From what I can gather from the message that now appears where any Elfwood site should be, it was the result of disputes over art theft, disagreement over rules, and even death threats to ERB regulators.
How could people be so stupid? I can understand being angry at having art removed (particularly when the artist who's work is removed did NOT steal the art in question - it almost happened to me) but telling ones friends and allowing them to start a flame war is just useless. Especially when it escalates to such a degree. I'm apalled that people would even consider such a thing. Elfwood is a free service, generously offered by people who receive very little, if any, compensation for their time and work on the project and are instead battered by complaints and requests because somewhere along the line, people forget that Elfwood does not, and never will, owe THEM anything. If they want to post anything they want, they can join Geocities or Homestead or buy their own domain name and set up and maintain a gallery there - but each and every artist who is a member of Elfwood needs to keep in mind that they are only there as a favor from those who created the project.
I sincerely love Elfwood. Through it, I have made friends, some closer than the ones I see every day outside the internet. I have received criticism and advice and have (I hope) grown and advanced as an artist. I have seen some of the worst abuses of web space and some of the finest examples of art in existence. I only wish that others felt the same about the wondrous online community it formed.