Re: Continuous product and service improvement
"I think advertisers, not readers, pay the wages."
Think about who provides El Reg's direct income (yes, the advertisers) and who pays the advertisers (the readers and potential readers, directly or indirectly).
Restore something resembling "Rate this article" and trial it as a proxy indicator for "I'd pay 10p/20p/40p etc for this article" and see how well it works. Might cause a bit of an upset in e.g. the DevOps and "security research" article sectors. Which might benefit lots of people.
Merry Christmas. You're fried.