Originally Posted by BRussell
I admit that I've probably spent a total of 3 minutes at Applenova, but I remember when the split happened, and I don't recall anything at all about the political forums. You're right that they didn't like the political forum anyway, but that was incidental, from what I recall.
As I recall, the administrator here and the higher-ups got into a hissy fight over what the board should look like. It was extremely lame, as I remember it, with all kinds of ridiculous drama. But it seems like they've got a nice group over there now, and I'm sorry they took some good folks with them that I miss reading.
Well, I've spent a bit more than 3 mintues at AN, so I can at least give another perspective on it.
Some of us wanted to run the forums ad free. It wasn't going to happen. Some also felt that the forums were being neglected in the face of the front page (which is fine since the forums generate little to no revenue) and weren't happy about that either.
Of course everything happened about as piss poorly as possible, and there was high drama but it seems that's internet life for you.
In the end everyone got their own sandbox.
The politics bit wasn't a reason for a split, but it was a policy change from AI.
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