I'm of mixed feeling about this, because let's face it - there never has been a real community around Intfiction. Maybe the boomers who thought they were better off just sticking it out on RAIF were in the right after all, because they became so watered down and uninteresting after that. And what was basically the first real conflict they had just led to some of the more lively people being driven off and their forum locked forever into this boring generic monoculture with Dan making their rules for them.
I think there are people out there who WOULD be interested in an IF forum with less of a stifling atmosphere, but it would be essentially growing a community from scratch with nothing holding it together but an interest in text games...and usually only in certain kinds of text games. There's definitely still a major schism between parser IF/interactive novels/tiny sadtwines and experimental stuff, then the more polished hybrid games and the shallow soft porn romance garbage that passes for 'choice based' on mobile these days. Then of course there's the actual AIF community which is bigger and weirder than ever these days now that they've realized pandering to furries is where the actual cash money is.
There's a lot of crossover there, sure, but some big all encompassing community would be a full time job to build and keep together. It's a lot more than just setting up some forum software, and the only way IntFiction itself accomplished it...even to the mostly failed degree they did, half dead and with no sense of community...is by a heavy handed enforcement of their 'culture' that demands the stripping away of personality and creativity and doesn't allow any sort of passion or conflict. Even mild sarcasm is flagged and deleted over there.
But yes, it is maybe a little problematic that Dan, the guy whose major contribution to IF was locking it behind a paywall, was allowed to direct policy on IntFiction, get control of the IFComp and now owns the IFDB as well. The IFTF genuinely never needed to exist in the first place, and their motivations in quietly taking total control over a massive and farflung indie community are suspect at best. There are at least a few other authors who seem realize this. But I'm kind of looking at it like, well all power to them if someone over there pushes back enough that something comes of it, but the "mainstream IF community" such as it is allowed this to happen to themselves, so it's on them to sort it out if they want freedom badly enough. The rest of us who already have our own dedicated communities without these problems are just going to continue to do our own thing.
Honestly the more I think about it, the key to a truly diverse and vibrant IF community is exactly what we're doing here with ADRIFT, with CYS, how Quest is and so on, plus the various other smaller splinter communities. People with interests in certain systems or styles of games really should band together and support their own authors and develop their own cultures. No one person or group should have it all under their thumb, and obviously people are most passionate about the things that interest them. Prune, just look at your own dedication to ADRIFT, you've literally been the one thing keeping this place afloat at times. Or think of how it was when it was David chipping away at those billion games and reviews. Besides all that, actually knowing the people you share your hobbies with is essential. That sense of connection and intimacy is the big and obvious thing missing in places that try too hard to embrace everything by embracing nothing.
There's this little group that split off from CoG recently because CoG was too 'toxic' and LGBT unfriendly for them (I know I know, just...how, lol) and my friends and I were making fun of them at first, but honestly looking at it now, good for them. They know what they want and they're free to do it and be creative in their own way no matter how dumb I might personally think it is.
I mean minus the fact they were leaving their little Tumblr safespace to go out to harass and threaten people on other forums and on Discord over it, lol. But even IntFiction mods will happily (and hypocritically) do that much to others, so that is just acceptable internet behavior now, I guess.
....okay so actually I guess my feelings weren't mixed at all.