Let me paint you a picture.
An internet community gets going. It starts small, with a dedicated userbase. Then it grows larger, and as a result, the closely-knit userbase finds the state of affairs intolerable moves their discussions to an external location. Like a chatroom, another forum, or an IRC channel. Some users continue straddling the two.
I think I’ve found a third instance of this happening. Does this happen every time? Is this state of affairs cyclical? Is this the work of the Wheel?
Must investigate further.
I’ve seen this happen twice. I’m guessing it’s a Dunbar’s number thing.
That the moved-out community started there doesn’t seem important. I mean most people on #yackfest were some kind of latecomer to trope-hell.
(the necessary ingredient: elitism)
Stuff like this happened back in Usenet days, something along these lines was mentioned in this article back in 2003 so it’s a pretty common thing, yeah. The Dunbarish thing also gets a mention.