They were a rowdy bunch and just about anything was okay short of personal attacks. Considering I've witnessed personal attacks here, it seems some of them migrated and infected the place. Or maybe some people are just a-holes wherever they are.
Some of us used to have fun riffing on each other. Don't really see a problem with that, if both parties know what it's about. Busting balls and whatnot. If that's not someone's thing, that was respected. With that, there were a lot of inside jokes, and a board culture emerged. I can see how someone coming in new would have been put off by that.
We did have a couple of guys who needed to go....lines were crossed, and they were handled by our excellent mods.
At least one of those that were banned (after multiple chances) used to post here but maybe he was more well mannered at TRF.