One of the problems that comes up around releasing a piece of formerly proprietary software as open source is the necessity to "scrub the history" of potentially embarrassing or legally hazardous material, such as poorly-chosen commit messages. This can lead to project teams who have authorization to release software and publish it, but only if they delete all repository history by creating a new repo using a clean file copy -- not because anything bad is known to be in the history, but because the resources to inspect it aren't available.
My question regarding this practice is: have there been any documented occurrences where doing a "no history" release of software resulted in some kind of severe failure?
By "severe failure" I mean things like: project becomes a pariah and has few users and no contributors, or company gets sued, or lack of history leads to a hostile fork, etc. Something bad enough to make you doubt the wisdom of releasing at all.
I'm aware of the hypothetical problems, but I can't think of anywhere those have actually happened.