This image is from the "Eve" platform I mentioned above. Note that five of the posts on this front page were authored by Bob Coniglio.
...The forum was really free wheeling back then. There some real characters that participated and sometimes discussions sort of took a turn...
Yes, there was a lot of trouble here at first. The old AOL boards that were popular back then were essentially un-moderated. Political discussions, personal attacks, threats, and name calling were commonplace there. Many who registered here in the early days thought they could bring that same kind of uncivilized behavior here. When we deleted posts and banned members because they refused to follow our rules and behave in a polite manner, it generated a lot of turmoil for a while.
Thankfully those days have passed. We now have a truly wonderful group of people here who are genuinely interested in talking about O Gauge trains and helping people.