I read this forum and hear people sifting compost. I sifted some one year, but I had to rub it through 1/2 inch hardware cloth. Compost from my pile is always in moist, pretty solid lumps about an inch or more around, usually formed around a little piece of twig, which I could rub through the cloth as well. It made a beautiful end product--tiny, uniform, light and fluffy, and black as night. I gave it to my mother (yeah, I was showing off.)
But so much work! I usually just put down lumps and all as a top dressing mulch, living the no till life as I do, water it down and wish the worms good luck.
What am I missing about the sifting equation? Or is everybody rubbing? Or is it because I chop everything first? What kind of pile/compost are all you guys sifting?