Hiro's reply to the whole thing was literally:>"It's cute"
Hell, they even had a poll for the whole thing that had FAR more people voting for keeping the board's merged than dividing them again, in fact several mods even supported it. it was only when one tremendous sperglord faggot of a mod got triggered by the existence of it all, and decided to go full "SHUT IT DOWN!!!!", that the whole thing got screwed over. I think some of them moderation staff that supported the change were also given the boot because of it.