Okay, I was going to post this on the thread where we talked about the IR/SA conflicts, but I think it'd be better if this was private. It's better we don't bring most of the feelings back anyway.
I think I remember seeing you around. As for why it started, you'd have to be specific on which conflict. The first started because we learned of an MBer's death. We had a funeral thread and asked that no threads irrelevant to the funeral to be posted for that weekend. One SAMBer didn't follow that and we told them what was going on and asked nicely that they did. They complained to SA, and a bunch of people came over to post random stuff. Eventually, the person apologized and most of the people left.
The second was unintentionally started by one of Jonathan's Virtual Worlds I think. He made a joke about IR being better (the series), but the SAMBers thought it was about the people and MBs. Lasted for a bit, he apologized pretty quickly, still went on for a little after that.
The third and final one involved one SAMBer. I should probably give more info to this one.
After all the conflicts, we (the members of IR), created a bunch of unofficial rules to keep peace in the MB (I think I have a copy somewhere if you want to read them and see what they were about, just need to find it). They were basic, like be nice, please do not come here if you only want to cause conflict, moderate the randomness (randomness was SA's thing, IR preferred having councils and planned events, it was just sorta the MB way). Anyway, we would give the link to new MBers so that they'd understand and no conflicts would break out.
This MBer I mentioned (not saying who because it's in the past now) posted a bunch of threads all the time and it became hard to catch up on events. We asked that they make less topics and maybe keep them in groups, like a blog for events in life and another for book related stuff. After all, the MB was small, so we read almost every thread anyway. They took it to meaning that we were "preventing them from being themself" and mentioned it on SA, who did the same thing they did the first time.
We were angry, after all, what right did a bunch of people, almost all of which had never even been to IR, have to tell us how our MB was run? Order and limited randomness (like fluffeh random or spam, to be specific, not stuff like RPs or blogs or games) made for peace Would they like it if we told them their MB had to be that way? It got bad on both sides.
Eventually, mods stepped in, but they basically just said we (IR) had to get over it. Several people in our group (and only our group, even though some others were also as bad) got banned, temporarily and permanently. I was the first one, I think (6 months, by the way). The ones who didn't were tired of it and left. After all, all three of these conflicts happened over a few months. Why wouldn't people get tired of it? Thus, the end of IR.
Just wanted to give you the answer if you didn't know. We did have some nice SAMBers on our side though, including ones like you who just wanted to figure out what was happening so that it would stop.
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