Grace Note asked: What can be done to bring more people to the community? Do you feel that's part of your responsibility as a moderator?
Jefromi answered: The main thing that anyone, not just mods, can do to grow the community might be better described as turning one-time users into members of the community, rather than just anonymously posting or even just reading. There's a lot that contributes to this: having lots of high-quality content, responding in a friendly way (to bad questions as well as good), having interesting questions that people will want to answer, and so on.
Jefromi continued: A mod can generally contribute to this in all the same ways that a normal user can, and I already try to do what I can in this department, so I'd naturally continue. But I don't think there's necessarily much of a special role/responsibility here, beyond obviously that mods should set a good example, doing the kinds of things hopefully many others do as well.
Jefromi continued: Perhaps the most critical place to set a good example is in responding to bad posts; that's the place where the community can normally get the least friendly.
Jefromi concluded: But since we get most of our completely new visitors from search engines, the place with the most bang for our buck is in keeping those visitors around.
ElendilTheTall answered: To answer this in reverse, I think any user who is active in the site and enjoys using it should try and spread the word, on and offline, if they can. I would like to see more networking being done with other, relevant sites to drive users our way. Photography, for example, has links with Gawker, running competitions occasionally. Given that food sites are so popular, there should be any number who would be willing to work with a prestigious site like ours.