I was a very active member of AAAC for about four years. I learnt a ton and even made a few friends through the site. I got to about a thousand posts and stopped because of some changes to my life, but the other day I poked my head in there again for the first time in over a year.
The place had definitely changed. What were omnious signs a year ago have indeed consumed the site. For instance, although I am more a Savile Row guy, I appreciated the Trad forum. I do believe that it has done more to "codify" the Ivy League style than any place else, and I think that the forum has raised the profile of traditional American clothing among stylists and advertisers (which then gets filtered to the public as a whole). However, the trad forum then became populated with people who were looking for the "trad lifestyle". Ironically, as much as they eschwed Ralph Lauren, they had bought into his advertising.
Another problem: people who had no experience of gentlemen's clubs thought it was a "club of gentlemen". It thereby became a parody of such a thing. Like the depiction of the Philadelphia Club in Trading Places.
Heavy-handed (and not entirely even-handed) moderation also drove a good portion of the more free-thinking away, IMHO.
I miss the old AAAC. It had some of the best educated people on any of the "fora". It had a great trans-Atlantic membership that not only liked traditional clothing, but was also interested in the culture that surrounded it and how that culture related to the modern world. The threads on formal wear (though they could get overly proscriptive) were fantastic. For instance: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=65697
I think I may revive my old AAAC moniker here (even though half of my posts there were wiped out at some point last year). It's still unclaimed and a few folk from the old days who may remember now seem happily ensconced here.