Mixed. Very mixed. I don't think the board changed much from 1999 to 2006. What we really had was the illusion of change. The names changed, the staff changed, some forums were added, moderation varied in response to what was going on, but the basic themes were the same. Before MA, everything was in QS&F, before TNZ there were controversial topics in Misc., before ENT there was VOY, etc. etc. etc. The board got larger but it only intensified whatever was already going on to begin with.
There are divisions within those first seven years but, looking back on it now, it really was the same thing with different details.