This is a question motivated purely by curiosity. (On advice from others, I listened in on /glff, on Elendilmir, for several hours once. I don't think I saw any requests for fellowship at all; it was all trash talk and mine-is-bigger-than-yours jokes.)
So ... while the group was passworded, with the password known only to a few, did the content differ any? Was there maybe a higher percentage of fellowship requests among the usual static? If so, I can sort of imagine why whoeveritwas passworded the group. Though he still shouldn't have done so, I agree.
Eruanne - Shards of Narsil-1 - Elendilmir -> Arkenstone