Way back in the before-time (90's), I started lingering around the piano at Coke Corner. Through the group that hangs out there, I was told about a group of APers who met every Sunday at the hub. It was there that I met Al and a bunch of other folks who posted on a usenet newsgroup commonly referred to as "ADD", short for alt.disney.disneyland
This was not the first stage of the expanded Disney internet community... it had, as I understand it, broken off from RADP (rec.arts.disney.parks), as some folks felt that RADP was too Florida-centric.
Anywho, I'm one of those rare folks who met the in-park group first, THEN started posting on ADD (ADDers, we called ourselves). Then talk began of getting some of the more popular user websites under one umbrella. Al's Disneyland Information Guide, Adrienne's Happiest Potties On Earth, Fab's Fabulous Disney Babe, and Doobie & Rebecca's Laughing Place started to discuss uniting. A disagreement erupted, the nature of which I never did hear, but it caused a split in the group. D&R decided to go it alone with LP, and took many of the RADP crowd and some ADDers with them. The remaining folks formed MP or became MP users.
It was around this time that certain trolling individuals made posting on ADD nearly impossible, as they made it their purpose in life to flame and derail every single thread that came up, especially if it involved Al. The MP folks then brought their boards online. I was there for a few years, and eventually, the originators of MP started breaking off into separate sites again, including Al, who formed MiceAge. The posting community remained where they were, though many of us started reading MA in addition to (or in some cases in substitution for) the site we were on. That is... until another split occurred (this is a life cycle thing, it happens), and some of us decided to migrate elsewhere. That elsewhere, despite the generous hospitality of the site's owner, was unfortunately peopled by one of the causes of the original migration to moderated forums, and the inevitable happened. Some members of the migratory group (does that make us cyber-bedouins?) decided it was high time to just have their own boards, rather than take shelter under someone else's roof. Thus 3 boards were born within a week of each other, 2 of which remain to this day.