And that's what led to the Eastern Christianity forum?
Yes, I can remember it pretty well.
It was difficult to participate in a deep conversation about liturgy or theology, because of course the Byzantine Catholic perspective was different. People made a lot of assumptions and then an eastern Catholic would say something like " but our viewpoint is such and such ..." and it was really annoying to everyone else.
I think there was a lot of pressure to remove us and prevent us from worming our way into a lot of conversations.
I can remember trying to make the case that eastern Catholic topics should be in the Traditionalist section. I was really big on the universality of the church and by 'Traditionalist' of course they really meant 'Latin Traditionalist', not "all Catholic Traditionalist". Recently there was an excellent thread in that section on the Mozarabic church, spearheaded by a bright young man who did great research and happily shared it. I think you might remember it. The Mozarabic church is definitely one of the root traditions of Roman Catholicism.
There were a few who objected "what is this doing here?" as if it were something foreign. I thought it should be a sticky. That bias was so endemic and so natural to most people that it was like a fish in water doesn't know about the water.
So Liturgy is basically "Latin Rite Liturgy", and Apologetics is basically "Latin Rite Apologetics" and Traditionalist is basically "Latin Rite Traditionalist" and if you start a thread about Syro-Malabar Traditional Catholicism it gets moved to the ghetto.
Anyway, I was a bit resentful of the sequestering but the idea of making it a meeting place for Orthodox and Eastern Catholics made it seem worth the try. It could have been a little Orientale Lumen forum with ongoing high minded discussion. I had high hopes for it.
Instead it turned into a hothouse for debate.