Went back through my archives and found the exact day cccd9 was banned. I think it was the 17or or 18th Jan 2011 around 4 o'clock or so. His weekly pony thread got spammed, he deleted it, made a new one, apparently that violated the "no new pony thread except on x weekday", obvious bullshit, and he got banned. He evaded for a bit over Tor (as you do), he was told to get on IRC and clear things up with the mods, but probably had no experience with it (I never used it either) and he just fucked off.
That was the birth of Equestria Daily.
We kinda made history in a way. I'm told that site is pretty big in that corner of the fandom.
Also the ban and him leaving didn't even help, because DemonicKitsune picked up with the spam right where cccd9 left off.>>3643238
I vaguely remember that. If it exists, I probably have it saved somewhere.