I kow where you are coming from and understand it I suppose my question was directed to Dave or Jason because iI thought the might have heard from the feeders.
In a perfect world it would be excellent if anyone who volunteered a feed would also put some effort into maintaining a high up-time, but it does seem reality falls a tad short of that dream. From what I have seen here over the last few years a feeder occasionally will disappear without a trace. I would speculate that due to the site founder's commitment to his primary job (which is not this site) he does not have the time to track down the cause of every silent feed and instead has to deal with this through automation, a feature coming soon.
I also have read rumors of this site offering feeder contact information next to feed listings to allow avid feed fans a method for going right to the source. This of course assumes that each feeder permits this and there probably are going to be some who don't want the attention.
Personally I would like to see feed stats being maintained, too, since I would like to know what feeds consistently score high up-time. This would give those of us feeders with small listener numbers something
to crow about.