My only gripe is when I look at the rest of the site outside of my own work, it falls well short of what it could be and is stale and seems to be dying a slow death in terms of real participation from new folks, whilst losing quality climbing/real sport members, with zero innovation to curb same. Old fashioned cronyism, patting each other on the back and telling each others all so sensitive ears what they want to hear will not change that. Only real change I know comes from effort and work versus bullshit patronism.