I'm facing an issue where I've had several forum staff members (unpaid volunteers) for a long time. Some are reaching 4 years. It's a pretty close knit group. While we have had some communication issues here and there and have had to weed out some problem staff members over time, we all work pretty well together. We have a FB ongoing staff chat where burning platform issues are discussed, plus some general goofing off as a staff. What I'm seeing is a shift toward some kind of "elite" mentality where they no longer recognize that members are the ones who keep us afloat. It doesn't matter if we like them personally or not. We do have problem members, but I do not see any value with rehashing old drama again and again and stirring the pot. When one mod has a personality conflict with a member, they can tend to drag the whole staff to their "side." I've had to step in a few times and remind them that ****-talking members is not only unprofessional and tacky, but that they are also forgetting that just because they don't like someone doesn't mean they don't add value to the forum. As the forum owner, they look to me for strategic vision for the forum, but at this point, it seems like although my vision is growing and changing, they are stagnant and seem to be going through the motions. I often tell them that if they aren't interested in the subject matter anymore, don't have time, or otherwise just cannot perform effectively, then they need to step down. A few have done so and I felt like they made the right decision. Others seem like they are just hanging on to being a staff member like some kind of crutch. Anyone experience this kind of staff slump before?