Probably the primary reason is that making the entire story public could open the door for countless webmasters and people in need to lobby for similar consideration.
You asked for advice and the mod squad chose to provide it, and they also chose how much help to provide. But you never asked for anything more than advice. I had just become a mod as this project was getting under way and I'm not clear on all of the reasons for the "special project" or "adopting" you, but I suspect it was partly an experiment related to the WebmasterWorld Answers concept that is presently being discussed.
As to my own reasons, I'm a quiet guy and just don't "toot my own horn" much. As a quiet member and a new mod, I felt the need to "make my bones," as a biker would say, introduce/identify/establish myself with the other, more articulate (verbose? ;) ) mods. My part in our "special project" gave me ample opportunity to do that. I volunteered to help and I've never regretted a minute of it!
Liane, what made this project work is your "grit," your independence, determination, and persistence. And your intellect.
We would bounce emails back and forth 12 hours or more each day, seven days a week for those five months. Liane was using an old Mac that I knew nothing about. I was on a PC and she was equally unfamiliar, we finally settled on Dreamweaver as a tool so we had SOMETHING in common. What most motivated to me persist were the apologetic emails during the holiday season. "I'll be out for the next 12 hours. Sorry! I'm going to the docks and row across the bay so I can work a shift at a friend's resturant. I need the money to eat! Back tomorrow morning, bright and early!"
As soon as food and rent were assured by income from her new site, Liane spent a considerable portion of that income telephoning Michelle (my daughter, Los Angles area) and me (Phoenix area) from the islands, simply to thank us.
This post does little to get this thread back on topic, my apologies. But I had more than one tear in my eye reading and remembering and wanted to add my little bits to it...
Liane, I'm looking forward to your book! ;)
Happy holidays to each of you!