It happened so long ago before so many things brought upon 4chan's downfall into normalcy.
Basically. Soccer Manager threads and few other niche threads had generals because they were nice and organized. Then all of a sudden, mods wanted us to start making generals for everything.
We won the first few battles because old /sp/ couldn't be tamed. Then I left for a while and came back. I saw that we had eventually lost. This was honestly the beginning of the end. /sp/ honestly does a great job of putting /pol/ posters in their place but /pol/ is an infestation.
It sucks and tripfags on there ruin everything.
Trip codes will never be used for their original purpose.