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""There was a purge of right-leaning posters a year or two ago""

What was the history behind this?

My tangential contact with the viciousness that had erupted was here on the Improve the Fool. At this point I don't recall the specific spark that began the conflagration. But it was either during Trump's campaign, or not long after he had won. And the discussion was hijacked to a political focus, with the Trumpists spewing a divisive skewering anger that became very personal rather than political, and was really dirty. I was pretty floored, because I stay away from the political boards and knew a few of those people from elsewhere--and had never suspected. AverageJoe was one of them. I knew him exclusively from the Words Words Words board. I think we lost more than Joe from that board, and it certainly has suffered.

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