|Originally posted by Roto:
Have you ever heard of the usenet group "rec.skiing.alpine", affectionately known as rsa? It predated Epic and the Powder forum and all the rest. It was pretty much the original internet skiing forum. It was great fun but completely unmoderated.
The article you reference is an outgrowth of an online spat that escalated into a huge mess. Various people took sides, names were called, people's identities were exposed, threats and counterthreats were made. Eventually, one of the parties went to court and got that order issued. It was all very silly to begin with but became very ugly. In many ways, it was a very interesting study in human interaction.
Like me, quite a few of the current Bears (as well as maggots and Telemark Tipsters) were participants in the old rsa but drifted away when it got too goofy.