We'll see. The issue you run into is that a lot of trustworthy members enjoy OT discussions and we make an effort to respect that but the unfortunate thing is that there are a lot of people who abuse that respect, and that's how threads get closed and privileges get taken away.
TBH, I don't think anything's changed since you were last here. It's kind of hold-over stuff from the first exodus. Mischa's heart was in the right place (as it always is), but staging a revolt is one thing and coordinating it with extracting people to somewhere else is another. That's just not the way you get things fixed. If they were fed up with this place, they could've left silently.
Myself, MaxOfMetal and Technomancer are the new mods.
SS.org has changed in a lot of ways and beyond the interest of a lot of the older guys, so I don't think it's unreasonable for them to prefer going elsewhere. For myself, I'm used to the way things are here now, so I still enjoy being here. Most of the people I know who ended up elsewhere, I talk to offline or on IM anyway.