I used to go into those aol program chat rooms where you would type a certain character or phrase and this bot would put you on a mailing list for a gigantic number of aol programs to be mailed to you. Programs like punters, faders scrollers, etc. It's pretty lame now, but when I had AOL (WAY back when I first started using the internet) I thought it was pretty cool and that's what motivated me to learn programming for myself. Are those the rooms you're talking about Moffesto? I think they were called Warez
But that's not the reason I personally dislike AOL. Everyone knows Cable/DSL++ is the way to go.