Not quite. He was already planning that board, but it started and there was an increase in membership contemporaneous with the Pit rules situation. It’s also a bit simplistic to say people were upset bc Ed said we couldn’t say FU/c*nt. Not going to rehash it here, but it was more about the process and reasons the new rules came to be, than the rules themselves.
GB was never intended to be SDMB lite or whatever. It’s its own place with its own culture, an extremely small piece is off-board snark (one thread at a time). It’s looser in tone and not as vigorously moderated, but nastiness, in general, around misogyny, racism etc is less tolerated in many ways. People are more empowered to react to bad comments, and that helps.
May not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s not the cesspool of doxing and evilness that it’s reputation seems to be. Right now, the majority of the new threads are a mega poll around favorite 1960s music.
I’m not inclined to continue this discussion as a hijack, but it seemed jumping here now to clarify was important.